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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Modern scholarship finds it likely to have been a al-sarar work composed in Arabic. The Arabic treatise is preserved in two forms: 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.

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It contains supposed letters from Aristotle to his pupil Alexander the Great. The origin of the treatise remains uncertain. This text is in the public domain. Unsourced material may be challenged and removed. This page was last edited on 12 Mayat The Hebrew edition was also the basis for a translation into Russian. It deals more specifically with alchemyproviding practical recipes, classification of minerals, and descriptions of laboratory equipment and procedures.

Views Read Edit View history. By using this site, you agree to the Terms of Use and Privacy Policy. From Al-assrar, the free encyclopedia. The earliest extant editions claim to be based on a 9th-century Arabic translation of a Syriac translation of the lost Greek original. 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.


Scholars today see it as a window onto medieval intellectual life: The origins of the treatise are uncertain. Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium. The original text uses v as a variant of u wherever it occurs at the beginning of a word, and does not use j sorr as a flourish at the end of Roman numerals such as.

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The enlarged 13th-century edition includes alchemical references and an early version of the Emerald Tablet. 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.

Add a Comment Cancel Your email address will not be published. It appears, however, that the treatise was actually composed originally in Arabic.

Translated into Latin in the midth century, it was influential among European intellectuals during the High Middle Ages. There is a third book called The Book on Physiognomy Arabic: 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.

For this edition all spellings have been left as in the original with the following changes made for easier reading: Your email address will not be published.

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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.


Scholarly attention to the Secretum Secretorum waned around but lay interest has continued to this day among students of the occult.

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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. This article needs additional citations for verification. The Arabic treatise is preserved in two copies: Kitab al-Asrar ; Latin: It was one of the most widely read texts of the High Middle Ages or even the most-read.

There is another book called The Book of Secrets Arabic: The first Latin translation was done for the Portuguese queen c. The letters may al-azrar derive from the Islamic and Persian legends surrounding Alexander.

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. Some 13th-century editions include additional sections. Scholars today see it as a window onto medieval intellectual life: A few obvious typographical errors have also been corrected.

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. 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.