Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq, La durata dell’esistenza (kitāb al-aʿmār wa-l-aǧāl); Come si dimostra la verità delle religioni (kayfiyyah idrāk ḥaqīqah al-diyānah); Epistola a ʿAlī ibn Yaḥyā in cui si menziona quanto è stato tradotto dei libri di scienza di Galeno e parte di ciò che non è stato ancora tradotto), testo arabo a cura di Samir Khalil Samir, traduzione e note a cura di Rosanna Budelli.



Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥāq is known as the most important translator of works from Greek into Arabic at the dawn of Islam. As Christian Intellectual and scientist, Ḥunayn contributed enormously to the development of Arab-Islamic civilization, thanks to his work of transmitting knowledge from the Greek world to the Arab world. At the crossroads of more cultures and more languages, Arab and Syriac Christians played a fundamental role in the circulation of science and philosophy in the territories dominated by the Abbasid Caliphate. As a doctor, Ḥunayn worked for a long time in Baghdad, at the court of the caliphs of the time. In this book we publish The Epistle of Ḥunayn Ibn Isḥāq to 'Alī Ibn al-Munajjim, with the complete list of the galenical works he translated, and two of his small treatises of apologetic and religious content (How to demonstrate the truth of religions and The duration of existence) that allow us to know his thoughts on sensitive topics that are still relevant today.


Yaḥyā Ibn ʿAdī, L'affinamento dei caratteri. (Kitāb tahḏīb al-aḫlāq). Un trattato di etica del X secolo, edizione a cura di Samir Khalil Samir; introduzione, traduzione e note a cura di Ida Zilio Grandi; indici a cura di Ida Zilio-Grandi e Davide Righi, Bologna 2019, independently published. 

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Compendium of rational ethics in the form of a systematic treatise, the Tahḏīb al-aḫlāq ("The refinement of the characters") of Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī disregards a properly religious way and instead moves on the ground of Greek philosophical reflection and also on that of a simpler reasonableness. Precisely the absence of religious references meant that it was attributed over time to Muslim authors, such as al-Ǧāḥiẓ of Basra, Ibn al-ʿArabī of Murcia, or the mathematician, physicist and astronomer Ibn al-Hayṯam.

    Among the earliest and most important examples of Arabic literature on the ethical topic, «The refinement of the characters» of Yaḥyā ibn ʿAdī teaches and illustrates a journey of personal improvement. Rich and meticulous, vast in content and generous in intent, this small text composed in the 10th century Baghdad can speak with intelligent simplicity even to the contemporary reader.


Paola Pizzo - Davide Righi (eds), Cristiani e musulmani nel mondo arabo ieri e oggi: conflitti e incontri culturali e religiosi. Atti del 3° convegno di studi arabo-cristiani. Roma 27-28 febbraio 2009 (Roma: Aracne 2019).

ISBN: 9788825517903

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Paola Pizzo, Religion and Politics in 20th Century Egypt, (Roma: Aracne 2019)

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The volume traces Coptic-Muslim relations in the light of the Egyptian political events of the first three decades of 20th century, relying mainly on original documents from the British, Egyptian, French and Italian archives. It was a relationship that oscillated between moments of confrontation and collaboration in the framework of the Egyptian national movement and the anti-colonial struggle.
The book focuses on the period between the two world wars, a very lively historical moment for the two major religious communities in the country, where, on the one hand, nationalism was tinging itself with Islam, leading to the formation of the first modern Islamic political movement, the Muslim Brotherhood, while the Coptic community was experiencing a profound renewal, alternating between events of community activism and withdrawal.