The Beginning for the Studious and the End for the Selective


Muhammad ibn Ahmed ibn Rushd (also known by the Latinized version of his name, Averroes, 1126–98 AD; 520–95AH) was a Muslim polymath and the preeminent philosopher of Arab Spain. He was born in Cordoba to a well-respected family that was known for its public service. Although best known in the West for his commentaries on Aristotelian philosophy, Ibn Rushd wrote works on a wide range of subjects, from astronomy to Islamic jurisprudence to music theory. He defended reason and philosophy against disparaging religious scholars such as Al-Ghazali, arguing that religion and philosophy are reconcilable; that both can lead to the truth. He died in Marrakesh, Morocco. Bidāyat al-Mujtahid wa Nihāyat al-Muqtaṣid (The beginning for the studious and the end for the selective) is perhaps his major work in the field of jurisprudence, particularly in the Maliki school of religious law and thought within Sunni Islam to which he belonged.

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The New Library, Cairo


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بداية المجتهد و نهاية المقتصد

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402 pages

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