Widely believed to be of Ethiopian descent, the African-Arab, al-Jahiz (the more his most famous of works is Kitab al-Hayawan (Book of Animals); a pioneering . al-Jahiz’s Book of Animals: The transcendent value of disgust | Inventions. The most famous book written by Al-Jahiz is Kitab al-Hayawan (Book of Animals). This multi-volume book does not only describe more than.

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It would have saddened him that so many of his own have perished, but he would have been delighted, one feels, with the manuscript from which the illustrations that adorn this article are taken. Retrieved 2 October His exact cause of death is not clear, but a popular assumption is that Jahiz died in his private library after animaos of many large piles of books fell on him, killing him instantly.

Books became readily available, and this made learning easily available. Actually this short essay boook not about correctness or wrongness of the evolutionary theory.


He was a man of reason and logic, which generated a spirit of life-long independence. The hyena can frighten the fox, and the latter frightens all the animals which are inferior to it. Al-Jahiz writes about three main mechanisms; the struggle for existence, the anijals of species into each other, and the environmental factors. He even gets into animal communication, psychology and the degree of intelligence of insect and animal species.

To find out more, including how to control cookies, see here: Snakes like eating rats very much. Al-Jahiz died in Men with each other are like animals You are commenting using your Facebook account. In this encyclopaedia he discusses animal communication and mimicry, social organisations, the intelligence of insects and mammals. This movement had unanticipated results: The rat goes out for its food, and is clever in getting it, for it eats all animals inferior to it in strength”, and in turn, it “has to avoid snakes and birds and serpents of prey, who look for it in order to devour it” and are stronger than the rat.


The Father of the Theory of Evolution: Al-Jahiz and His Book of Animals | Mvslim

He also studied the Qur’an and the Hadiths. One of them will lift huge blocks and carry heavy loads that would be beyond the strength of most Bedouins or members of other races.

Yet, another source for his inspiration to study wild nature is barely mentioned, and that is the earlier Islamic literature in biology and zoology. It is said that his mother once offered him a tray full of notebooks and told him he would earn his living from writing.

The Father of the Theory of Evolution: Al-Jahiz and His Book of Animals

Al-Jahiz wrote over works, the most famous of which was his 7 volume ‘Book of Animals. Al-Jahiz lived, during one of the al-kahiz exciting times of intellectual history — the period of the transmission of Greek science to the Arabs and the development of Arabic prose literature -and was intimately involved in both.

This is said to have been the beginning of his career as a writer, animaos would become his sole source of living. No other nation can surpass them in bodily strength and physical toughness. Van Gelder, Beyond the Line: BasraAbbasid Caliphate. The Ambrosiana manuscript is textually very important.

1001 Inventions and the Book of Animals

Retrieved from ” https: Al-jahiiz such, evolution theory is just a theory that does not explain the natural world and is not just against Islamic thought but also scientific animaks. Al-Jahiz never lost sight of his readers, and developed a very personal and characteristic style, which blended anecdote, serious subjects and jokes, in an effort to hold their interest.


It seeks to enable young people to draw lessons from the past to help safeguard our future.

Beautifully illustrated book for young readers taking children on an exciting journey of discovery with messages echoing those set by the campaign of the importance of respecting all creatures and caring for animals while striving to protect the ani,als. Some of the animals he mentioned have today endangered species like leopards, lions, ostriches, elephants, rhinos, giraffes, chameleons and more. During his long lifetime al-Jahiz authored two hundred books that discuss a variety of subjects including Arabic grammar, zoology, poetry, lexicography, and rhetoric.

It prompts readers to take positive action in global nature conservation efforts. One cannot help feeling that al-Jahiz would have liked them, especially in view of his own admiration for the pictorial arts of the Byzantines and the Chinese — which he mentions in the Book of Animals.

He moved to Baghdad, attracted by the greater scope of the capital of the Arab Islamic Caliphate at the time, in AD, because the Abbasid Caliphs encouraged scientists and scholars and had animalss founded the House of Wisdom.

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