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Al-Kindi (Ya`kub ibn Ishâk ibn Sabbâh al-Kindi), who died c. 870, is one of the greatest names in the history of Arabic learning. He is known as “The Philosopher of the Arabs” and was the teacher of the great Persian astrologer Abu Ma`shar. Al‑Kindi worked in the famous House of Wisdom erected by the Caliph Al-Mansur in Baghdad (founded 762) for promoting the Arab world’s assimilation of Indian, Greek and Persian science. He translated the works of Aristotle and other Greeks into Arabic and developed his own philosophy (heavily influenced by the Neoplatonism). Many books are attributed to him on such subjects as philosophy, politics, mathematics, medicine, music, astronomy and astrology. Few of his works survive.