Closereads: Al-Kindi on Dispelling Sorrows (Part One)

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We’re reading a 9th century Arabic philosopher (from what’s now Iraq), in fact the “father of Arab philosophy,” Yaqub ibn Ishaq Al-Kindi, writing about how we can immunize ourselves to the sorrows of life through some means akin to Stoicism, which Al-Kindi as scholar of the Greeks knew all about.

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