Penn Library's LJS 459 - Sirr al-asrār. = سر الاسرار. (Video Orientation)



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Video Orientation to the University of Pennsylvania Library's LJS 459, an early copy of the long form of this popular treatise presented as a letter from Aristotle to Alexander the Great on statecraft, astronomy, astrology, magic, and medicine. The ending of the manuscript is missing; the text breaks off during a discussion of magical alphabets.

Probably written in Mosul, Iraq, between 1193 and 1211

Digital copy and a full record are available through Franklin:

Record on Internet Archive, with a link to a PDF:


Alexander the Great 356 B.C.-323 B.C, Islamic magic, Alexander the Great 356 B.C.-323 B.C. -- In literature, Education of princes -- Early works to 1800, Education of princes, Kings and rulers -- Duties -- Early works to 1800, Kings and rulers -- Duties, Political ethics -- Early works to 1800, Political ethics, Astronomy -- Early works to 1800, Astronomy, Islamic magic -- Early works to 1800, Codices, Illuminations, Tables (documents), Treatises, Manuscripts Arabic, Manuscripts Arabic, Manuscripts Medieval


Arabic Studies | History of Science, Technology, and Medicine | Medieval Studies | Philosophy

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Penn Library's LJS 459 - Sirr al-asrār. = سر الاسرار. (Video Orientation)