On the Regimen of Health was composed at an unknown date at the request of al-Malik al-Afḍal Nūr al-Dīn Alī, Saladin’s eldest son who complained of constipation, indigestion, and depression. The treatise must have enjoyed great popularity in Jewish circles, as it was translated three times into Hebrew as far as we know; by Moses ben Samuel ibn Tibbon in the year 1244, by an anonymous translator, and by Zeraḥyah ben Isaac ben She’altiel Ḥen who was active as a translator in Rome between 1277 and 1291. The present edition by Gerrit Bos contains the original Arabic text, the medieval Hebrew translations and the Latin translations, the latter edited by Michael McVaugh.
Gerrit Bos (Ph.D. 1989) is Professor Emeritus of Jewish Studies at the University of Cologne, Germany. He has widely published in the fields of Jewish studies, Islamic studies, and medieval science and medicine in Arabic and Hebrew texts. Michael McVaugh (Ph.D. 1965) is Professor Emeritus of the History of Science at the history department of the University of North Carolina. He has been a general editor of the
Arnaldi de Villanova Opera Medica Omnia since 1975.
Table of contents
Preface Introduction Sigla and Abbreviations
Part 1 Arabic Text and Translation
On the Regimen of Health: Arabic Text with English Translation
Part 2 Hebrew Translations and Supplement
On the Regimen of Health: First Hebrew Translation (Moses Ibn Tibbon) On the Regimen of Health: Second Hebrew Translation (Zeraḥyah Ben Isaac Ben Sheʾaltiel Ḥen) On the Regimen of Health: Third Hebrew Translation (Anonymous) Supplement: Critical Comparison of the Arabic Text with the Medieval Hebrew Translation and the Modern Translations into English
Part 3 Latin Translations
Introduction to the Latin Translations of Maimonides’ On the Regimen of Health On the Regimen of Health: First Latin Translation (Giovanni da Capua) On the Regimen of Health: Second Latin Translation (Armengaud Blaise) GlossaryBibliographyIndex of the First Hebrew Translation (Moses Ibn Tibbon)Index of the Third Hebrew Translation (Anonymous)Index of the First Latin Translation (Giovanni da Capua)Index of the Second Latin Translation (Armengaud Blaise)Index of Technical Terms and Materia Medica
Scholars of Hebrew, (Judeo-) Arabic, and Latin medical literature of the Middle Ages; anyone interested in medieval medicine and the transmission of scientific knowledge in premodern times.