Essay on The Man Before The King Of The Jinn

1124 Words Dec 2nd, 2015 5 Pages
In the tenth century fable, “The Case of the Animals versus Man Before the King of the Jinn” from the Encyclopedia of the Brethren of Purity by the Brethren of Purity, the animals of the world sue and have a trial against the human race. While the king of the Jinn, who is basically the judge, listen to both the animal’s and human’s well- supported arguments.The humans point to many things such as their superior intellect to prove that they are the masters and the animals are the slaves. Although the animals were consistently able to manufacture counterarguments time and time again that were oppressed by the humans and that they should not be the slaves of the humans, Biwarasp the Wise the king of the Jinn, ruled in the favor of the human’s superiority at the end of the fable. The debate was filled with many conflicting, yet interesting arguments and points of view. One has to realize, however, that the mysterious Brethren of Purity, known as a group of Ismaili Shi’i Muslim philosophers, made it quite unclear what the motive or moral conclusion behind this fable and fifty-one other treatises were. Something else a reader has to realize is that the authors had much deeper intentions than just writing a fable. After reading the fable, I have concluded that pages fifty to sixty-three are essential in understanding that the motive of the writers was to advocate rationalist thought through the fictional character of the king of the Jinn.
Throughout the fable, it is clear that the…

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