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ʿAlī ibn Sahl Rabban aṭ-Ṭabarī’s Health Regimen or "Book of the Pearl"

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Date of creation
  • 2020   Gregorian
      
Preferred title

ʿAlī ibn Sahl Rabban aṭ-Ṭabarī’s Health Regimen or "Book of the Pearl"   English  

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  • Book of the pearl   English  
Work type Single work
Work manifested Monograph
Work genre Textual work
Audience

Adult, serious

Summary

The Arabic treatise edited and translated here was written in the middle of the 9th century CE by ʿAlī ibn Sahl Rabban aṭ-Ṭabarī, a Christian convert to Islam and one of the most remarkable thinkers of his time. The text can be described as a manual towards the preservation of health, addressed directly to the ʿAbbāsid caliph al-Mutawakkil and his household. It represents not only the oldest extant specimen of its kind, but is also distinguished by its largely non-technical language, as well as by a narrative style that creates an unusual interface with classical Arabic prose literature. The Greek and Indian sources upon which aṭ-Ṭabarī relied testify to the synthetic and inclusive character of early Islamic medicine.

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Created at 18-06-2021 by Dalal Adib (IDEO)

Updated at 05-10-2021 by Engy Elgammal (IDEO)