Maimonides On the Regimen of Health

A New Parallel Arabic-English Translation

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Maimonides’ 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.

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Biographical Note

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)
Glossary Bibliography Index 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

Readership

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.