Daneshnameh-ye Alai (Persian: دانشنامه علایی, romanizedDānishnāma-yi ʻAlāʼī is an 11th-century Persian treatise by Avicenna.[1]


Daneshnameh means book of science in Persian language and Alai refers to the name of the Kakuyid ruler Ala al-Dawla Muhammad who supported the writing. The book is also known as "Ḥikmat-e 'Alā'ī".


Daneshnameh-ye Alai is a comprehensive treatise on seven sciences grouped in four sections: logic, metaphysics, natural science and mathematics.[2] The original section on mathematics was lost in Avicenna's lifetime.


Daneshnameh-ye Alai was translated into Arabic language under the title "Maqāṣed al-falāsefa" by Mohammad Gazali in 1111, into French by M. Achena and H. Massé, under the title "Le livre de science", 2 vols., 1955–58 and into English by P. Morewedge, entitled "The Metaphysica of Avicenna: A Critical Translation-Commentary and Analysis of the Fundamental Arguments in Avicenna’s Metaphysica in the Dānish Nāma-i ʿAlāʾī" in 1973.[3]


  1. ^ Dānishnāma-yi ʻAlāʼī. Chāpkhāna-yi Markazī. 1936. OCLC 48193057.
  2. ^ "AVICENNA xi. Persian Works". Encyclopaedia Iranica. 1987.
  3. ^ Brows, Vivian (1973). "Parviz Morewedge (tr.): The Metaphysica of Avicenna (ibn Sīnā). (Persian Heritage Series, No. 13.) xxvii, 336 pp. London: Routledge and Kegan Paul". Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies. Cambridge. 37 (2): 473–474. doi:10.1017/S0041977X00136572. S2CID 161547495.