Abū Naṣr al-Fārābī (259-339 AH / 870-950 AD) is one of the foremost Islamic Philosopher /Logician.


Original Source Biography:

  1. al-Farabi from Ibn abi-Usiba’s Tabaqat al-‘itbia (Arabic html)

Supplementary Material:

  1. Al-Farabi: from History of Muslim Philosophy. (E-text) in PDF format only.
  2. Al-Farabi: Founder of Islamic Neoplatonism, Majid Fakhry (link) Oxford: Oneworld, 2002.
  3. Brief outline of his life and contributions. (link)
  4. Encyclopedia Iranica’s articles. (comprehensive overview) (link)
  5. Important entry in French about the musical side of al-Farabi. (link)

His Works:

Works about his thought:

Related Philosophers & Muslim Scholars:

  • Ibn Sina  the Muslim philosopher who made him famous.
  • Al-Ghazali the Muslim theologian who refuted him and Ibn Sina. 
  • Ibn Rushd, one of the Muslim philosophers that tried to return Islamic Philosophy to pure Aristotlianism.
  • Ibn Taymiyah, he had interesting opinions on philosophy . Site


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