Catalogue: Physiognomy. Blue arrow pointing to the right Kitāb Sirr al-asrār (MS A 57): (The Secret of Secrets): كتاب سر السرار: attributed to Aristotle. Kitab Sirr al-Asrar: Secretum Secretorum, or The Book of the Secret of Secrets & The Original Illuminati By Sayyid Ahmed Amiruddin. In , Dr. Abdalrahmdn Badawi edited the first printed version of the. Kitab al- Siydsah fi tadbir al-riydsah, usually known by its subtitle Sirr al-asrdr [17]**.

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The Arabic treatise is preserved in two copies: Please help improve this article by adding citations to reliable sources.

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Views Read Edit View history. The second translation was done at Antioch c. The Arabic edition claims to be a translation from Greek by 9th-century scholar Abu Yahya ibn al-Batriq died CEand one of the main translators of Greek-language philosophical works for Al-Ma’munworking from a Syriac edition which was itself translated from a Greek original.

The enlarged 13th-century edition includes alchemical references and an early version of the Emerald Tablet. It contains supposed letters from Aristotle to his pupil Alexander the Great. This page was last edited on 12 Mayat Translated into Latin in the midth century, it was influential among European intellectuals during the High Middle Ages. Modern scholarship finds it likely to have been a 10th-century work composed in Arabic. It appears, however, that the treatise was actually composed originally in Arabic.

Kitab Fi al-Firasah which was also attributed to Aristotle and claimed to have been translated into Arabic by Hunayn ibn Ishaq in the 9th century. Scholarly attention to the Secretum Secretorum waned around but lay interest has continued to this day among students of the occult.


Some 13th-century editions include additional sections.

There is a third book called The Book on Physiognomy Arabic: Retrieved from ” https: Medieval literature Pseudoaristotelian works 10th-century Arabic books Political books Occult books Alexander the Great in legend Scientific works of medieval Islam 12th-century Latin books. There is another book called The Book of Secrets Arabic: No such texts have been discovered and it appears the work was actually composed in Arabic.

The Secretum Secretorum claims to be a treatise written by Aristotle to Alexander during his conquest of Achaemenid Persia. The letters may thus derive from the Islamic and Persian legends surrounding Alexander. Its topics range from ethical questions that face a ruler to astrology to the medical and magical properties of plants, gems, and numbers to an account of a unified science which is accessible only to a scholar with the proper moral and intellectual background.

This is a completely separate book entirely and is a common source of confusion because of the same names and similar subject matter and time period. Origin The origins of the treatise are uncertain.

Modern scholarship considers that the text must date to after the Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity and before the work of Ibn Juljul in the late 10th century. Liber Secretorum by Muhammad ibn Zakariya al-Raziwhich appeared in Europe around the same time and has been often confused with the Secretum Secretorum.

It takes the form of a letter supposedly from Aristotle and considered as such by medieval readers to Alexander during his campaign in Persia.


This led midth century scholars like Steele to claim that Bacon’s contact with the Secretum Secretorum was the key event pushing him towards experimental science; more recent scholarship is less sweeping in its claims but still accords it an important place in research of his later works.

The Arabic zirr is preserved in two forms: From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The origin of the treatise remains uncertain. Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium.

900 – Secret of Secrets – Kitab sirr al-asrar

Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. The Hebrew edition was also the basis for a translation into Russian.

Scholars today see it as a window onto medieval intellectual life: It was one of the most widely read texts of the High Middle Ages or even the most-read. A few obvious typographical errors have also been corrected. Articles with Spanish-language external links Articles needing additional references from April All articles needing additional references Articles containing Arabic-language text Articles containing Latin-language text. The original text uses v as a variant of u wherever it occurs at the beginning of a word, and does not use j save as a flourish at the end of Roman numerals such as.

This text is in the public domain. It is particularly connected with the 13th-century English scholar Roger Baconwho cited it more often than his contemporaries and even produced an edited manuscript with his own introduction and notes, an unusual honor.

Roger Bacon and the sciences: