al-Mūjiz fī ʿilm al-ṭibb الموجز في علم الطب Ibn al-Nafīs, ʻAlī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm ابن النفيس، علي بن أبي الحزم

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The record is made up of Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+179+i. It was created in 6 Rabī‘a I 786. It was written in Arabic. The original is part of the British Library: Oriental Manuscripts.

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Epitome by ‘Alā’ al-Dīn ‘Alī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm al-Qurashī, known as Ibn al-Nafīs (علاء الدين علي بن أبي الحزم القرشي المشهور بابن النفيس; 1210 or 1211-1288) of Avicenna's (Ibn Sīnā, ابن سينا; d. 1037) Canon of Medicine (القانون في الطب). This epitome is often known simply as the Mūjiz al-Qānūn (موجز القانون)

The copy was completed by an anonymous scribe at the Madrasah al-Janzīyah (? الجنزية), Sīwās (سيواس), on 6 Rabī‘a I 786/28 April 1384 (see colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. , f. 179, lines 2-5, transcribed below).

Begins (f. 1v, lines 2-4):

قال العبد الفقير إلى الله التعالى علي بن الحزم القرشي عفا الله عنه

قد دبّرت على أربعة فنون الفن الأول في قواعد جزءي الطب أعني علمية

وعملية بقول كلي الفن الثاني في الأدوية والأغذية المفردة والمركبة

Ends (f. 178v, lines 12-14):

وقد شهد بذلك جماعة وقد عفن كلبٌ كلِب أربعين رجلًا فاكل بعضهم من

كبده وستنكف الباقي من أكلها فمن أكلها لن يمت ومن غاب من أكلها مات

فكان تدبيرهم واحدًا واستعملوا دواء جالينوس وغيره من العلاجات مذكورة

Colophon Section at the end of a manuscript text. (f. 179r, lines 1-9):

تم الكتاب بعون الملك الوهاب على يد المقتفر

النحيف عابد بن زاهد عفى الله عنه في مدينة سيواس

عمرها الله تعالى في المدرسة الجنزية (؟) في وقت

الظهر من سادس شهر المبارك ربيع الأول

سنة ست ثمانين وسبعمائة

هجرية نبوية صلى الله عليه

وعلى آله وأصحابه أجميعين حرره

لأجل الولد الأعز عالم الدين رزقه

الله علمًا وعملًا آمين بحق صلعم

Extent and format
Codex A collection of pages, usually gathered into quires, and bound between covers. ; ff. i+179+i
Physical characteristics

Material: Paper

Dimensions: 178 x 135 mm leaf [125 x 88 mm written]

Foliation: British Museum foliation in pencil; eastern Arabic foliation in pencil

Ruling: Misṭarah ; 14-16 lines per page; vertical spacing 11-13 lines per 10 cm

Script: Naskh

Ink: Black ink, with rubrics and overlinings in red

Binding: British Museum binding

Condition: All folios guarded, some water damage, some folios ton and repaired

Marginalia: Numerous marginal notations by many hands

Seals: Ff. 1r, 1v (erased), 179r

Written in
Arabic in Arabic script
Type
Manuscript

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Original held at
British Library: Oriental Manuscripts
Access conditions

Unrestricted

Archive reference
Or 5659

History of this record

Date(s)
6 Rabī‘a I 786 (AH, Hijri qamari)
Context of creation

Madrasah al-Janzīyah (? الجنزية), Sīwās (سيواس; mod. Sivas, Turkey)

Provenance
  • Aḥmad ibn al-marḥūm Muḥammad Ṣāliḥ (أحمد بن المرحوم محمد صالح), his inscription, undated and cancelled (f. 1r);
  • ‘Isá ibn al-marḥūm Yūsuf (?) ([عيسى بن المرحوم يوسف [؟) his inscription, undated (f. 1r);
  • Seal, illegible (f. 1r);
  • Seal, erased (f. 1v);
  • ‘Uthmān ibn ‘Alī, his inscription and seal dated 1074 AH/AD 1663-4 (f. 179r).
Immediate source of acquisition

Purchased from J.J. Naaman, 17 October 1899

Related material

Finding aids
  • Ellis, A.G. and Edward Edwards, A Descriptive List of the Arabic Manuscripts Acquired by the Trustees of the British Museum since 1894 (London: British Museum, 1912), p. 44
  • Hamarneh, Sami, Catalogue of Arabic Manuscripts on Medicine and Pharmacy at the British Library (Cairo: Les Editions Universitaires d’Egypte, 1975), Item 230, pp. 194-95
Select Bibliography

Editions:

  • Ibn al-Nafīs, ʿAlī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm, al-Mūjiz fī al-ṭibb (al-Qāhirah: Wizārat al-Awqāf, 1986)
  • Ibn al-Nafīs, ʿAlī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm, Kitāb mūji z al-qānūn (Calcutta: The Education Press, 1828)

Study:

  • Ullmann, Manfred, Die Medizin im Islam (Leiden: Brill, 1970), p. 173

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al-Mūjiz fī ʿilm al-ṭibb الموجز في علم الطب Ibn al-Nafīs, ʻAlī ibn Abī al-Ḥazm ابن النفيس، علي بن أبي الحزم, British Library: Oriental Manuscripts, Or 5659, in Qatar Digital Library <https://www.qdl.qa/archive/81055/vdc_100023367537.0x000001> [accessed 25 May 2019]

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