Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Ibnu Bajjah

Ibnu Bajjah or Avempace or Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Yahya al-Saigh was born in Saragossa in 500 AH/1099 AD. He was highly influential in medicine, philosophy and mathematics.

He was a celebrated Spanish Muslim scholar, commentator of Aristotle, scientist, poet and musician.

He was a creative and iconoclastic thicker, an instigator of the ‘Andalusia revolt’, who operated an observatory on his own and made original contribution to physical theory, with his account of projectile motion.

His thoughts greatly influenced Averroes (Ibnu Rushd).

He practiced as a physician in his native city but after the fall of Saragossa in 513 AH to the Christians he resided in Seville and Xatina.

Later he went to Fez in Morocco where he was made at the Almoravid court. Ibnu Bajjah’s most celebrated work is Tadbir al-Mutawahhid, Regime of the Solitary which he left unfinished.

He passed away in 533 AH/1139 AD.
Ibnu Bajjah 
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