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context and paving the way for an exploration of their encounter with European culture. He was among the first scholars in the 1970s and 1980s to explore the Nahḍa (cultural renaissance) that took place in the Arab Middle East during the nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. The Nahḍa was an

In: Cultural Pearls from the East: In Memory of Shmuel Moreh (1932-2017)
The ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ of Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah. Volume 3-2: Annotated English Translation and Appendices
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A Literary History of Medicine by the Syrian physician Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (d. 1270) is the earliest comprehensive history of medicine. It contains biographies of over 432 physicians, ranging from the ancient Greeks to the author’s contemporaries, describing their training and practice, often as court physicians, and listing their medical works; all this interlaced with poems and anecdotes. These volumes present the first complete and annotated translation along with a new edition of the Arabic text showing the stages in which the author composed the work. Introductory essays provide important background. The reader will find on these pages an Islamic society that worked closely with Christians and Jews, deeply committed to advancing knowledge and applying it to health and wellbeing.