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It is fitting for us not to be ashamed of acknowledging truth and to assimilate it from whatever source it comes to us, even if it is brought to us from former generations or foreign peoples. For him who seeks the truth there is nothing of higher value than truth itself; it never cheapens or abases him who searches for it, but ennobles and honours him.*

*from the preface of al-Kindi’s fi l-falsafa al-ula, in Rasa il al-Kind al-flsafiya (Al-Kindi’s Metaphysics), quoted in Richard Walzer, Greek into Arabic, p.12, Oxford: Bruno Cassirer 1962

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