Video: Interview with Dr Nader El-Bizri

27th August 2009
Questions addressed in the interview:

1. Can you briefly introduce the Ikhwan al-Safa’ to our audience.
2. Can you briefly describe what were the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’.
3. What are the major themes covered in the Rasa’il and how do they relate to the intellectual situation of their time?
4. What was the impact of the Rasa’il in the history of ideas in Islam?
5. How does the Rasa’il corpus compare with other classical encyclopaedic works?
6. Can you describe the project of publishing an Arabic edition and English translation of the Rasa’il, and what role this publication will play in public education about Muslim civilisations?