Tufail

Hayy ibn Yaqdhan

circa 1125

Why is it canonical?

Hayy ibn Yaqdhan, or The Self-Taught Philosopher, is a an early work centering around the trope of an individual trapped on a desert island and forced to learn, survive, and thrive intellectually and physically in isolation. It influenced later stories, especially in the Christian west, that used the same trope.

Creators

Ibn Tufail

Locations

Spain Seville Andalusia

Languages

Arabic

Periods

Medieval

Images and Videos

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Resources

Full English translation of Hayy ibn Yaqdhan