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At an early age, his family moved to Bukhara where he studied Hanafi jurisprudence () with Isma‘il Zahid (d. This training and the excellent library of the physicians at the Samanid court assisted Avicenna in his philosophical self-education.Thus, he claimed to have mastered all the sciences by the age of 18 and entered into the service of the Samanid court of Nuh ibn Mansur (r. After the death of his father, it seems that he was also given an administrative post.Apart from philosophy, Avicenna’s other contributions lie in the fields of medicine, the natural sciences, musical theory, and mathematics.In the Islamic sciences (), he wrote a series of short commentaries on selected Qur’anic verses and chapters that reveal a trained philosopher’s hermeneutical method and attempt to come to terms with revelation.Pam Myers received a Bs Ed in Education and her teaching credential from USC and was a 6th grade teacher for 13 years for the Ocean View School District in Huntington Beach, CA.
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In the Islamic world, his impact was immediate and led to what Michot has called " When al-Ghazali led the theological attack upon the heresies of the philosophers, he singled out Avicenna, and a generation later when the Shahrastani gave an account of the doctrines of the philosophers of Islam, he relied upon the work of Avicenna, whose metaphysics he later attempted to refute in his .
Avicennan metaphysics became the foundation for discussions of Islamic philosophy and philosophical theology.
In the early modern period in Iran, his metaphysical positions began to be displayed by a creative modification that they underwent due to the thinkers of the school of Isfahan, in particular Mulla Sadra (d. Sources on his life range from his autobiography, written at the behest of his disciple ‘Abd al-Wahid Juzjani, his private correspondence, including the collection of philosophical epistles exchanged with his disciples and known as .
However, much of this material ought to be carefully examined and critically evaluated.
As such, he may be considered to be the first major Islamic philosopher.