The solitude of the Orphan: Ǧābir b. Ḥayyān and the Shiite heterodox milieu of the third/ninth–fourth/tenth centuries

@article{Capezzone2020TheSO,
  title={The solitude of the Orphan: Ǧābir b. Ḥayyān and the Shiite heterodox milieu of the third/ninth–fourth/tenth centuries},
  author={Leonardo Capezzone},
  journal={Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies},
  year={2020},
  volume={83},
  pages={51 - 73}
}
  • Leonardo Capezzone
  • Published 1 February 2020
  • History
  • Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies
Abstract The community of Shiite alchemists gathered under the pen name of Ǧābir b. Ḥayyān produced an important corpus first studied by Paul Kraus, who dated it between the third/ninth and fourth/tenth centuries. The religious, doctrinal and political issues of the corpus – especially in the last two collections – show that the Ǧābireans were a real sectarian trend unknown to heresiographers. Kraus, along with some scholars after him, understood the Ǧābirean community to be an expression of… 

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