Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series

The Epistles of the Brethren of Purity is published by Oxford University Press in association with the Institute of Ismaili Studies, London. This bilingual series consists of a multi-authored Arabic critical edition and annotated English translation of the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’ (ca. tenth-century Iraq).


































On The Natural Sciences: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 15 - 21
Carmela Baffioni (ed. & tr.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 7, 2013.
On Arithmetic and Geometry: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 1 & 2
Nader El-Bizri (ed. & tr.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 6, 2012.
On Magic I: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 52 a
Godefroid de Callataÿ and Bruno Halflants (ed. & tr.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 5, 2011.
On Music: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 5
Owen Wright (ed. & tr.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 4, 2010.
On Logic: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistles 10-14
Carmela Baffioni (ed. & tr.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 3, 2010.
The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn: An Arabic Critical Edition and English Translation of Epistle 22
Lenn Goodman (ed. & tr.)
Richard McGregor (ed. & tr.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 2, 2009.
The Ikhwan al-Safa' and their Rasa'il: An Introduction
Nader El-Bizri (ed.)
Epistles of the Brethren of Purity Series, 1, 2008.

Related Pages on the IIS Website






  • News Story: IIS Publishes Second Volume from the Rasa’il Ikhwan al-Safa’
  • News Story: Launch of The Ikhwan al-Safa’ and their Rasa’il
  • News Story: IIS Publishes Introductory Volume on the Ikhwan al-Safa’