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The Transmission of Secret Knowledge
Forster, Regula

HaupttitelThe Transmission of Secret Knowledge
TitelzusatzThree Arabic Dialogues on Alchemy
AutorForster, Regula
Seitenzahl24 S.
Freie SchlagwörterAlchemy; Arabic prose literature; Dialogue (literary form); Khālid ibn Yazīd; Kitāb al-Dhahab; Kitāb Mihrārīs al-ḥakīm; Knowledge transfer; Literary frame; Masā’il Khālid li-Maryānus al-rāhib; Master and disciple; Risālat al-ḥakīm Qaydarūs; Robert of Ches
DDC300 Sozialwissenschaften
Auch erschienen inAl-Qanṭara. - 37 (2016), 2, S. 399-422
ZusammenfassungArabo-Islamic alchemy enjoyed considerable popularity until well into the 19th and 20th centuries. It can be considered both as a predecessor of modern chemistry and as a natural philosophy whose purpose is to explain the world. Yet one of the unresolved questions concerning alchemy is how one was supposed to learn it, since it was an art that was meant to be kept secret and only revealed to a few select individuals. While the practicalities of the learning experience remain obscure, it is noteworthy that Arabic alchemical literature often makes use of the literary form of the dialogue, a genre strongly associated with teaching and learning. This paper focuses on three Arabic dialogues on alchemy; namely, Masāʼil Khālid li-Maryānus al-rāhib (“Khālid’s questions to the monk Maryānus”), Kitāb Mihrārīs al-ḥakīm (“The book of the wise Mihrārīs”) and Risālat al-ḥakīm Qaydarūs (“The epistle of the wise Qaydarūs”), and discusses how the transfer of secret knowledge is represented. I will focus on the literary frames of these texts, their mise-enscéne, the master-disciple relation as represented within them, and the question of interaction between unequal partners.
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Fachbereich/EinrichtungFB Geschichts- und Kulturwissenschaften
Erscheinungsjahr2016
Dokumententyp/-SammlungenWissenschaftlicher Artikel
SpracheEnglisch
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Letzte Änderung17.05.2017 - 10:11:29
 
Statische URLhttp://edocs.fu-berlin.de/docs/receive/FUDOCS_document_000000027011
DOI10.3989/alqantara.2016.013
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