A Literary History of Medicine - The ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ of Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah (5 Volumes)

Volume I: Essays / Volume 2-1: Arabic Edition / Volume 2-2: Arabic Edition / Volume 3-1: Annotated English Translation / Volume 3-2: Annotated English Translation, Appendices and Indices

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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.

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Emilie Savage-Smith, FBA, was Professor of the History of Islamic Science, University of Oxford. Publications include A New Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts in the Bodleian Library, I: Medicine (2012) and, with Y. Rapoport, Lost Maps of the Caliphs(2019)
Simon Swain, FBA, is Professor of Classics, University of Warwick. Publications include Hellenism & Empire (1996), Seeing the Face, Seeing the Soul: Polemon’s Physiognomy from Classical Antiquity to Medieval Islam (2007), Economy, Family and Society from Rome to Islam (2013).
Geert Jan van Gelder, PhD Leiden 1982; Lecturer in Arabic, University of Groningen, 1975–1998; Laudian Professor of Arabic, University of Oxford, 1998–2012. Fellow of the KNAW and the British Academy; author of many publications on Classical Arabic literature.

Contributors: Ignacio Sánchez, N. Peter Joosse, Alasdair Watson, Bruce Inksetter, Franak Hilloowala.
Acknowledgements
Editorial Policy
List of Figures and Tables
Abbreviations
Map of the Islamic World ca. 1200

Volume 1 Essays



1 Introductory Remarks

2 Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah: His Life and Career
Franak Hilloowala

3 ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ: Its Genre and Title
Geert Jan van Gelder

4 The Textual and Manuscript Tradition of Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah’s ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ
Ignacio Sánchez

5 Written Sources and the Art of Compilation in Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah’s ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ fī ṭabaqāt al-aṭibbāʾ
Ignacio Sánchez

6 Poetry in ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ
Geert Jan van Gelder

7 The Greek Chapters and Galen
Simon Swain

8 The Practice of Medicine as Seen through the ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ
Emilie Savage-Smith

List of Biographies by Chapter in Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿah’s ʿUyūn al-anbāʾ
Bibliography
General Index to Vol. 1
Glossary of Weights and Measures
Index of Verses to Vol. 2
Index of Qur’anic Quotations and Allusions to Vols. 2 and 3
Index of Personal Names to Vols. 2 and 3
Index of Place Names to Vols. 2 and 3
Subject Index to Vols. 2 and 3

Volume 2-1 Arabic Edition



Description of the Manuscripts Used in this Edition

Preface
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

1 The Origin and First Appearance of the Art of Medicine (الباب الأول في كيفية وجود صناعة الطب وأول حدوثها)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

2 Physicians Who Perceived the Rudiments of the Art of Medicine and Initiated the Practice of That Art (الباب الثاني في طبقات الأطباء الذين ظهرت لهم أجزاء من صناعة الطب وكانوا المبتدئين بها)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

3 Greek Physicians Descended from Asclepius (الباب الثالث في طبقات الأطباء اليونانيين الذين هم من نسل أسقليبيوس)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

4 Greek Physicians to Whom Hippocrates Transmitted the Art of Medicine (الباب الرابع في طبقات الأطباء اليونانيين الذين أذاع أبقراط فيهم صناعة الطب)
Ignacio Sánchez

5 Physicians from or after the Time of Galen (الباب الخامس في طبقات الأطباء الذين كانوا منذ زمان جالينوس وقريباً منه)
Simon Swain

6 Alexandrian Physicians and Their Christian and Other Contemporaries (الباب السادس في طبقات الأطباء الإسكندرانيين ومن كان في أزمنتهم من الأطباء النصارى وغيرهم)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

7 Arab and Other Physicians of the Earliest Islamic Period (الباب السابع في طبقات الأطباء الذين كانوا في أول ظهور الإسلام من أطباء العرب وغيرهم)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

8 Syriac Physicians of the Early Abbasid Period (الباب الثامن في طبقات الأطباء السريانيين الذين كانوا في ابتداء ظهور دولة بني العباس)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

9 Physicians Who Translated Works on Medicine and Other Subjects from Greek into Arabic, and Their Patrons (الباب التاسع في طبقات الأطباء النقلة الذين نقلوا كتب الطب وغيره من اللسان اليوناني إلى اللسان العربي وذكر الذين نقلوا لهم)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

10 Iraqi Physicians and the Physicians of al-Jazīrah and Diyār Bakr (الباب العاشر في طبقات الأطباء العراقيين وأطباء الجزيرة وديار بكر)
Alasdair Watson, Geert Jan van Gelder and Ignacio Sánchez

Volume 2-2 Arabic Edition



11 Physicians in the Lands of the Persians (Bilād al-ʿajam) (الباب الحادي عشر في طبقات الأطباء الذين ظهروا في بلاد العجم)
Alasdair Watson, N. Peter Joosse, Geert Jan van Gelder and Ignacio Sánchez

12 Physicians of India (الباب الثاني عشر في طبقات الأطباء الذين كانوا من الهند)
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

13 Physicians Who Were Prominent in the Western Lands and Settled There (الباب الثالث عشر فى طبقات الأطباء الذين ظهروا في بلاد المغرب وأقاموا بها)
Ignacio Sánchez and Geert Jan van Gelder

14 Famous Physicians amongst Those in Egypt (الباب الرابع عشر في طبقات الأطباء المشهورين من أطباء ديار مصر)
Franak Hilloowala, Emilie Savage-Smith, Geert Jan van Gelder and Ignacio Sánchez

15 Famous Syrian Physicians (الباب الخامس عشر في طبقات الأطباء المشهورين من أطباء الشام)
N. Peter Joosse, Geert Jan van Gelder and Ignacio Sánchez
Addendum to 15.49: Biography of Amīn al-Dawlah in Version 1

Appendix 1: Ibn al-Nafīs
Ignacio Sánchez

Appendix 2: Additional Marginalia
Ignacio Sánchez and Geert Jan van Gelder

Volume 3-1 Annotated English Translation



Preface
Bruce Inksetter

1 The Origin and First Appearance of the Art of Medicine
Bruce Inksetter, Simon Swain and Emilie Savage-Smith

2 Physicians Who Perceived the Rudiments of the Art of Medicine and Initiated the Practice of That Art
Bruce Inksetter and Simon Swain

3 Greek Physicians Descended from Asclepius
Bruce Inksetter, Simon Swain and Ignacio Sánchez

4 Greek Physicians to Whom Hippocrates Transmitted the Art of Medicine
Ignacio Sánchez and Simon Swain

5 Physicians from or after the Time of Galen
Simon Swain

6 Alexandrian Physicians and Their Christian and Other Contemporaries
Bruce Inksetter and Simon Swain

7 Arab and Other Physicians of the Earliest Islamic Period
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

8 Syriac Physicians of the Early Abbasid Period
Bruce Inksetter, Emilie Savage-Smith and Geert Jan van Gelder (poetry)

9 Physicians Who Translated Works on Medicine and Other Subjects from Greek into Arabic, and Their Patrons
Bruce Inksetter and Ignacio Sánchez

10 Iraqi Physicians and the Physicians of al-Jazīrah and Diyār Bakr
Alasdair Watson and Geert Jan van Gelder (poetry)

Volume 3-2 Annotated English Translation



11 Physicians in the Lands of the Persians (Bilād al-ʿajam)
Alasdair Watson, N. Peter Joosse and Geert Jan van Gelder (poetry)

12 Physicians of India
Bruce Inksetter and Emilie Savage-Smith

13 Physicians Who Were Prominent in the Western Lands and Settled There
Ignacio Sánchez and Geert Jan van Gelder (poetry)

14 Famous Physicians amongst Those in Egypt
Franak Hilloowala, Emilie Savage-Smith and Geert Jan van Gelder (poetry)

15 Famous Syrian Physicians
N. Peter Joosse and Geert Jan van Gelder (poetry)
The Biography of Amīn al-Dawlah in Version 1

Appendix 1: Ibn al-Nafīs
Ignacio Sánchez

Appendix 2: Additional Marginalia
Ignacio Sánchez and Geert Jan van Gelder

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