Ibn Sina – Writing

Mohamed Sabry 10R 26/2/2013
Writing Piece – Muslim Scholars
A renowned polymath, the Muslim scholar Ibn Sina offered numerous contributions to multifarious fields encompassing mathematics, philosophy, physics and astronomy amongst others. Ibn Sina was exposed to various factors throughout his childhood that tremendously facilitated his rise as an influential Muslim scholar comprised of his family, community, and individual acquaintances.
Residing in the village of Qishlak Afshona (in modern day Uzbekistan) in the year 980, Ibn Sina was born to a middle class family with his mother, Setareh, initially from Bukhara whereas his father was a venerated scholar from Balkh, a foremost city in the Samanid Empire. Serving as a governor at the time, Ibn Sina’s father resolutely endorsed the prospect of education and consequently inducted his son into a school in Bukhara. Throughout his childhood, Ibn Sina conveyed tremendous intelligence, ingenuity, and uncanny memorization dexterities. At the age of fourteen, Ibn Sina successfully superseded the knowledge of his professors and mentors, obtaining knowledge in an unprecedented period of time as denoted in his autobiography. Ibn Sina’s uncanny memorization is elucidated by the manner in which he had completely memorized the Quran by the age of ten. There has been a divergence between scholars pertaining to the Islamic beliefs of Ibn Sina or his Mathhab. Scholars comprised of Dimtri Gutas and Aisha Khan have argued that Ibn Sina adopted the Sunni hanafi faith, whereas Shia scholar Nurullah Shushtari endorses his adoption of the Shia faith.
Ibn Sina was introduced to Indian arithmetic by an Indian grocer and augmented his understanding of the subject through profound studying of the field. In supplementation of arithmetic and mathematics, Ibn Sina simultaneously studied Islamic Fiqh, or the theory of Islamic Law, in accordance with the teachings of the Hannfi scholar Ismail Al Zahid. By the age of sixteen, Ibn Sina inaugurated the field of medicine into his copious areas of expertise, commentating upon the relative ease of the field in comparison to other “hard and thorny” sciences encompassing mathematics and metaphysics, a branch of philosophy.