The ideal State/Society of Plato and al-Farabi : A comparative analysis
Muhammad Rafiqul Islam
Abu Nasr Muhamad Al-Farabi is known as the founder of Islamic Neo-Platonism. He has not been well studied and his political theory is not well known. It is therefore essential to study al-Farabi and compare his theory with the one propounded by Plato. This study found many similarities between the two philosophers but it also found that al-Farabi has taken stand on several issues which is not in conformity with the opinion held by Plato in his Republic. It has to do with the fact that al-Farabi was a Muslim and his theory bears clear evidence of his adhering to Islamic tenets and principles.