In this updated edition of his classic work, Lenn E. Goodman provides a concise introduction to the life and thought of Abu Ali al-Husain ibn Abdallah ibn Sina, known as Avicenna, who was born in the year 980 C.E. near Bokhara in what is now Uzbekistan and died 1037 C.E. in Hamadan, now in Iran.
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As is noticeable in the Google excerpts, the first paragraph of the first chapter opens with a description of Iran's location and then of the historical setting, the coming of Arab Muslim armies in the 8th century (CE), etc. So the previous reviewer did not read very carefully.
I was unfortunatley disappointed by this book. This book although very detailed is very disorganized. Certain historical facts are not mentioned for instance the fact that Avicenna was a Persian. Also the book, lacks a full evaluation of his contributions. I would say this is an OK read, but certainly lacks the desired organization.
LIFE TIMES WRITINGS
2 Ibn Sinas Youth
4 The Years at Isfahan
2 Ibn Sina Synthesis
3 Criticism and Response
IDEAS AND IMMORTALITY
1 The Possibility of Knowledge
2 The Substance of the Soul