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`Alî at-Tabarî's ``Paradise of Wisdom'', one of the oldest Arabic Compendiums of Medicine Author(s): Max Meyerhof Reviewed work

(s): Source: Isis, Vol. 16, No. 1 (Jul., 1931), pp. 6-54 Published by: The University of Chicago Press on behalf of The History of Science Society Stable URL: . Accessed: 12/05/2012 13:45
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at-Tabari's"Paradise of Wisdom .

one of the oldest Arabic Compendiums of Medicine
The late Professor E. G. BROWNEof Cambridge, England, one of the most prominent modern orientalists, made us acquainted, in the second of his ((Fitzpatrick Lectures)) on Arabian Medicine, (i) with one of the oldest treatises on natural philosophy and medicine written in Arabic. This is ((The Paradise of Wisdom)) (Firdaws al-Hikma), a book composed by 'ALI IBN SAHL (RABBAN)ATTABARi, a Persian physician of the IXth century A.D. BROWNE hoped to edit and perhaps translate this treatise in which he took the most lively interest. Unfortunately he died in 1923, before he could prepare more than the first pages of his intended publication. But, happily, one of his pupils, the Indian Arabist AS-SIDDIQi had taken part in the task since MUHAMMAD ZUBAIR 1922, when he was sent to Cambridge by the Government of the Indian province Bihar and Orissa as a ((Research Scholar )). He could carry on his meritorious work and finish it in 1924 and, with the aid of a subsidy from the E. G. W. Gibb Memorial Trust, edit the whole treatise in I928 (2). The publication was a laborious one, as the printing was done by a Persian printing office in Berlin, and the proofs had to be sent to Lucknow in India. This difficulty of communication according to the editor, is responsible for the very numerous misprints in the Arabic text. wrote a short English preface and a very elaborate SIDDIQI Arabic introduction from which I extract the following items
(I) E. G. BROWNE, Arabian Medicine. Cambridge I92I, P. 37-44. (2) M. Z. SIDDIQI, Firdausu'l- Iikmat, or Paradise of Wisdom by 'ALI B. RABBAN I5 PP. AT-TABARI. Berlin, I928, 8vo, XXXII+62o+



After a poem in honour of his late master E. G. BROWNE, to the memory of whom the edition is dedicated, SIDDIQI refers to the time of the great Syriac-Arabic translators of the IXth century in Baghdad, viz. YAHYA B. MASAWAIH, HUNAIN B. ISHAQ, ISHAQ B. HUNAIN, HjUBAISH, 'ISA B. YAHYA and others (3). He thinks that, next to the Syriac treatises on medicine, 'ALI AT-TABARI's ((Paradise of Wisdom)) was the very first medical compendium written in Arabic. This is an error; besides the early Arabic translation of AIHR6N the Syriac priest's and archiater's ((Medical Pandect )) (Kunndshfi't- Tibb) there are records of Arabic medical books as early as the period of the first Abbasid caliphs at the end of the VIIth and the beginning of the IXth century A.D. Such writers are, for example, MASARJAWAIH, MASiH B. HAKAM and the above-mentioned YAHYA B. MASAWAIH whose treatises exist in manuscript in many libraries. Anyhow, the ((Paradise of Wisdom)) is so far the earliest Arabic medical compendium published in print. SIDDIQi gives after this a bio-bibliographical sketch from which I extract the following items




ABU'L-HASAN 'ALI B. SAHL (RABBAN) AT-TABARI is only very briefly mentioned in a few biographical works, and his biography seems to have been taken by the writers from remarks in his own book. His, or rather his father's name has been very often mutilated by the Arab authors, so that we find him mentioned as 'ALI B. ZAIN, B. ZAID, B. ZAIL, B. RAZIN, B. RAYYAN, B. RABL, B. DABAL or B. DHABAL, etc. IBN AL-QIFTi (4) renders the title Rabban correctly but with a false explanation, taking it for the Jewish title of Rabbi. So 'AL? B. RABBAN passed into all historical works, until quite recently, as a Muslim of Jewish origin, although 'ALl himself, in the preface to his work, explains this title Rabban as being the Syriac word for ((our Master)) or ((our Teacher )). The late Professor HOROVITZ told me and wrote to me several years ago, that this was a Christian title; A. MINGANA gave the proof of

(3) See GEORGE SARTON, Introduction to the History of Science, 1, Baltimore,
Histoire de la M6decine arabe, (Paris I870) P. 574 ff. and LECLERC, foll. (4) Ta'rfkh al-I.Iukamad, ed. LIPPERT(Leipzig 1903), P. 23I.
I927, I, 202,



this in print for the first time in I922. 'ALi says in his apologetic tract c(The Book of Religion and Empire)) which he wrote about 855 A.D. that he himself was a Christian before he was converted to Islam, and that his uncle ZAKKAR was a prominent Christian scholar. This tract is a defence of Islam against Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists and Parsees. Judging by autobiographical remarks taken from the preface to the ((Paradise of Wisdom)) SIDDIQI thinks that 'ALI was born

and 780 A.H.

at Merw

in the Persian


of Tabaristan. This fixation of the time of 'ALI's birth, however, is based on an erroneous interpretation of the texts, of which I venture to offer a correction based on my own translation of them. In chapter 3I2 (P. 5I9 of the text) where 'ALI B. RABBAN writes on the celestial signs of coming events he relates the following: , There appeared in my time also a comet, and the direction of its tail (dhua'dba) was once to the East and once to the West, and it remained (visible) during a succession of nights. After this a large town in Ferghana disappeared with all its inhabitants; and a host of people rose up against the Great King (i.e. the caliph) and he overcame them, but it was not long before he died and God gave the reign to HARUN. And I observed in the latter's time one afternoon, when I was at Surra-man-Ra'd (5), a star (viz. meteor) shooting down from the direction of the South (taiman, Syriac word !) and falling to the North (jarbiyad,Syriac), and it was spread out in the heaven and separated into flashes resembling written letters; and he (the caliph) died likewise some days later after a violent disease by which he was attacked. Several months before his death there appeared in the heaven an oblong fire remaining from nmidnight till nearly dawn )). There is no doubt that the verb inkhasafa (to sink into the ground, to be swallowed up) means here an earthquake. Ferghana, a large province in Transoxania (to-day in Russian Turkestan) has always been and still is a centre of violent tectonic earthquakes.
(5) An euphemistic name (((Joy of him who sees her ))) for Samarra, a second capital of the caliphate on the Tigris north of Baghdad founded by the caliph AL-MU'TASIM in 836 A.D. It was the seat of seven caliphs and was abandoned in 889. The important ruins have been excavated by ERNST



The one which was referred to by 'ALI AT-TABARIis very probably that mentioned by AL-GARDIZI in the year 224 of the Hijra, i.e. 838-9, A.D. (BARTHOLD, Turkestan down to the Mongol Invasion, London, 1928, p. 2IO). The second date referring to the accession of the caliph HARUN can never be logically connected with the famous HARUN ARRASHID who died in 809, twenty-seven years before the foundation of Samarra (Surra-man-Ra'd) It refers to the tenth caliph ABU JA'FAR HARUN AL-WATHIQ BI LLAH (842-847 A.D.), grandson of HARUN AL-RASHID, and to his father and predecessor ALMU'TASIM, the ninth Abbasid caliph. The latter had, indeed, to deal with several revolts on the part of his Arabian, Turkish and Persian generals. The apparition of two bright comets shortly before his death (842 A.D.) is also described by IBN AL-QIFTI (6). HARUN AL-WATHIQ'S disease to which 'ALI B. RABBAN alludes and from which the ruler died in 847 A.D. was insufferable thirst, probably diabetes. Another erroneous interpretation made by SIDDIQI refers to a passage on p. 5I8, line 22 foll. of the printed edition of the Firdaws al-Hikma. It runs as follows: ((I saw in Tabaristan (7), while I was saying my evening-prayer with my father, a fire rising from the South (taiman) and passing to the North (jarbiya) in the form of a thick and long cylinder (ustuwana); it was then not long before the king of its (Tabaristan's) mountains had to deal with trouble, was expelled from his mountains and towns, and returned there later on, after having experienced terrible misfortunes and having suffered a decrease of power )). SIDDIQI (p. vii) thinks that this must refer to one of the revolts of the Persian prince WANDAD HURMUZD during the reign of HARUN AR-RASHID, reported in IBN ISFANDIYAR's History (8). He determines it more exactly as about the year 785 A.D., so that he fixes the date of IALI B. RABBAN'S birth at about 775 A.D.
(6) Ta'rikh al-Hukamar, p. 156. (7) The Persian province between the Caspian Sea and the mountain chain of the Elburz. (8) An abridged Translation of the History of Tabaristadn... by Muhammad b. al-Ilasan b. Isfandiydr... by EDWARD G. BROWNE (Gibb Memorial Ser. JI), Leyden, London, I905, P. 130-I.

etc. also a little in Hebrew and Greek. by 'AL? TABARi. Manchester. P. RABBAN mentions no names. A. . and secondly. RUSKA. C. according to a recently translated note by AL-BIRUNI. at the age of seventy-five. 32-33. it was a revolt of the Persian prince against the caliph. (ii) Al-Battani. mathematics and philosophy and. to translate his great medical treatise from Arabic into Syriac. whilst the text of the ((Paradise of Wisdom)) clearly speaks of a revolt of the people of Tabaristan against their ((King of the Mountains )). (io).D. I 922. but interested also in other sciences. So this must refer to one of the numerous troubles related by as having occurred during the caliphate IBNISFANDIYAR (pp. this insurrection had already occurred before the death of the caliph AL-MAHDI (775 A. and still later have been converted to Islam. 3lO foll. as he himself states.. Unhappily the Persian historian gives no exact dates. and at the age of eighty have written his apology for Islam (9) ! And it would be still less possible that he could have been the teacher of the great Persian physician MUHAMMAD B. A.). in his ((Book of Religion and Empire )). It is very probable that he was a contemporary of and of the same age as the famous translator HUNAIN B. was born in 865 A. Albatenii Opus Astronomicum ed. XVIII foll.D. as he quotes him frequently. p.10 MAX MEYERHOF But. later on. NALLINO I. which forms the subject of the present essay and which he finished in 85o A. He is mentioned as an astrologer in IBN ABi USAIBI'A I. ed. 'ALI'S father SAHL with the honorary title of Rabban was a medical man..D.) that 'ALI quoted from (g) The Book of Religion and Empire.I43-I52) of AL-MA'MUN (8I3-833 A.). i86) mentions a translation of PTOLEMY'S Almagest by SAHL shortly discusses the veracity of this RABBAN . ISHAQ (809-877). and 'ALI B.D. P. In Isis V. long passages from the Old Testament. C. firstly.. NALLINO 'ALI was instructed. in medicine. So it is not possible to determine even approximately the birth-date of the latter. IBN AL-QIFTI (p. According to SIDDIQI he must have written his medical book. as he alleges. So 'ALi was able. ZAKARIYA' ARRAzI who. (1922). MINGANA. by his assertion (ii). learned father in the Syriac and Arabic languages. (Xo) J. and to quote. 120 foll. P. Al-Birdni iiberdas Leben und die Schriften al-Razf's. But for this there is the simple explanation given by MINGANA (1.

Moreover seventy-five when AR-RAZI the sojourn of 'ALI B. which he finished in the third year of the caliph 'ALI IBN RABBAN must have died some time (viz. reported that he went for him to Baghdad to the court of the caliph AL-MA'MUN and to Rayy (Rhages) where AR-RAZI (RHAZES) the most celebrated of all the Arabo-Persian physicians is said to have been his pupil. (13a) For more details on 'ALU'S life.TABARI S ((PARADISEOF WISDOM)) II 'ALi is expressly one of the Syriac translations of the Bible (I2).). MUHAMMAD ATTABARI and IBN KHALLIKAN (MINGANA pp. May 21. in 85o A. QARIN. 23 I).). vol. 1. After the violent death of MAZIYAR. and p. during the reign of the caliph AL-MUTAWAKKIL. Introduction. after the defeat and before the cruel execution of his master MAZIYAR (d. XVI) that 'ALt'S conversion took place about 855 A. We learn from 'ALi IBN RABBAN'S own words that later on he was secretary to the Persian prince MAZIYAR B.D. but I think that this is not possible. C. RABBAN was a man of at least reached the age of learning. as the Firdaws al-HTikma. p.. seems to have been about 840 A. AL-XWATHIQ The last-mentioned (847-6I A. as 'ALI B. p. (I 3) IBN ABI USAIBI'A relates (I. 84I A. moreover. on the contrary it presents many So I think that 'ALI'S conversion took quotations from the Old Testament.D. in 85o A. IX foll.. (842-47) and AL-MUTAWAKKIL ruler converted him to Islam. see my biographical study mentionned in note 39. subsequent his death to this (I3a). S.D. SARTON. is perfectly in accordance with the opinion of MINGANA (1. grandson of the above-mentioned WANDAD HURMUZDand governor of Tabaristarn. XI and XIII). vol. foll. and it was for him that he wrote the above-mentioned apologetic tract against Jews. 'ALI seems to have served as a secretary to the caliphs AL-MU'TASIM (833-842). MARGOLIOUTH. date. does not contain any Mohammedan sentences or quotations from the Qur'an. Proceedings of the British Academy. it is.D. Christians and Magians (I3). There is no evidence that 'ALI returned to Rayy in his later years.D. RAzI's birthplace.D. XVI (1930). 309) that 'ALI was converted to Islam by This is not possible.D.. 288.). P. but no historian a list of 'ALi'S records the year of following SIDD:IQI then gives literary output see G. . (I2) As to the early version (Peshitta) P. moreover D. c. SIDDIQI accepts this assertion of IBN AL-QIFTI (1. This place after 85o A. eight years after this caliph's death. called a Christian by the Historians AN-NADIM.written the caliph AL-MU'TASIM. RABBAN at Rayy.

vol.). is lost. I. The Niddna is a famous work on pathology by a physician named MADHAVAKARA. ISHAQ.g. translated into Arabic by order of the caliph HARUN AR-RASHID (VIIIth A. In SIDDIQI's biographical sketch I find no allusion to the information imparted by European writers to the effect that 'ALI B. 76 foll.). SUSHRUTA. 'ALl'S compendium has been quoted by (14) SUSHRUTA is the celebrated early surgeon. Introduction to the History of Science. which follows the books of CHARAKA. CHARAKA the early Indian physician who left great treatises on Medicine (see GEORGE SARTON. IBN ABI USAIBi'a and occasional references in 'ALIS own works. SIDDIQI concludes from his study of 'ALI's books that he was not free from superstitious practices.D. the Niddna (I4) and the Ashtdngakradaya (I5). besides three of his books. As all this output. as he quotes him frequently. See G. it is doubtful whether all these publications are authentic. and it has been imitated in its turn by many other Arabic medical writers. RABBAN was a pupil of HUNAIN B. Some of the titles seem to be synonyms for the same work. In its arrangement it partly follows the Greek compendiums of e. This work is said to have been cent. MUKHOPADHYAYA. But there is no evidence for it in Oriental sources. pp. (d. I. THE ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) (Firdaws al-Hikma).I2 MAX MEYERHOF the Fihrist.D. 299. It is more probable that both these scholars were pupils of the venerable YAHYA B. (I5) The Astantga Hrdava Sarihitad Compendium of the Essence of the Octo- . MASAWAIH. the library and translation institute founded by the caliph AL-MA'MuN in Baghdad. 857 A. What distinguishes this book and makes it unique of its kind is the sketch on Indian medicine at the end. Besides the two afore-mentioned books there is a hitherto unpublished book on Hygiene (fifz as-Sihha) extant in a unique copy in the Bodleian Library at Oxford (No. 578). mostly on hygiene and medicine but also on charms and two Islamic apologetic tracts. The surgical Instruments of the Hindus ((( (Calcutta I9I9) vol. and we shall indeed meet such practices in the course of our analysis of the ((Paradise of Wisdom )). It comprises fourteen books. p. This is indeed possible. ORIBASIOs and PAUL OF AEGINA. II. and 284). physician and chief of the ((House of Wisdom )). This is one of the oldest complete Arabic compendiums of medicine and natural philosophy which have come down to us.

(i6) The editor could have done with WITHINGTON's help for this part of his introduction. and NAFIS (B. 35-36). ))) by VAGBHATA I. III. Other medical authors who are quoted are ARCHIGENES and MAGNES OF EMESSA. STEPHANUS. Studies in the Medicine of Ancient India. The ((Paradise of Wisdom)) is. 68a) and in AD-DAMIRI's ((Life of Animals)) (BULAQ edition II.TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) I3 many early and by a few late Arabic medical authors. only ascribed to him). as he did not recognise many of these names. moreover. i. De Flatibus and Acute Diseases. They include more than 6o of the Aphorisms.Tarewcf2f) instead of ((THE PERIPATETIC )). HOERNLE. F. BADR AD-DIN AL-QALANISI (XJIlth century) and IBN AL-BAITAR (Xlllth century) in their pharmacologies. II (I2) f. (SACHAU'S translation I9IO. The famous Arabo-Persian historiographer MUHAMMAD B. A. The dates of all these physicians are still uncertain. 'AWAD) AL-KIRMANI (XVth century) in his commentary on (NAJiB AD-DIN AS-SAMARQANDI'S) ((Causes and Symptoms )). but there are many more of them.D. but the Arabs partite Science ))) by VAGBHATA II. in BIRUNI S YAQUT's Arabic Geography (III. for example. R. . (((the Elder ))). Epidemics. As to details see. vol. Calcutta I845. they probably fall within the first six centuries A. besides the philosophers ARISTOTLE. T. Commentary on the Hindu System of Medicine. ((Axominos s instead of ANAXIMENES and ALEXANDER ((the Traveller)) (at. WISE. A. besides the books quoted by SARTON. Airs. most of which have been identified by Dr. 442). THEOPHRASTUS. DEMOCRITUS. I-I8 and JULIUS JOLLY. TH. io. mentioned in ALI(ndia )). Medicin. (((the Younger ))) is an extract from the Astndga Samigraha ((( Summary of the Octop. As for the quotations from Greek sources which are found in the ((Paradise of Wisdom)) there are about i2o from HippoCRATES. in AL-BALKHI s ((Wonders of the Things)) (BROWNE Or. ALEXANDER and ANAXIMENES (i6). in Grundriss der indo-arischen Philologie. JARIR AT-TABARI is said to have read the ((Paradise of Wisdom)) while he was sick and confined to bed. SIDDIQI in his Hdwiz (Continens) enumerates as such AR-RAZI(RHAZES) and in the ((Precious Book)) (al-Fdkhir) (which is. writing. 549). WITHINGTON and appended to the Arabic print in the English Appendix II. 507. M. 282). the others being from the Prognostics. Some 2o quotations from GALEN and I 3 from DIOSCORIDES' Materia Medica have been identified by WITHINGTON. in JBN ISFANDIYAR ((History of Tabaristan)) (Gibb Memorial edition. G. De Natura Pueri. I. Sc. Waters and Places.e. Part I (Oxford I907) pp. however. Strassburg I91O. ALEXANDER OF APHRODISIAS. p. PYTHAGORAS is likewise mentioned.

30 A MS. 4I British Museum. MASAWAIH authors who are quoted are MASARJAWAIH. 266).1928. RUSKAthat this is the Geoponica by CASSIANUS BASSUS. The only Arabic YUHANNAB.). but doubtless from the XIIIth century and the oldest of all the existing copies. Cairo. . SIDDIQI strove to identify the last-mentioned book. it is incomplete and dated ioo8 A. An Arabic MS. but owing to his absence from Cairo I have not been able to collate the texts. 20 An incomplete copy in the Berlin State Library (Landberg Fund No. a ((Book of Creatures )) (? Kitab al-Ahwaz). a ((Book on the Eye )) (perhaps that of HUNAIN a ((Book of the Natures of Animals)) (perhaps B. but not identical with the translation of the Greek Geoponica by (( QOSTU^S IBN ASK URASKINA )). which had been translated into Arabic during the caliphate of HAARUNAR-RASHID. This is an almost complete copy of 552 pages of 21 lines each. but written in Maghrebine handwriting in the XVIth century.). which is in the possession of the Grand-Ducal Library of Gotha (No. 40 A nearly complete copy in the possession of the physician KHWAJA KAM&L AD-DIN of Lucknow (India). (i686 A. MEYERHOF.D.H. It is not dated. $IDDIQI had at his disposal five Arabic MSS. and HUNAIN B.H. London. ARISTOTLE'S Historia Animalium) and a ((Book of Agriculture )).D. the last two being 'ALI IBN RABBAN 'S contemporaries. - THE MANUSCRIPTS. Five books which have not been identified are repeatedly quoted: A ((Book of Explanation of Obesity. We know now through the investigations of J. ISHAIQ?) (I7). 50 A copy of the MS. not dated. It has been in the possession of several Indian and Persian scholars. The Ten Treatises on the Eye ascribed to Hunain b. 856 A i910). of this translation was recently discovered in Syria by Father PAUL SBATH. Ishadq. of the Firdaws al-Hikma: I? Arundel Or. ISHAQ. Emaciation and Disturbance of Coition )). but he considered it similar to. . III.I4 MAX MEYERHOF did not possess any of his original works. 40 in the Library (I7) See M. But I am inclined to be of the opinion that these passages are quoted from the ((Book of Agriculture)) written by VINDANIUS ANATOLIUS. (I6oo A. dated 1097 A.

e. asatir). also some which had been invented by 'ALi himself and his father SAHL (Rabban). RABBAN seems to believe in their efficacy. and 'ALI B. and 30. A list of printer's errors concludes the introduction which is followed by an index of chapters and pages. RABBAN'S ((Paradise of Wisdom ) I have some remarks to add to SIDDIQI'S introduction: The book is much more dependent on GALEN'S medical writings than SIDDIQI'S and WITHINGTON s quotations from this author show. The Arabic technical terms are. After a careful study of the Arabic text of 'ALI B. The question is. dirham (drachm). Paris I877-83). the frequence of the application of the istar (plur.g. the ((Paradise of Wisdom)) is a compilation of Greek and Indian Medicine with an influx of Persian drugs. the date of the definite edition of the ((Paradise of Wisdom ). Popular and superstitious practices are frequently described. as the trade in papyrus ceased in Asia in the Xth century. a confused and confusing piece of work. and of the sukurja or ((bowl)) as a measurebesides the ratl (pound). in general but not always.. zo. There are many Indian drugs which were unknown to the Greeks. and uqiyya (ounce). The text is based for the first 550 pages of the printed edition on the MSS. Syriac terms are rather frequent. LECLERC. Traite des Simples par Ibn al-Beithar. io. Persian terms abound. L. Considered as a whole. four mithqal's. to explain the names of compound remedies.TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) I5 of Rampur (India). and for the last seventy pages also on 40. e. 42). those created by IjUNAIN. RABBAN extract his paragraphs ? I am of the opinion that he took them chiefly from HUNAIN's numerous Syriac and few Arabic versions which this celebrated translator had accomplished up to 850 A. and to restore the very much mutilated names of Greek and Persian medicines. particularly in the pharmacopoeia which is very full and includes most of the drugs recorded in the XJIlth century by IBN AL-BAITAR and many others. As noted already by BROWNE (P. i. I have been at great pains to identify the terms which are missing from the Materia Medica of this author (ed. The designation of weights and measures is sometimes remarkable. and many recipes.D. The frequent mention of papyrus as a medium for plasters seems to me a proof of the authenticity and the early date of the book. from which translations did 'ALi B. it contains very little about anatomy and .

IV.g. BROWNE (I.I6 MAX MEYERHOF surgery. The description of therapy by internal and external remedies is very explicit and sometimes mixed with superstitious recipes. He thinks that he has written a more comprehensive and intelligible book than his predecessors have done. He believes that he has followed the rules given by HIPPOCRATES and ARISTOTLE for the introduction to the knowledge of Philosophy and Medicine. and explains the aims of the book.e. thirty Discourses (maaqdla) and three hundred and sixty Chapters (bab). 'ALI B. GALEN and the Indians are too detailed. Anyhow this book is very far removed from the systematic clearness of the Greeks and from the skilful arrangement of the works of later Arabo-Persian authors. RABBAN first writes about his own scientific education. G. - THE CONTENTS OF THE ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) E. Rare or remarkable names of remedies or technical terms are specially mentioned and form the subject of the two glossaries appended to this paper.D. pp. . 85o A. whilst the descriptions of diseases are poor or entirely missing. In this preface 'ALi B. AL-'ABBAS and AVICENNA. proceeding from generalities to the special study of each branch. By reason of the great length of the book I am obliged to limit my analysis to the translation of the headings of the 360 chapters. mentions (on p. (their successive numeration being mine !). The historical importance of the ((Paradise of Wisdom ). Clinical notes are rare.) at Samarra (in Mesopotamia). On the other hand the theoretical parts. e. 2 of the print) that he completed his book in the third year of the caliph AL-MUTAWAKKIL (i. can hardly be overrated. sometimes casting a glance at their contents. 42-44) has already given a general plan of the book which is composed of seven Parts (ndw'). RHAZES. the physiopathological theories of HIPPOCRATES. which confirms the observations to which many passages occurring in his apologetic tract ((Book of Religion and Empire)) give rise. C. Here the Author shows considerable knowledge of the Old Testament in its Syriac version. and introduced by a preface of seven pages. and this is the reason why I have made an analysis of the contents of the bulky volume. however.

Chapter z: On Matter (hayu'i. mostly following ARISTOTLE. treats of general philosophical ideas. Chapter 13: On the Genesis of the Embryo. and on the Genesis of their Organs. (i8) This chapter has been partly translated by E. Chapter 7: On Genesis and Decay. GALEN and ARISTOTLE. Chapter 5: On the Genesis of Temperaments one from another. G. i 6 foll. Chapter i: On the Name of the Book and its Composition. Chapter I4: On the Period in which the Embryo is formed. Quantity and Quality. (Rainbow). ISHIAQ. PLATO is quoted.).ArX). 8-30 of the printed edition). Shape. Chapter 6: On Metamorphosis (istihala). PART 1I (p. in the Sea and in the Air. earthquake. the Action of the Celestial Sphere and the Luminous Bodies (nayyirat) therein. The author gives (p. I14) a diagram of the four temperaments and their antagonistic action. Chapter 3: On simple and compound Temperaments (taba'i') (i. Chapter 4: On the Antagonism of these Temperaments and the Refutation of the Opinion of those who allege that the Air is cold (of temper. . subdivided into chapters.TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) I7 I2 PART I (pp. Chapter 8: On Activity and Passivity (fi'l wa'nfi'al). BROWNE (Arabian Medicine p.e. DISCOURSEI. The Author mentions among his sources. etc. Chapter I2: On the Genesis of Animals living on the Earth. Chapter ii : On shooting Stars and the Colours which are generated in the Air. fundamental qualities and elements) and the Refutation of the opinion of those who allege the Existence of a fifth (Temperament) (i 8). expressly HUNAIN B. his contemporary and p-retended master. Chapter io: On the Effects of the Action of the Elements on the Air and subterranean Conditions : meteorology. Chapter i 5 : On the Cause of the Genesis of Male and Female.) 2 . besides HIPPOCRATES. 30-I 14): Physiology and Hygiene. Chapter 9: On the Genesis of Things from the Elements.

Nails andr Teeth. render the latter part of the title in different ways. Shortness. 572). but the Berlin MS. KiUHN I P. The MSS. Chapter 24: On the Skin. Perfection and Defectiveness of Organs. Heart and the Origin of Nerves and Blood-vessels. (Following GALEN.fdl) of the Body. Baldness (sal') and the Youth of Animals. Chapter 2o: On the Stomach. Hair. Chapter 2z: On the Cause of the Rotundity of the Head and the Proofs of it. and the Difference between Night and Day. Seasons of the Year. On the Cause of upright Carriage (intisab) of Men (alone) among the Animals. Chapter 25. some reading ((Macrocosm )). Chapter z7: On the Cause of the Beard. Chapter i6: On the Symptoms of Pregnancy and Prediction of Sex. Chapter z8: On Puberty (iktildm) and the Menses (tamth). Mostly following HIPPOCRATES' De Natura Pueri. ed. This chapter again is followed by a diagram of the seasons and the four points of the compass. of white Hair (shaib). Chapter 30: On Ages. the Detachment of Hands and Feet (arms and legs) and the Similarity of Men to the Microcosm. . the Condition of Aliments in it and the Faculties of the four Temperaments. Chapter I7: HIPPOCRATES on Pregnancy and its Symptoms. their Faculties and Functions. Chapter 23: On the Orifices (khur j) of the Head and the Outlets for the Superfluities (fu. Chapter I9: On the Causes of the Genesis of Temperaments (Miizadj]at Kpa'Es ) and Organs. on the Brain. Crookedness and Straightness and the Colours of the Body. which is the oldest of all gives the correct explanation that man is analogous to the parts of the world and that he is therefore called a microcosm. on the Cause of Malformation. Chapter i 8: On Miscarriage and Alleviation of Delivery. Chapter z6: On the Cause of Length.).i8 MAX MEYERHOF the Frequence of Births. Chapter z9: On the Kinds of Organs. Chapter 2I: On the Causes of reflex and voluntary Movement. The ((Author of the Physiognomy)) (4dihib al-firadsa) is quoted (probably PSEUDO-POLEMON whose book was translated into Syriac and Arabic at an early date.

On Movements and the Refutation of the Opinion of those who contest them. Chapter 37 : On the perceptive Power of the Eye. Isis X. Chapter 33 : That the Soul is not in the Body like the Genesis of (other) Things one in another. Chapter 32: That the Soul is not compound. Ishadq. (2o) Compare M. as some People pretend. This chapter treats of vital. (I9) Compare M.. Die aristotelische Lehke vom Licht bei HIunain b. (PSEUDO-) THEOPHRASTUS and (PSEUDO-) PYTHAGORAS are quoted. musulmane. CHEIKHO. sect. 347-8. Flavours and Smells are Accidentia and not Bodies. MEYERHOF and C. MEYERHOF. Paris. 127-142. Notice sur un ancien manuscrit arabe. DISCOURSE III. Chapter 39: That Colours. animals and plants are meant. Chapter 41 : On the Signs of the Temperaments of the Bodies. (I928) pp. I9 Chapter 3X : Discussion of the Soul and that it is neither an Accidens nor one of the Temperaments. Matter (hayudli). Chapter 34: That the Body is possessed of Souls which pass away with the Body. The ((seven)) movements of human beings are meant and the discussion of their ability to move. and the ten Things of which Speech. Notices et manuscrits.TABARI S ((PARADISEOF WISDOM)) DISCOURSEI1. the second part follows ARISTOTLE'S De Animna(I9). Der Islam II fI(9II) P. At the beginning (( ALEXANDER the Sage)) (OF APHRODISIAS)is quoted. Chapter 40: On the Faculties ruling and preserving the Body. Chapter 35: On Reason. An Arabic Medico-philosophical Compendium. Chapter 36: On imaginative Power (wahm) and the other Senses. following GALEN'S De Facultatibus naturalibus. ARISTOTLE's categories are meant. The souls of men. animal and natural faculties. Digression on PYTHAGORAS'doctrine of numbers. and L. PP. . and that Light is neither a Body nor Fire. Chapter 38: On the other Senses. Following ARISTOTLE. II7 foil. is compounded. Following ARISTOTLEwho propounded the theory that the light reflected from objects meets the eye (2o). 1897. PRUFER.

Hastiness (4idda). Chapter 5I: On Dreams. Sleep. I. and Weariness (wajal). This is. On Hygiene.On the Nursing of the Grown-up Child. Quivering (ikhtildj) and (tamatti). Injustice (jawr). Cowardice (jubn). Reflection (fikra). Chapter 56 On the Diet of each Temperament at every Age. Chapter 52: On Visions (rau'y) and Evil Eye ('ain). Thoughtlessness (nazaq). notably the story of the resuscitation of Samuel by the prophetess of Endor. Chapter 48 : On Courage (shajd'aa). (Sam. Chapter 47: On Lust (shahwa). Sorrow. Chapter 55. and Wrath (ghadab). Laughing. The author considers such movements as means to eliminate bad superfluities (fu441. Weeping. Chapter 57: On the Diet of (the different) Organs. retentive and weak Memory (hift wa-nasayan). Avarice (bukhl). Thirst. All these chapters follow GALEN De Temperamentis. Confusion (khajal). Chapter 50: On Sneezing ('utas). DISCOURSE Chapter 53: On the Nursing and Hygiene of the Newborn Child. horripilation). Sleeplessness. Foresight (kilm). a record of the opinions of philosophers and physicians on this subject. Stretching of the Arms Tickling (daghdagha). Modesty (tawu'dd). Chapter 44: On the Signs of the Temperament of the Liver and Stomach. Chapter 46: On Merriness. c. Numbness (khadar). At the end the author gives quotations from stories of miracles related by GALEN and in the Old Testament. evil Dreaming (i4tildm) and Nightmare (kdbus). Vanity (zahw). Fatigue and the like. Gravity (thiql). 28). Chapter 43: On the Signs of the Temperament of the Heart. IV. Chapter 49: On Levity (khiffa). in general. as well as of the wonders attributed to imaginative power by the Indians.20 MAX MEYERHOF Chapter 42: On the Signs of the Temperament of the Brain. . He adds yawning (tatha'ub) and shuddering (qush'artra. Love (4ibb) and Hatred (bughId). 1eptrrr1tLara) from the body. Chapter 54. Chapter 45 : On Hunger.

Iumar) and on Diet useful and harmful to (the different) Organs. Chapter 6I: On Diet in Winter. According to HIPPOCRATES. Following GALEN De Alimentor.TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) DISCOURSE 21 V. Chapter 58: On Diet in Spring. Chapter 65: On the Cause of Nutrition. . Chapter 67: On the Kinds of Aliments. DISCOURSE I. Facult. Chapter 75 : On the Rules (qanuin) of Treatment and the different Aspects (points of View) extant in them. Chapter 62: On Travels and Campaigns. Chapter 64: On the Kinds of Atrophy (. this is the main part of the book) On Diseases and Treatments. PART III (pp. Chapter 70: On the Disease of each Stage of Life and in each Season. Chapter 69 : On the Kinds of general Diseases and their Causes. Chapter 74: On the Symptoms of internal Diseases. PART IV (pp. Chapter 6o: On Diet in Autumn. 114-120): On the Cause of Nutrition (zi) and the Assimilation of Aliments by Bodies. Chapter 63: On thinning. Chapter 68: On the Number of general Diseases. Chapter 73: On the Symptoms which indicate their Disturbance. Chapter 59 On Diet in Summer. Following ARISTOTLE. fattening and appetizing Things (Aliments). The preceding chapters follow GALEN De Symptomatum Causis etc. 120-356. Chapter 72: On the Causes of the Disturbance (hayajdn) of these Temperaments (tabd'i'). Chapter 66: On the Quantities of Aliments [to be taken] and on those which are [to be taken] first and last [at the beginning and end of the meal]. Chapter 71 : On the Things which stir the four Humours (akhldt) when they are corrupted and disturbed. (21) Here several misprints disturb the sense of the Arabic text. All the preceding chapters follow GALEN De Sanitate tuenda. their Qualities and Effects.

hemicrania (sihaqzqa). solitariness. Chapter 83: HIPPOCRATES' Sayings on the Brain. white Scar (wadah) and Dandruff (ibriyya). sleeplessness (sahar). or by troubles of the stomach rand the abdomen (maraqq). splitting headache. PersianSyriac word) (22). G. wa-tanzn). tinnitus (dawl'). and a recipe for epilepsy belonging to the author's father is given (p. lethargy (subdt). Chapter 78 : On Wounrds in the Head (shajjat). Stories of sudden insanities and suicides due to hallucinations. Chapter 79 : On the Diseases of the Brain.e.e. Among the remedies is maibufakhtaj. amnesia (nasayan). Chapter 8o: On the Symptoms of Diseases of the Brain and their Accidents. tumour (waram). Arabian . divining disease. an Arabo-Persian term for boiled wine. misanthropy. 35. Chapter 82: On the Symptoms of those (Diseases) which are caused by the Stomach and the Bowels.g.22 MAX MEYERHOF Chapter 76: On the Treatment of the Organs and on Dieting in acute Diseases (amrdd hddda). vertigo (dawdar). (pudd'). i. DISCOURSE II: On the Diseases of each Organ. cephalalgy of the whole head (sanwartad. Baldness (qara' and sal'). Chapter 8i : On the Treatment of Diseases of the Brain. their Symptoms and Treatrnent. shyness (wahshesa). translation of HIPPOCRATES' L'Ep vo0vio). Chapter 77: On the [diseases of the Skin of the] Head : Alopecy (dd'ath-tha'lab). corruption of phantasy and reason (fasdd al-khaydl wa'-l-'aql). demonianism). Medicine. Ophiasis (dd'al-hayya). Following HIPPOCRATES De Diaeta Acutorum. Chapter 84: On Tinnitus (Tingling of the Ears. melancholy (waswasa i. p. Epilepsy (sar' or al-marad al-kdhin'. (zz) See the etymological explanation of the word by E. The strange term dhihab ma' al-wahsh probably designates retirement through misanthropy. Dyes (hihddb). and each kind caused by the brain. m45). dawA' Chapter 85: On Vertigo (dawadrwa-sadar) its Symptoms and Treatment. ((ALEXANDER THE PHILOSOPHER)) and STEPHEN OF ALEXANDRIA are quoted. BROWNE. delirium (hadhayadn). Cosmetics for the hair. moreover six kinds of headache: e.

as well as. i..afara). 'amaurosis (z. Chapter 88: On the Treatment of Headache. (kVtLofCEcaAov or a small prolapse of the iris owing to a perforated ulcer. Chapter 92: On the Diseases of the Eye. its symptoms and Treatment. The Author does not give any theory of vision here. Chapter 89: On Hemicrania and its Treatment. Chapter go: On Cephalalgy of the whole head (sanwarta). i. lachrymation (dam'a. sayaldn). tumour (ghudda) and fistula (nadsaur) of the lachrymal caruncle.e.e. Another remedy is designated by a mutilated Syriac name composed with hawkeba. ophthalmia (ramad). nightblindness ('asha'). oedema (intifdkh). A plaster of opium. But this may be a copyist's blunder. ghishadwa). )). The abscess (gharab). helmet. in the following part. is mentioned.TABARI S ((PARADISEOF WISDOM)) 23 Chapter 86: On Amnesia and Nightmare. The remedy falaniyad was still known to several native Cairo bazaar druggists some twenty years ago. Other affections of the eye described in this and the next chapter are : amblyopia (/abdb. A short description of cataract (Ma') and of the ocular muscles and their affections concludes this chapter. i. to be stuck to the temples. Chapter 9I : On the Structure of the Eye. psorophthalmia (hikka).ulma).e. pterygium (. This chapter follows GALEN'S De Usu Partium and partly the Arabic nomenclature of HUNAIN. Chapter 93: On the Symptoms of Eye-Diseases. bAcVEL. the staphyloma as 'inabiyya (uvea) instead of 'inaba. Among those of the conjunctiva are the bloodspot (tarfa). their Symptoms and Treatment. star. In the cornea are ulcers (quru'h) and pustules (bathr). dragon's blood and saffron with gum on papyrus. intishadr for intithadr al-ashfdr (falling out of the lashes). symblepharon . the Author falsely terms an ulcer on the pupil muirsai aj. DISCOURSE 1II.OvaJvo8vvov. sclerosis (jasa). The Syriac word designates splitting lheadache in the entire brain and its membranes and is derived from the Persian sar-band. conjunctival congestion (rzh as-sabal). but is independent of his ((Ten Discourses on the Eye )). Amnongthe remedies are ((Greek or Persianfaliniya i.e. Chapter 87: On the Kinds of Headache and their Symptoms.

ulcers (quru4h). and a recipe which 'ALI got from an inhabitant of 'Oman (Southern Arabia). trachoma (jarab) which is not described. VII. Eversion of the Lids (shatar) and Recipes for dry Collyria (akhakl). or arTaArtKcov) Chapter 95 : On the Treatment of the Lid. . Chapter 99: On Epistaxis (ru'df) and its Treatment. Chapter IOI: On the Treatment and Cleaning of the Face.i. Chapter 98 : On the Diseases of the Nose and their Symptoms. sec. light-bringing). 162).swelling of the tonsils (waram al-lawzatain) etc. Such diseases are suppuration (qaih) (25). in Persian : bddhdishnadm)(26). med. (25) (26) From bddlhijnam (Vullers I. Chapter 96: On the Diseases of the Ear and their Symptoms. or-raKcrK'Vcc and another bearing a Persian name. freckles (namsh). Besides this Persian word the drug-name for (23) Mentioned by GALEN De composit.the eye-salve of HERMIAS (shiydf Armisyadlhs) another one with a Persian-Syriac name (dabid-murra) (24) and some superstitious medicines (suspending of gall-bladders and eyes of crawfish at the temples).24 MAX MEYERHOF (shatra). murrd Syriac for myrrh. (24) Dabfd is the Persian word for electuary. or bad-dijndm (Steingass). for which a Persian name is ru'shanad' (i. Among the eye-salves is one with a mutilated Greek name (isht4tzafdn. a Theodotion by STEPHEN and ALEXANDER (OF TRALLES ?).e. Steaming with decoctions of plants is mentioned. Among the latter are noticeable the owasp-collyrium)) (kuhl zunbuzriz). and PAULUS AEGINETA 1. white spots (waidah) black scars (dthadr sufd). the /a3rtAtcorV. locos. pwxpopo&. erysipelas (4umra.).e. Persian and Indian drugs (myrobolans) and superstitious remedies are mentioned.the TpaXw1Ja-rtKoV. another containing jashmizaq (Cassia Absus L. Chapter 94: On the Treatment of Eye-Diseases. the Lashes. Among the remedies we meet the Greek orTaTrtKoLv (23). (astdtz'quzn). The text always reads qabh (deformity) insted of qaih (pus) ! erysipelas of the face. but treatment with copper eye-salves is recommended. Xanthelasma (kalaf). Chapter 97: On the Treatment of the Ear. Besides Greek remedies. Chapter iOO: On nasal Catarrh (zukadm) and its Treatment. For cataract there is no mention of the couching operation. a drug unknown to the Greeks. lice (qaml) in the lashes.

and eructation (jasha'). (i. Uvula and Tonsils (lawzatan). Chapter io8 : On the Symptoms of Plegia and facial Paralysis. DISCOURSE VI.and earth-eaters). vocal organs). i. Chapter II6: Their Treatment. persistent vomiting (qay'). pustule (bathr) in the mouth. Tooth-powder (sanu'n) given disinfecting power by the addition of tar is mentioned.e. Chapter 117 : On the Stomach. e.g. Chapter IO9 : On their Treatment. Chapter 113: On the Diseases of Chest (4adr) and Voice (yazwt). Chapter 112: On their Treatment. Among other remedies we meet unslaked lime (hils ghair ma. Uromastix lizard which has neither hair nor teeth !). DISCOURSE V. Many Persian drugs and animal remedies. Chapter II4: Their Treatment. spasm. 7rA-qy') and facial Paralysis (laqwa). Contortion (wuthd) and their Treatment. Chapter I07: On Plegia (fdlzj. slackening of the gums (istirkha' al-luththa). DISCOURSE IV. Chapter II0 : On the Throat (zalq) and the Uvula (lahdh). Disturbance of speech by polypes (kathir al-arjul) and falling out of the central incisors (thandya).tfi').e. Superstitious remedies are not Missing. hiccough (fawadq). Teeth and Ozaena (bakhr).iq an-nafs) and Asthma (rabw). Chapter Io6: On Tremor (irti'dsh). Chapter 02o: On the Mouth. Chapter iii : On the Symptoms of the Diseases of the Throat. turmeric) is to be noticed. canine appetite (shahwa kalbiyya). Its diseases are : loss of appetite. such as earth-worms. perversion (qabh) of appetite (coal. and spasm of the tongue (tashannujal-lisan). Chapter Io4: On the Symptoms of Spasm and Shivering. tumours . Chapter II5 : On Shortness of Breath ((.TABARI S (( PARADISE OF WISDOM)) 25 zard-jubaq (Persian: zard-chuzb. Chapter I03: On Spasm (tashannuj) and Shivering (kazaz). Chapter I05: On the Treatment of Spasm and Shivering. suspending at the neck a hyaena's tooth or hairs (to be read dab' instead of dabb.

and on Cough (su'dl). Chapter I31 : On the Symptoms of the Diseases of the Lungs and their Prognosis (taqdimat al-ma'rifa). Chapter I128: On the Diseases of the Heart. Chapter 127: On the Treatment of Dropsy. and ulcers (qurulh). Chapter I23 : On the Diseases of the Liver (kabid) : Obstructions. digestive and expulsive powers (according to GALEN). DISCOURSE VII. Many Persian and Syriac names of remedies. such as the potion of THEODORETUS and the UTO[%oaXLKI?V. (mountain-balm. swoon (ghashy) etc. Chapter I21 : On the Treatment of Hiccough. (sudud). and a remedy of the Author's invention. and Persian ones such as faranj-mushk (Ocimum pilosum. a kind of basil) (see chapter 242). Chapter I26: On the Treatment of the Diseases of the Liver. Chapter I32 : On the Treatment of [diseases of] the Lungs. retentive. -weakness. Chapter 129: On the Symptoms and Treatment of Heartdiseases. Chapter ii 8 :. The diseases are not well defined. their Symptoms and Treatment. Chapter I24: On the Symptoms of the Diseases of the Liver. Chapter iI9: On the Treatment of Stomach [troubles] and Phthisis (sill). Among the remedies are Greek ones. These are the attracting. remarkable are raisins from Ta'if (in Arabia) or Gushmha (?) near Merw (Eastern Persia). L. atony (istirkha). Chapter 130: On the Diseases of the Lungs. .). tumours. Chapter Is2: On the Treatment of the four Faculties and their Conservation. Abscess near the diaphragm (zjadb) and expectoration of its pus through the gullet (hulqum). DISCOURSE Vil . diarrhoea (istitldq). Mostly drugs known to Galen and Dioscurides. On the Symptoms of the Diseases of the Stomach and Stomachache (dubaila).26 MAX MEYERHOF obstructions (awradm). throbbing (khafaqdn). Chapter I 20: On persistent Vomiting and its Treatment. abscess. Chapter 125 : On Dropsy (istisqad or ma' asfar). sclerosis and dropsy. Physiology of the heart and some anatomical remarks on the valves found by GALEN in the hearts of apes and cocks. and baddranj-b4ya. Melissa offic.

Chapter 144: HIPPOCRATES'Sayings on this Matter. IX. squill ('unsullan. i. Chapter I33: On the Treatment of Cough. the Author found it useful.i. masha ad-damm).e. raven's dung and the stones from sponges (isfanja). Chapter 145: On the Treatment of Diarrhoea and Loss of Blood. Chapter I36: On the Treatment of Expectoration of Blood.e. Chapter I38 : On the Symptoms of Gall-diseases. Chapter I43: Their Symptoms. Chapter I40: On the Spleen (tuhdl). For cough in children a superstitious remedy is named. Other names for dysentery (zahir or dhUsantdriya'). and.e. Extracted from the Aphorisms. the in use in the.) and narsiydn-ddruz. al-am'd'). Lientery is mentioned (zulq al-am'd'). The spleen is the ((house of the yellow gall )).e. as a diuretic. Shepherd's crook. Chapter I34: On Expectoration of Blood (nafth ad-damm). ChapterI37: On the Gall (mirdra) and Jaundice (yaraqdn). Chapter I39: Their Treatment.Persian ones: sifistadn (27) i. Orient-is A superstitious remedy-still suspending of a yellow glass-bead. moreover Persian drug names. On the Symptoms of superior and inferior Chapter I35 Hemorrhages. Scilla maritima L. and loss of blood (khur2j addamm.). Diarrhoea (istitldq) and Dysentery (sahj). Chapter I4I: The Treatment. meat or fowl cooked with vinegar. the ((jaundice-bead)). There is . round the neck. Other noticeable names of remedies are: astarak = storax and halbanatha(Syriac) galbanum. such as white lily (rdziqa) and barberry (zirishk jabalf). Pain in the chest is mentioned under the name of shawsa. Many animal remedies in the form of a good description of phthisis. ulcer of the bowels (qarh. . (27) Spelt in other passages sipistdn or sibistdn. DISCOuYRSE ChapterI42: On the Diseases of the Bowels (am'd). sebestens (Cordia Myxa L.TABARi'S (( PARADISE OF WISDOM )) 27 Among the remedies are. i.

kawkaba (&oTr-p. Proglottides). The name for colic is qawlanj. This chapter is long and full of curious recipes. i. Sarcostemma viminale (? qa. (OtAc6vetov). etc. The remedies for worms do not contain any efficacious drug. tumour (waram). compound of five drugs (see fanjanush in the glossary). asqanqur). Chapter I47: Chapter I48: On the Treatment of the Colon. relaxation (istirkhad). corrosion (dkla). The ileus bears its Greek name Zildzs (E:'iAEosj.e. seven lily-roots and seven sparrow's eggs. Ulcer (qarha). consists of the testicles of seven cocks. oil of the skink-lizard (Scincus officinalis. Chapter 152: On the Diseases of the Bladder.g. One e. Worms (diddn) and Tape-Worms (habb al-qar'. Chapter I50: Their Symptoms. the brains of seven ducks. ischury (asr. ((a kind of white soup made from curds to which they add meat and spinach)). Satyriasis (kithrat al-intishar). Diet with blanquette (isfad-bdgh) (28) and mutton. Among the recipes again occur the Greco-Syriac names falhniyad (aOavaarla. name of a remedy) which are to be noted. Burnt papyrus and superstitious remedies are cited. eggs of seven crawfishes. stone (asad). Chapter I 55: On the Diseases of the Penis (ilIYl). obstruction (sudud) by stone (kasd) or a thick fluxion (rzh ghalaz). i. Chapter I5I : On the Treatment of Cold (bard) in the Kidneys. Chapter I56: Their Treatment. KdAAa). large intestine) and the Causes by which the Superfluities are retained in the Organs. Chapter I 53: Their Symptoms.e. and Aphrodisiac Remedies. wild onion (isqil. husr al-bawl). Chapter 149: On the Diseases of the Kidneys. Description of a halfsuperstitious remedy composed of roasted scorpions. spermatorrhoea (khurij almanna) and aspermatism (qillat al-manna). . On the Symptom of Pain in the Colon. (28) Safzd-ba is. star) and dthd'nadszya ((immortality )).28 MAX MEYERHOF Chapter I46 : On the Colon (quzlzTn. according to the Persian dictionaries.daban al-'a]jall). chickens and sparrows. Chapter I54: Their Treatment. that for flatulence riyah. Stillicidium (taqtzr al-bawl). The name fandddaquzn may be 1-TEVTra'IOV.

civet's dung (khurw as-sinnawr).e. among others the writing of amulets in Syriac from the Psalms of David (Psalm I42. i. Chapter i68: On the Treatment of Blood Fever.e. i. hai. manv Greek and Syrian compound remedies and a great many superstitious practices. avvoXos-. strangulation (ikhtinaq). On the Symptoms of Hectic Fever. amenorrhoea (i4tibds al. I8). the prognosis is bad.). A sub-title of this chapter is : On Hernia (adara) and Hydrocele (rzh al-khusiyya). continuous). Chapter i65. One of HiPPOCRATES' observations is related. X.da).e. sterility from another cause). Chapter i 62: On the Cause of the dfzmarus (VbIEpos. Chapter 157: On the Diseases of the Anus (muq'ada) and Fistula (na'sur) and their Treatment. Chapter i66: On the Treatment of Hectic Fever and on Phthisis (sill). Amongst other causes phthisis is mentioned. bulbus (the Greek /30Afos'. . corruption of the temperaments (fasdd al-mizajdt)a Chapter I59: Their Symptoms. i. i. Chapter I63 : On the Causes of the nine species of Ephemeral Fever and its Treatment.). tumours (awradm). with arsenic).da). Muscari moschatum Desf. Among the drugs are Greek and Nabathaean resin ('ilk alArwdm wa'l Anbdt. If there is drum belly. V. Among the remedies I noticed depilatory (nu'ra. potash (qild). loss of sperm (izldq az-zar'. One Day (ephemeral) Fever (kummd yawm). Chapter 167: On the Synochos (szindkhuzs. DISCOURSE Chapter I6I: On the Kinds of Fevers (kummaydt).e. and Persian names.probably colchicum or the emetic onion. These are barrenness ('uqm). Chapter 158: On the Diseases of the Uterus (raham).TABARi'S ( PARADISE OF WISDOM 29 The tablet (qursa) of Androclus (to be read Andromachus) is mentioned among the compound remedies. Kcir-Kcos9). Chapter I64: On the Cause of Hectic Fever (aqtiquzs. the Blood-Fever ( aummd damm). mastic and turpentine). dysmenorrhoea (nazaf damm al-hai. Chapter i 6o: Their Treatment and on the Facilitation of Child-birth.

of Fevers. their Symptoms and Treatment. perhaps from the pseudoHippocratic De septimanis. Chapter I84: On Chapters from HIPPOCRATES the Sage's Book of Prognostics. Chapter I76: Its Symptoms. Quotations on the number seven.uptvos. i. . its Symptoms and Treatment. Chapter I77: Its Treatment. i. Sirius). Chapter 173: Its Symptoms. A description of some symptoms of smallpox in two lines only. Chapter I83: On Crises (buhranat).uir'k. Chapter I 7I : Its Treatment. Chapter i8o: On Pleurisy (shawsa wa dhdt al-janb). The Author does not know the Arabic term (shatr al-ghibb) for this semitertian fever. Ague (hummd ghibb). the Difference of their Times and the Cause of the Cold of the Fingers.e. Chapter I70: Its Symptoms. Chapter 178: On r1wUTpTraZos and the other compound Fevers and their Treatment. Chapter i82: On the Causes of Swoon (ghashy). Sweat ('araq). their Symptoms and Treatment. frequently attacking young people and prevalent during the Dog-Days (the star al-Kalb or Shi'rad i. Chapter I74: Its Treatment. Vomit (qay'). Discussion of the different acute diseases which are associated with fever. followed by many recipes.e. a combination of tertian and quartan fever (fevers with four or five days' interval).e.30 MAX MEYERHOF to be read anfzmdChapter I69: On a. Chapter 179: On the Causes of the Course (dawr). rib'). the Quartan Ague (4ummd Chapter 175: On TETap-ralcog. Chapter i8i: On Erysipelas (humra) and Smallpox (jadara). quotidian fever. i. the Tertian Chapter I 72: On the Cause of the '-pc-raZos'. the mucous fever which returns every day.e.(anfarsyadq2us rnu's). A more severe form of it is the Kavkaos'(in the text mutilated qawqus) or burning fever.

erysipelas. Some kinds of it are called leontiasis (dd' al-asad) and elephantiasis (dd' al-fzl). Eczema (qubab) and Excoriation (sa'fa). dry eczema (raty (29) or qawadbzydbisa). as an emollient. Gangrene (dkla).Gangrene (dkla). Chapter 193 : Their Symptoms. Chapter i86: On the Signs of Death and on Symptoms intermediate between Favourable and Unfavourable. wart (tha'lil).TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) 3I Chapter I85: On Favourable Symptoms in Disease. and. Some superstitious remedies are mentioned. Chapter I9I : Treatment of these Diseases. powder of sulphur and mercury is recommended. Articulations (mafdsil). Chapter I92: On Tumours (or Swellings. and Contusion (sadma). Chapter 194: On the Treatment of Tumours (Swellings). Chapter 187: On Pain in the Hip-bones (wirkdn). Chapter I 89: On Leprosy (judhdam) and its Treatment. pissasphalt (muzmiyad'). is explained by the Author himself. Scrophula (khanadzir). Combustion (hirq an-nar). it is doubtful whether he follows his (29) This term. xanthelasma (kalaf) and blotch (shard). and contagious like small-pox and scab. Sciatica ('irq an-nisa) and Gout (niqris). Chapter I95: On the Treatment of Abscess (khuradj). He quotes GALEN'S ((Anatomy )). . Chapter I96: On Dissection (batt) and Anatomy (tashrih). awram): Cancer. missing from all the dictionaries. The author gives in the next few chapters a short and rather poor record of the most important anatomical features. This disease is hereditary through contagion of the sperm. For eczema.lice (qami). DISCOURSE XI. For certain hard tumo-urs excision is recommended. dandruff (bahaq). Other skin-diseases mentioned in this chapter are scab (jarab). abscesses. Quotation from HIPPOCRATES' Epidemic Diseases and narration of his pretended preventive measures against plague. (30) Missing from the dictionaries. Itch (iikka). Prickly Heat (hasaf). Bruises (hashm) (30) and Plague-boils (tawad'in). Chapter I90: On Vitiligo (baras). Among the remedies is sulphurated water.

its Application and Aims. Chapter 2o6: On the Differences of the Pulse in every Age and Land.daldt). Another name for the urine-vessel is qdru'ra. about 850 A. Chapter 203: On the Rules (qdnuzn. Chapter 2II : On the Indications afforded by the thin (Urine) of different Colouring. MEYERHOF. Chapter zo8: On the Pulses in Diseases. New Light on BIunain b. in H UNAIN'S Syriac translationi. Chapter 198: On the Number of Nerves (a'sab). Chapter 2IO: On the thin white and the thick white Urine. VIII (1926). Chapter 209 : From the Books of learned Authors on the Urine (bawl). Chapter 20I : On the Situation of the Blood-vessels and the Value of opening each. Chapter 207: On the Pulse during Sleep. 693. No distinction between arteries and veins is mentioned DISCOURSE XII. Chapter 2I2: Indications of thick (Urine) and its Colours. (22) This is more likely to be a mis-spelling . Chapter zoo: On Bleeding (fasd. 2I. Ish. Chapter 197: On the Number of Muscles ('a. KaCvwv) of Purgation (is-hdl). Phlebotomy). The systolic throbbing of the pulse is called nabd.32 MAX MEYERHOF great Anatomicae Administrationes which existed. Isis. Chapter 213: On the oily Colour. but not yet in HUBAISH'S Arabic version (31). no. ARCHELAOS (32) is quoted. Chapter 205 : On the Pulse (majassa). Chapter 204: On Baths. p. from the Books of GALEN and ARCHIGENES (Arshajan's).D. Hunger and and his Period. Waking. Chapter 1 99: On the Number of Bloodvessels ('uruzq). Chapter 214: On the Deposit (qa'im) in the Middle of the Vessel (and').. for ARCiIGENES. Chapter zoz: On Cupping (4ijdma). one of them is probably MAGNES OF EMESA who wrote a famous book on urine. These authors are not quoted. (3 I) See M.

dryness and moisture. No attempt at optical explanation. The next chapters contain the names of hundreds of aliments and drugs. the sandy (ramli) and the foetid (muntin) Sediment. Chapter 2i8: On the gruel-like (sawzq').g.TABARI'S (( PARADISE OF WISDOM )) 33 Chapter 2I5: On the Sediments (rawdsib. (p. Aliments and remedies are meant. De simpl. the author probably means the formation of a thin film on the surface of the urine. one DISCOURSE. Chapter 2I7: On the bran-like (nakhdfl) Sediment. and parched grain (sawtq). (p. Chapter227: On mineral Substances. I intend to give only those which are rare or of special interest. Chapter 2i6: On the Sheets (safd'ih. etc. safszha). Combustion. the products of grain are enumerated. Facult.but attribution of the colours to heat (burning coal). Chapter225: On the Causes of Melting. barley. 3 . Chapter2I9: Some Quotationsfrom the Sayings of the learned Sage GALEN. Chapter 220: On the specific Properties (khawdss) of the Things. Chapter 222: On the Action of each Flavour in the Body. rtz) and their Causes. Med. vermicelli (itriyya). Sing. Thickening. Probably from PSEUDOARISTOTLE. 374-500). DISCOURSE I. Pumpkin (qar') and Cucumber (khiydr). pounded grain (harisa). Chapter 223: On the Smell-scents (ard'ih. PART VI. PART V. baql). e. Chapter230: On Vegetables (buqul. 355-373). rdsib). Chapter229: On Corn-seeds (hubub). jdwrish). The description is not clear.Sing. Trees and Fruits. Chapter 221: On the Numbers of Flavours. Following GALEN. Chapter 228: On the Causes of Plants. Besides wheat. groats (jdwris. Sing. Sing. Consolidation. Splitting and Breaking. cold. Chapter 224: On the Causes of Colours. Chapter226: On the Causes of Drying. their Causes and Faculties. Quotation from HIPPOCRATES' De Natura Puers. Putrefaction and the like.

The red wine is said to form blood. (34) Arabic 'aSaerat). tamarind (tamrhindt). Chapter 232: On the Faculties of Meats. Sarmaj is a synonym for Persiansarmaq or Arabicqataf. Melissa officinalis).). (33) In the text misspelt md'mdht.) and the Persian name ra'sanfor elecampane L. (Persian afshurajeit. (34) In the text falsely spelt aqsharajdt. Wine as a medium for drugs. Chapter 237: On the Faculties of Fruit-juices. Sugar-cane (qasab as-sukar) and the pith of palm-trees (jummar) are enumeratedas fruit-aliments. MIASARJAWAIH. probably from Greek Kcwvia. root (ushturghdz) and resin (hiltzt) of Asafoetida! The name kdsham refers to a kind of lovage (Levisticum). chate Naud. Chapter 23z3 On the Faculties of Milk and Cheese. murabbaydt. the Persian-Jewishphysician (Inula Helenium of the VIIIth century. quniya. Special mention of the two Cyprinus-carpsshabbutand bunn2 (bunnadj)and the eel mar-mdhi(33). as a name for ((the long kind of melon)) (bikttkh.kharddana-ruzya. Dihn al-khwri(Persian) is the oil of yellow gillyflower-seeds (CheiranthusCheiri L. Chapter 240: On the Faculties of Sweetmeats. Chapter 235: On the Faculties of Oils (ad-han). sebestens (sibistan. Several of them are such as were unknown to the Greeks. Chapter238: On Confections(Ar. bddranj-buya a Persian name common balm. Persian anbajdt). Chapter 24I: On Salts and Spices (abdzera).). Among the latter are the leaves (anjuddn). Chapter 23I: On the Faculties of Fruits. .34 MAX MEYERHOF Worthy of mention are the Syriac name for the wild endive (Persian for or succory talakhshaquq. i.(Taraxacum).e. for which no explanationis to be found in the dictionaries. is quoted. Many kinds of mammals and birds and their organs are mentioned. Chapter 236: On the Faculties of Wines.fruit of CordiaMyxa L) and cocoa-nut (jawz hindt).probably Cucumis melo var. astringent wine is good for diarrhoea.g. Enumeration of 27 kinds. Chapter239: On Vinegar (khall) and Vinegar-sauces (kawa mikh). orach (Atriplex hortensisL.). e. Chapter 234: On the Faculties of Fish.

falanja.Alpinia Persiannames. are very long.). i. More than 40 kinds. This is a drug which. it is said to be the root of Centaurea L. The names are partly Greek. ?) . HONIGBERGER.). . TeucriumChamaedrys For wild thyme (4dshd) the author gives the synonym hasa (a popular name ?). follow about After quotations from GALENand DIOSCURIDES 8o drugs with their chief healing properties. the kinds of basil sha-isfaram (Ocimum minimumL. curved and rugged root. thick. About 30 specimens.fur or 'u. pilosum (Ocimum BasilicumL. Chapter 244: On Garments and Furs. SCHWEINFURTH. The name anjurakis the Persian diminutive for anjura (nettle). Chapter 243: On perfumed Aromatics (afdwiyyat at-tab). Chapter 245: On Simple Remedies and Drugs ('aqdqzr). red lichen and white rapontic (35) has not yet been identified for certain. London. many of them bearing Persian names. It is a white. who (3 5) According to DR.. khosraw-ddr2 Hance). Several of the following chapters. Thirty-five Years in the East.) andfararij-mushk bddruj(Ocimumn L. 40I) is a copyist's blunder for kamddaryu's kamdkhartus L. II. So. p. DISCOURSEII. 378.)) OF WISDOM (( PARADISE TABARi'S 35 Chapter242: On the Faculties of AromaticPlants. probably Calamus aromaticus(sweet flag). is the Greek xatzal8pvg(germander.). is sold cut in pieces and is used for strengthening women after child-birth. Some comments are necessary: which (p.far is probably an uncommon name for 'u. But it was G. or of Statice Limonium deserves a moment's attention. red and white bahman. The name mughdth cerinthifolia Sibth.g. A French physician made it an article of commerce about the middle of the XIXth century. until recently. I852.e. and qasabfdrisi officinarum (((Persian cane ))). a kind of cubebs. VOl. some of them bearing unknown or rare (the lesser galangal. on the contrary. just as they remained in the Arabic pharmacologyup to our period.g. mu'a. (rayd4in).the great explorer and botanist. or a kind of Zizyphora). e.ffur. So. safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L. although it is sold in all the drugbazaarsof the Near East. e. (see chapter 129). had never been identified. buazaanis a salep-root (kind of orchis Orchis Morio L. Persian and Syriac. A very short chapter of seven lines only..

in Arabic. naphtha and the like. The author gives for mastic the name kiyya (from Chios) The substances ((extracted from the earth)) are resins such as asphalt. the seeds of which are ordinarily called mdhub -ddna or. rubuib) or inspissated juices of fruits. nahri (crawfish) the ear-stones (otoliths) of which were and are used in Oriental medicine. Al-jawz-marak is an unusual name which the author explains as ccthe fruit of the tamarisk (tarfd) resembling gall )).e. Possibly meerschaum is meant. Chapter 247: On Shells (asddf). In the same chapter follows a section on robs (rub. pitch. Its flower is known by the name of Revalenta arabica (36). Chapter 249 : On the Rectification and Preservation of Remedies.e. The Persian name zarrin-dirakht (i.e. (36) A. otherwise called in Persian kazmazak. Smoke.36 MAX MEYERHOF determined its true nature. xa4p-rr). the other ccthe stone which attracts paper and resembles the zabad al-bahr) (i. DucRos (Essai sur le droguier arabe etc. 127) erroneously attributes this root to the wild pomegranate (Punica silvestris Tourn. On the Properties of Earth and of Terra Chapter 248: sigillata. as a matter of fact. or the cuttle-fish-bone. For -gypsum occur the names jibs and jass. I28I) a Syriac name for a kind of knot-grass (Polygonum) called in Arabic 'asa ar-ra'i (i. The Persian name shabab bahra seems to stand for the caper-spurge (Euphorbia Lathyris L.e. not the fruit but a gall growing on tamarisks. aAKvOvtov. H. Chapter 246: On Resins (pumz2gh) and Substances which are extracted from the Earth. a sterculiacea growing in the mountains on the Irako-Persian frontier east of Baghdad. Two stones deserve mention : one of them called saratan hindz (i. it is the root of Glossostemon Bruguieri D. according to IBN AL-BAITAR (No. mineral Substances. it is. Le Caire 1930.C. shepherd's stick).). p. it is.). ccfoam of the sea )). printed in the text. Ash and Vitriol (zadj). zanbaq (cciris ) is a thrice repeated misprint for zaibaq (mercury) which is recommended for skin-diseases.. ((golden tree ))) designates the orangetree. ((Indian crab ))) is probably a false reading for s. . Papyrus is used as a fresh plant (bardi) and in the form The name shabat[ata is misof burnt paper (qirtas. Hal- cyonium of the Greeks). habb al-mulMk.

Chapter 250: On the Properties and the Rectification of purging Remedies. Chapter 268: Idem of Foxes. Chapter 255 Idem of Asses. Chapter 260: Idem of Camels. Chapter 26i: Idem of Stags (or Ibexes. Chapter 267: Idem of Bears (dibaba). Chapter 269: On Rats. Chapter 258: Idem of Pigs. All the other drugs bear well-known names which are to be found in IBN AL-BAITAR'S ((Book of simple Remedies )). Chapter 253 Idem of Mules. Chapter 274: On Geese. Chapter 276: On the Eggs and Parts of Cranes (or Storks. laqlaq). A long chapter discussing the qualities of 47 drugs. Chapter 257: Idem of Goats. Chapter 252 On the Utility of the Parts of Horses. Chapter 275: On Pigeons. heath-cocks (durraj) and wild (ring-) doves (warashin). DISCOURSE IV. Chapter 262: Idem of Lions. Chapter 254: Idem of Cows. Chapter 270 : On Weasels (ibn 'irs). Chapter 273 : On Hens and Cocks. Turtle-doves (shifntn). balm-gentle. Chapter 263: Idem of Elephants. Chapter 271 : On Hares (or Rabbits). Chapter 277: On the Crow (ghlurdb). Chapter 266: Idem of Hyaenas. Chapter 264: Idem of Leopards. Chapter 265: Idem of Wolves. iyyal). Chapter 25 I: On Man. The Persian term turunj may designate citron or be a bad reading for turunadn.TABARI'S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) 37 DISCOURSE III. . Chapter 259: Idem of Dogs. Medical properties of the organs and excretions of man. Chapter 256: Idem of the Ram and Ewe. Chapter 272: On the Hedgehog (qunfudh).

Discussion of various poisonous things. 449-67). Chapter 295: On Compound Remedies and Theriacs.38 MAX MEYERHOF Chapter 278 On the Partridge (hajal). It is full of interesting prescriptions and partly mutilated names of remedies and physicians. Chapter 289: On Spiders. Chapter 282: On Flies and Locusts. On Milk and Cheese. spurge. Chapter 290: Description of the Properties of the Gravy of Meat. and many recipes. II. DISCOURSE VI. 'asdfir) and Sparrows (suiddniyat). I 908. The author states that. Chapter 294 On the Symptoms and Treatment of Poison[ing]. the bite of mad dogs and the like. Chapter 283: On the Use of Castoreumn (jund-bidastar). DISCOURSE V. in the mountains of his country (TabaristAn). Tortoise (sulhafd) and Skink-(lizard) (isqanqur). . This is the longest chapter in the book. London and Bombay. cashew-nuts. Chapter 281i On the Utility of the Bat (khuffdsh). Tripe (infaizdt) and Feet (ki'ab). Ants and the long Worms which are found beneath Jars and Rubbish-heaps (Rainworms). the sting of scorpions. ((hot)) poisons like monk's hood. The globule (qurs) (37) The harmless gecko-lizard has always been and still is considered by Orientals to be poisonous and possessed by the evil eye. p. Chapter 284: On the Crawfish (saratadn nahri). he again gives superstitious practices for the prevention of bites of mad animals. Chapter 280 On Falcons (bazi). Chapter 293 On Poisons. 23. Swallow (khuttaf). Chapter 286: On Frogs and Leeches. As to his medical qualities see AD-DAMIRI's Zoological Lexicon. JAYAKAR vol. Chapter 288: On Scorpions and Geckos (samm abras) (37). foxes and rats are frequently hydrophobic. Chapter 291 Chapter 292: On Curds and Whey. Bustard (4ubdrd) and Hoopoe (hud-hud). comprising i8 pages (p. Chapter 285: On Glue (ghirad) and Water of Fishes. ed. Chapter 287 : On the Use of Vipers (afd'i) and Sloughs of Snakes (silkh al-hayya). Chapter 279 On small Birds (in general. Grease.

e. Syriac names occurring are the kawkebad the sajznad recommanded (cc star )). e. Persian).) (37a) IjUNAIN's teacher and the Author's contemporary.e. qassimitha.TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) 39 of ((Androchoron)) (Andromach ?). fanjanu'sh (panj nosh. another prescription by a certain SAL1M AN-NAKARAWI. Confection of Mulberries (rubb tut) and the like. a compound potion). or.e. by YAHYA BAR MASAWAIH (d. Again many Greek names: GALEN'S IHabbQuqaqdjd is a curious tautological name. Literaturzeitung. as habb in Arabic and KOKKca in Greek designate grains or pills. (38) The spelling of BROCKELMANN. sunun2thad(38) or. alkha[tdZf. i. see chapter 90). HIabbal-Bimaristan are ((Hospital Pills )). the old Persian Medical School. (dawadQaisar). the shalithad. p. a Dabzd (electuary. Wines (ashriba). Oxymel (sikanjabzn. and the Metroditos. the ((great Theodoretus (Dorotheus ? Theodotian ?) remedy)). At the end of this chapter the Author communicates a preparation of maisusan invented by his father (SAHL RABBAN). a bitter laxative. Persian term) of Anacardia (Arabic balddhur. ((Lily-Wine)) (maisu'san. I929. a (( Caesarian remedy)) i. a complicated prescription which it requires no less than six months to concoct. the Ayacrz'j Fzqrad. The dahamzirta is met with in the same dictionary p. in Persian. another after the Khosraws (al-Akdsira. the Arabic name for Khosraw).g. Chapter 296: On Compound Purging Remedies. . however. Mithridates) are evidently antidotes of Greek origin. 844a. Chapter 298: On sweet Medicines (jawdrish). Chapter 299: On Confections (rubuzb).e. the dakhmurtad. Shahriyarz. must be mentioned. Persian and Greek falzlniyad(Philonium. Persian. i. Juice of Quinces (maiba.e. 871-3. the Athanasia. Lexicon Syriacum (Halle I928) is. i. from Kisrad. ((the Swallows)) for sore throats. cashewnut). (i. Some of them are called after Persian kings. made up of five remedies). A remedy of the above-mentioned Jewish Physician MASARJAWAIH and an electuary 'atAyat Alldh (God's Gift). one. (37a) These three names which are missing from the Arabic dictionaries have been explained by HERMANN LEHMANN in Orientalist.D. in Arabic. Persian). Chapter 297 On Tablets or Globules (qurs). GALEN'S 'epa' 7rtKpa. perhaps derived from the famous bzmaristan (hospital) at Gondeshapuir. Chapter 300: On Oils (ad-hadn). 857 A.

Chapter 303 HIPPOCRATES. but because it contains a series of allusions to political events which occurred in the Author's young years. Chapter 3 IO: On Winds and their Periods. and on the Indications which they afford concerning Health and Disease. Milch-camels (liqdk). Chapter 30I: On the Drinking of the Milk of She-asses (utun). Chapter 307: On the Seas and on the Cause of the perpetual Streaming of the Rivers. Again several Greek names. Waters and Places. Chapter 302: On Unguents (marhamadt). a Basilicum-unguent. This chapter is important not in the sense intended by the Author. Chapter 305: On Waters and their Faculties. On Places. Chapter 308: On the Soils and the Colour and Character of those who live on them. Following Chapter 304: On Towns and the Conditions of (in which) their Inhabitants (live). Chapter 306: On the Cause of the Saltiness and Coldness of the Waters. Chapter 3II: On the Seasons and their mutual Relations. extracted from ARISTOTLE'S Sayings. Unhappily he avoids giving names-with the exception of that of the caliph .40 MAX MEYERHOF Compound oily extracts of different plants. On Signs in the Air pointing to coming Chapter 3I 2 Events. and an unguent for scrophula from the author's own experience. PART VII. Goats. DISCOURSE I. All the preceding chapters follow HIPPOCRATES' Airs. Chapter 309: On Airs (Climates) and their influence on the Body. A superstitious practice is described at the end of the chapter. Waters and Winds. moreover an ((Unguent of the Prophets ). An unguent invented by (the Arab warrior and poet) ABU MIHJAN for wounds is described and another one which is said to have been applied by SHIRIN the queen of King KHOSRAW. churned Milk (makhkd) and the like.

A more detailed study of this chapter will appear in the near future (M. A careful study of the history of Tabaristin in connection with 'ALI B.D. Here ends the excellent Berlin MS. RABBAN'S allusions will perhaps make it possible to throw still more light on the darkness surrounding the time in which he lived. 4). and by mentioning that even animals know the salutary action of certain plants. 9. plants anf minerals. 'Ali ibn Rabban at. only. Jahrhunderts n.((PARADISE TABARf'S OF WISDOM )) 4I HARUN (AL-WATHIQ 842-847 A. and on Things which are influenced one by another.) (39)-probably because the kings and princes concerned were mostly Persians. The last 47 chapters have been edited according to the four more recent MSS. as they are like bats and owls to whom the light of the sun is blindfolding and not salutary)). Zoroastrians and rebels against the authority of the caliphs. He then arguesagainstthe despisersof medical knowledge by citing a great number of efficacious remedies. In Zeitschr. II. 'ALI mentions (p. Quotations from the Book of Agriculture (see p. Gesellschaft. Those who speak this do not deserve an answer or a requital. I931). pretending that there is in the things neither utility nor noxiousness to the bodies and to mankind. and by enumerating many alleged specific properties of animals. Chapter 3 I 5: On the Properties of Things overcoming the Strenghth of Fire and Ice. MEYERHOF. p. 38-68. The main interest of these chapters concerns folk-lore.Tabari. . and a red-haired youth who did not (39) See my correction of the editor's errors in the Introduction. In the following chapters he continues his refutation in a less convincing manner by quoting a great number of popular observations and beliefs. ein persischer Arzt des IX. Deutschen Morgenldnd. d. Chr. DISCOURSE Chapter 314: The Refutation of the Opinion of those who underrate Medicine. Chapter 313: On the Signs of Animals pointing to coming Events. 525) that he saw at Samarra a Negro who ate snakes and scorpions. The Author begins: ((Some writers of our time have been led by self-conceit and ignoranceof their personal worth to depreciate Medicine. IO.

the Sea. and that the Creator moves them without being moved Himself. Chapter 320: On the Succession of the Spheres and their Contents and on the Difference in their Revolution. from MeteorGALEN'S commentaryon that book and from ARISTOTLE'S ology. but. Mostly extracted from the ((Book of Agriculture )). Chapter322: On the spheric Form of the Spheres. the Arguments for it and the Refutation of the Opinion of those who contradict it. At the end 'ALI gives the Persian names of the months. Chapter 3I7: On strange Things concerning the Nature of Animals. Waters and Places. (4I) See notes 4 and 5 to the Introduction to this study. some of them taken from GALEN'S own experiences. Chapter 324: Refutation of the Opinion of those who deny that these Spheres and the Natures (i. The Author gives an extract from Indian philosophical and medical theory and practice. Chapter32I: On the Movement of the Planets and their Light. Chapter 325: On the Origin of Medicine. 36 chapters (4I). Chapter3I9: On the Eternity of the Spheres and the Luminous Bodies and their Creation.the scorpions died after having stung him ! Chapter 3 I6: On the specific Qualities (khawa'ss) of some Plants which change one anotheror act as Antidotes to one another.42 MAX MEYERHOF suffer from the sting of scorpions. Chapter323: On the Distances of the Planets and their Volume. DISCOURSEII. their Vastness. Quotations from HIPPOCRATES' Airs.e. which is partly in agreement. on the contrary. DISCOURSE IV: From the Summaries of Indian Books. . the Earth. natural Features) are limited (40). About I6 stories of doctors and patients. c boundless ). Waters and some Trees. He leaves the estimate as to (40) A mistake in the text. partly at variance with Greek science. Chapter3I8: On Curiositiesabout Physiciansand some of their Tricks. All this following Ptolemy.

JOLLY. I. a legendary king of Benares and an expert on medical science. (pediatry). . mal. the books of CHARAKA (Arabic: Jarak). 80 the spiritual medicine. (Strassburg 1901). to GEORGE SARTON'S Introduction to the History of Science. 1845). Chapter 326: On the Parts of Medicine. These are eight in number: Io the medicine of children.TABARI S (( PARADISEOF WISDOM)) 43 which is right to the reader. this being the art of expelling bad spirits by charms (ruqad)(43). PP. SUSHRUTA the Nidana (Arabic: Niddin). On the other hand their contents are in full accordance with our actual knowledge of old Indian Medicine. Necessity of exercising the different (42) Probably a mutilation of Dhanvantari. MUJLLER'S essay ((Arabic sources on Indian Medicine)) (Zeitschr. Important is. After a short cosmology the Author says that according to Sushruta. and 537. P. 284.. according to CHARAKA. to T. vol. Deutsch. Commentary on the Hindu System of Medicine (Calcutta. Bodily and moral purity are indispensable. Most of the 36 chapters on Indian Medicine are very short. 50 the medicine of the theriac (treatment of poisoning). and. A. Chapter 328: On the right Estimate of Treatment and on the Avoidance of Hurry in it. pp. 30 the medicine of the body (general medicine).i. HOERULE. as concerns the literature. 70 the rejuvenating. 1907). Part I. vol. (Calcutta 1913). the art of phlebotomy. to J. WISE. The Surgical Instruments of the Hindus. as concerns the contents. and the Ashtafigahradaya (Arabic Ashtdnqahrada).jv4Aq): ophthalmology. 465-556). I3.e. Gesellsch. Studies in the Medicine of Ancient India. Introduction. Chapter 327: On the Qualities required by the Student of Medicine. Indische Medizin. 76 foll. I880. 34. So I will refer. (43) See the eight parts of Medicine enumerated by JOLLY. 20 the medicine of the style (for collyrium. the medical science was introduced by DAHMITRA (42) who received it fromn Brahman (BRAHMA). to R. 60 the medicine of sexual things. (Oxford. moreover. (Washington 1927). A.e. SUSHRUTA and ATREYA. He extracted his summary from (Arabic: Susrud). The following chapters are extracted from SUSHRUTA. and to G. Morgenldnd. 40 the medicine of the lancet (tibb mibda'a). MUKHOPADHYAYA. i. 480 foll.

Jolly. wind. . flesh. The origin of life is the awj or blood-drops in the centre of the heart (44). flesh from blood. Chapter 331 : On the Action of these three Humours when they increase or diminish.44 MAX MEYERHOF surgical interventions (probing. Procreation results from the union of the male sperm and the female menstrual blood. Four kinds of generation : from the uterus (mankind and mammals).) on plants or dead bodies of animals. P.) follows a short explanation of the three fundamental humours of the body. exactly as described by Jolly. p. fishes). brain.. bone. 37) as ozah. etc.e. the seven essential constituents (chyle. All kinds of diseases are provoked by this. from the egg (birds. e. sperm) dhadtu. cutting. Chapter 333: On the Excretions of the Body and the Damage caused by their Retention. perfuming the body in the morning. brain from bone. Chapter 329: On the Genesis of Man and on the Generation (Procreation) of Animals. Chapter 330 : On the Genesis of the Embryo and of the Members.g. (44) Probably the same principal vital faculty as that which is mentioned by JOLLY(P. 43). Chapter 332: On the Regulation of Health and the Means applied for this Purpose. viz. At the end of the chapter 'ALi B. Following the Ashtainrgah. 20. c. blood. Following the Ashtahngahradaya. The actual Hind'ustani term for dirt or filth. fat out of flesh. fat. from the earth (Spanish Then flies [dhararth] and worms) and from dirt (lice and nits. folIl. very much in accordance with JOLLY'S paragraph (46) on this matter. SHAKESPEAR 's and PLATTS' HindCistani-Englisb dictionaries).. Chapter 336: On Flavours and Food-stuffs.and the seven unclean excretions mail (45). sewing. gall and phlegm (mucus). 92. anointing the eyes. p. 38 foll. bone from fat. 55 foll. very detailed prescriptions for brushing the teeth. 1. Modification of the diet and regulation according to the seasons. sperm from brain. 42) under the name of ojas or bala and by Wise (p.radaya. Chapter 334 : On the Aliments Excess of which has to be avoided. is still mail (see. Chapter 335: On Waters. In the uterus the embryo develops blood from the aliments. dosa). RABBAN cites from the Niddna that the three fundamental humours are called duis (i. derived from Sanscrit. (45) Corresponding to Sanscrit mala (WISE P. WISE. P. (46) JOLLY.

Chapter 344: On the Classes of Diseases.TABARI S (( PARADISE OF WISDOMD 45 Chapter 337: On Eating and the necessary Things before and after Meals. From the Charaka Sa'hhita and the Niddna. that the Prophets mentioned Devils and Ghosts (jinn). poisons. Chapter 345: On the Knowledge of the Conditions of the Diseased. Chapter 339: On Wine. Causes are the three humours. He records that most of the people in the world believe in evil spirits. fatigue. fear. Chapter 3 52: On Diarrhoea (istitldq) and Consumptions (suldi. feeling of the pulse and questioning of the patient. Chapter 354: On the Treatment of Fevers. Chapter 340: On Milk. Chapter 355: On letting Blood and arresting the Flow. Partly superstitious practices for prognosis. Chapter 350: On Cough (su'adl). Chapter 356 On the Signs of Slowless or Rapidity of Trespassing or other Accidents befalling the Patient. Chapter 34I : On Diet in the different Seasons. No exact descriptions of the types. sing. sorcery. sill). Chapter 343 : On the Signs of Diseases. Chapter 347: On (the Diseases) caused by the Excess of ( ach Humour. but that the Greek philosophers always denied their existence. Chapter 346: On the Causes of Diseases and the Period in which the Disturbance of the ((Wind)) (rzh) is excited. its Symptoms and Treatment. Chapter 342: On Exhortations which I met in their Books and which I extracted altogether. Chapter 338: On the Things to be eaten with each Kind of Wine. etc. love. lust. wrath. . Chapter 357: On Spirits attacking Men. Diagnosis by inspection. The author excuses himself for having extracted this chapter from the books of the Indians. Chapter 348: On the Theory of Treatment. Chapter 353 : On Fevers and their Treatment. Chapter 349: On Gasp (fawadq). Chapter 35 I: On Thirst.

calls her Rust THE . A recipe by ((BARHAM AR-RASA INI )) is probably that of one of the alteratives (rasayana) known in Sanskrit Medicine. Chapter 359: From the Books of an Indian Woman (47). full of mutilated names of persons and remedies. A remedy called salajit is not to be found in the works on Sanscrit Medicine. I give on the next page one of these schemes as an example. The last nine pages are filled with recipes for aromatic compounds (dharzra) and perfumes (ghaliya).) and qandaqarz (kantakdrika Solanum Jacquini W. A very difficult chapter. parshanbparnz and stawawrz. IBN ABi USAIBI'A ('Uyun al-Anb&' 11. The last sentence runs ((End of the book of 'ALI IBN RABBAN on Medicine and all the Kinds of Wisdom )). The ((strange figures)) follow at the end. SIDDIQI the editor corrected some of the names of drugs without giving any explanation. The ((chess-board-like ))scheme for the composition of remedies is very simple: the numbers give the quantities of drachms or lesser weights of each drug. 58). Then follow Muslim religious phrases added by copyists.g.). 32 line 27). pandt?k-parn'. and the horizontal or vertical columns. partly bearing Indian names. 'ALI gives eleven such figures. Chapter 360: On compound Remedies and on strange Figures. haIrmakaraht. A series of recipes. I was able to identify the teriis shuinaq(shonaka -Bignonia Indica). on the Cleansing of the Face and on the Treatment of the Orifice of the Uterus. they are the ((chessboard-like figures )) for the arrangement of remedies.46 MAX MEYERHOF Chapter 358: On Purgatives and Emetics and the Treatment of Fevers. another mahadayana is probably identical with the reconstituent medhajanana mentioned by JOLLY (P. dentifrice etc.) is obtained. incense. balmul (palwal Trichosanthes). sal-parn'. kashm'zaj (Cassia Absus L.g. probably from a book on Midwifery. e. e. according to the combination of the drugs contained in the vertical or horizontal columns one or another form of compound remedy (enema. (47) INDIAN. The niames of other drugs are given by 'ALi AT-TABARI himself in Arabic or Persian.

c 4bt j? tL ? }o l?)t11 00 |c at coi+g .TAAt S ((PADISE OF WISDOM 47 {^i*tX ]10t~~~~~l 8 f I I~~~C . 1X" uS8a )f 32 . ffi~~~~~~~C w1tl i q a. .

(urine-) vessel 2I4 see rnh ardii. avarice 48 dd' al-asad. sweat i82 'asab (pl. acute diseases 76 and'. S = Syriac (in parentheses). 209 296 48 buhradn. tickling 50 dam'a. worms 148 1idq an-nafs. 85 dawl'. fundamental humour 330 falij (G). orthopnoea I 15 i I8 duibaila. pleurisy I80 dhatu (I). elephantiasis 189 dd' al-htayya. dandruff.pustule 92. alopecy 77 ahbdb. marad). corruption I58 fasd. hospital bughl. white lepra 190 bakhr. tinnitus 79. Entries refer to the numbers of chapters.crisis 183 bukhl. MAX MEYERHOF. - Glossary of Technical Terms 197 'adal. corrosion. night-blindness asr al-bawl. urine bzmaristan (P). A. hatred 152. 94.vertigo 79. black scars XoI awj (ojas? I) . buth-ur). leontiasis (form of leprosy) 189 dd' al-fil. oppression. atrophy 64 d4s (dosa) (I). unless specially designated otherwise. diud). I = Indian. 102 batt. ischury 152 athlar sud. bowels 142 amrad (sing. white lepra I90 bathr (pl. P = Persian. essential parts of the body 330 dhihab ma'al-wahshi. essential vital faculty 330 badh-dishndm (P). nerve I98 93 'asha'. hernia 'ain. 84 dhaJt al-janb. (Cairo). eye.dumzir. erysipelas of the face I02 bahaq. ((mist ). plegia 107 fasdd. 'araq. muscles adara. retirement through melancholy 79 diddn (sing. G Greek. In the compound or foreign words A Arabic. In the following glossaries all terms. dissection I96 bawl. lachrymation 93 dawadr. a'sab). vitiligo.48 MAX MEYERHOF the composition of the compound indicated in the top part or to the left. are Arabic. dimness of sight 93 daghdagha. ozaena 102 baras. phlebotomy 200 . ophiasis 77 dd' ath-tha'lab. stomach-ache . 95 am' (sing. mi'a'). evil eye dkla. diseases passim amrdd hadda. gangrene I56 52 '49. as everyone who wishes to use the book will be obliged to number the chapters for himself.

. scab. smallpox hjama. eructation izulqfim. fever i6i. tremor Ihadhayan. bruises 1 I7. psorophthalmia 92. foll. combustion 48 194 jasha. chronic fever I67 hzummai ghibb.dab. strangulation ildus (G). (in 202 hikka. 190 hilm. shivering 103 khadar. hastiness 48 izldq az-zar'. lachrymal abscess 93 ghashy. staphyloma 92 residues. delirium io6 110 is-haM.upright carriage Tz8. cowardice hummaddamm. 117.e. 152 6 hasaf. polyp 102 kaZaz. dropsy 125 hibb.ephemeral fever i62 humra. memory 49 by) slipping of the sperm I58 kildb. khawdAs).fuduil (sing. leprosy 189 i. I90 kathir al-arjul. metamorphosis. quartan fever I hummad shatr al-ghibb. semnitertian fever 178) humma yawmn. hiccough.relaxation hashm. matter 2. excess 23. superfluities. ghosts 357 jubn. numbness 50 khafaqan (al-qalb). 35 istisqa'. gullet 130 117 jawr. liver 123 kabas. diaphragm I8I 130 jadari. tape-worm 'irq an-nisd'. 349 fikra..TABARI'S (( PARADISE OF WISDOM )) 49 fawaq. sclerosis (of the eyelids) 92 hirq an-ndr. 50 'inabiyya. 28 b) evil dreaming 51 property khajal. function .slackening. jinn. stone (in the kidney or bladder) transubstantiation 149. erysipelas IOI I8I husr al-bawl. quivering ikhtinaq. 102. reflection 47 8 fi'l. uvea of the eye 92 gha. 352 hidda. confusion 316 46 4 . 'uruq) blood-vessel 199 ghudda. specific 220. ischury 152 ibriyya. dandruff 77 ihlil. nightmare 5I kalaf. falling out sight (of the lashes) 93 92 'irq (pl. swoon atisdb. 190 the eye) 93. injustice hummd. 195 Ihayuiil (G). "veil )). itch. throat 203 istihala. love 48 istitldq. throbbing (of the heart) 129 khassa (pl.purgation zalq. 152 paralysis. fail). gasp I17. hasa. lachrymal tumour 92 habb al-qar'. trachoma. 48 judham. passivity 8 intifdkh. prickly heat I90 istirkha'. ileus 50 158 148 'inaba. i82 25 ghishadwa. wrath 47 infi'al. ((blood fever )). cupping jarab. forbearance 48 jaSa. ikhtildj. activity. dimness of intitlhdr (al-ashfdr). tertian fever 172 hummd rib'. (sterility caused hifr. diarrhoea 142. oedema 92 gharab. sciatica I48 I87 79 irti'dsh. penis ihtildm a) puberty I55 kabid. xanthelasma 101.

a small 92 prolapse of the iris 205 systole nabd. rules 75. qara'. II7. joint. sudud). satyriasis 155 lahdh. fistula 92. gall mizda. one of the three Indian vital humours. the tonsils ma . spermatorrhoea 155 kithrat al-intisadr. excoriation II3 I90 . dysentery qawlanj (G P) colic qay'. congestion rydah. unclean excretions of 330 the body 205 majassa. facial paralysis 107 96. ophthalmia rdsib (pl. ulcer 96. temperament.cataractin the eye 92 maVa. pulse marad kahini.(( water )). thoughtlessness 48 I58 nura. lancet mil (G).50 MAX MEYERHOF khalt.humour. 79 nasur. 157 I 7 96 2I4 I9o 203 77 149 145 148 i82 I55 I90 146 50 II5 i58 92 2I5 218 2I7 2I8 2I8 I90 346 I56 92 I49 I48 99 327 52 85 I49 194 nazaf damm al-haida. qanun (G). exorcism r4'yd. 157 nayyira. dropsy 125 mafsil (pl. gout 187 sadma. qillat al-mannd. bran-like sediment rdsib ramli. lice 92. quruh). outlet 23 khurajal-mannd. scrophula 49 khiffa. foetid sediment rdsib nakhdla. anus 137 mixture I9 I57 mursaraj (P) ((ant's head )). epistaxis II al-lawzatan. style for collyrium 326 mirara. forgetfulness. nafth damm. probe. qarh al-am'a. obstruction "I7. gruel-like sediment raty. fickleness. smell-scent riahal-khusiyya. perversion of appetite qaih. maf sil). eczema qulun (G). vertigo sadd (pl. dysmenorrhoea niqris. colon. depilatory qabh ash-shahwa. hydrocele rih as-sabal. levity khuraj.sfar. ((yellow water ). abscess 195 khuriAj. uvula II laqwa. visions sadar. horripilation rabw. baldness (partial) qarha (pl. fluxion. chest sa'fa. haemoptysis I34 iOI namsh. (psychical form of) 79 79 epilepsy 79 maraqq. pulsation. freckles nasaydn. sandy sediment rdsib saWizqz. muq'ada. persistent vomiting I17. amnesia 48. articulation I87 mail (I). uterus ramad. qawabi). dry eczema rik. akhldt.da'. contusion sadr. asthma raham. conjunctival congestion rih ghalia. deposit (in the urine) qaml. large intestine qush'arara. sediment rdsib muntin. flatulence ru'df. rawdsib).temper 71 I90 khanazir. aspermatism qubd (pl. luminous celestial body 9 nazaq. suppuration qa'im. abdomen 326 mib.

tashannzq.canine appetite I I7 shaib. wound in the head shaqiqa. II7. (P). voice. 77 sanun. gravity. i66. humbleness 48 tawac in. cephalalgy 79. anatomy I96 tatha'ub. conI I9. appetite 47. spasm I02. 352 sumption su al. menses tanin. white scar 77. spleen I40 'U(aS. safd'ih). leaves of Asafoetida 241 anjura (P) nettle 245 ( anjurak 'aqaqzr (sing. dullness of sight. (spasmodic) epilepsy 79 sawt. pterygium zahar. clumsiness 49 tuhal. subat. yawning 50 tawa4du'. baldness 27. afa''i). downflow. swelling. prognosis I 31 'uqm. cough 350 I30. 79. jaundice z~afara. bizr). tinnitus 84 taqdimat al-ma'rifa. modesty. wart 190 thanayad. barrenness (of uterus) wa. melancholy al-wirkan. headache 79 tabi'a (pl. lust. (P). sleeplessness 79 sill (pl. viper 243 afdwiva. oils. fruit-confection 238 anjuddn. shyness. lientery I44 al-am'ad. tumour. hemicrania 79 1 90 shara. nasal catarrh uulna. intercostal neuralgia I80 133. film on the surface of the urine 2i6 142 sahj. taba'i').TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) 51 fafz'ha (pl. vanity zukam. --. cold. awram) I58. 90 sar'. suldl) phthisis. plague-boils '95 tha'lil. bloodspot in the eye. sahar. stillicidium I52 92 tarfa. inversion of the lids 95 shatra. aromatics afshuraj.Names of Drugs and Remedies. waswasa. taqtir al-bawl. contortion I58 IOI 36 79 46 I49 I92 79 I87 io6 I37 yaraqan. constitution 3. lethargy 79 sudd'. temper.dah. central incisors I02 thiql. (P). stretching of the arms 50 28 tamth. lachrymation 93 shahwa. dysentery zahw. nostalgia wajal. abazira (sing. abzar. vocal organs I I3 sayaldn. I I7 shahwakalbiyya. tooth-powder I02 sanwartd (S P). weariness waram. wahm. sneeze 50 courage 48 78 shiaja. see duhn. white hair 27 shajl'a. symblepharon 93 shawsa. pressed fruit-juice 238 anbaj. simple drugs 245 . the hipbones wvuthad. 24I spices ad-han. I03 tashrih. (pl. pain in the chest. dysentery sal'. blotch shatar. demonianism. 72 tamatti. amaurosis zulq 92 I45 48 IOO 93 ((slipping of the intestines )). 'aqqadr). nature. B. 287 af'aY (pl. imaginative power wahsha.

dabb. ((Caesar's remedy)) dawad a compound 295 dibaba. 7rETva'&KO v and I5I fanj-anu'sh (panj-nosh) (P). a kind of pills 296 halbanitha (G S). 295 fandddiquin(G). Ocimum pilosum I29. ad-han). 230 dabid-i-murra (P S). see isqanqur I33 astarak (G P). hoopoe ibn 'irs. myrrhelectuary 93 dahmurta (S). falanja (P). ?) bahman abyad (P A). aromatic compound 360 dubb (pl. weasel 270 'ilk al-Anbat. storax astadiqun (G).) (?) I02 . an aromatic compound 360 ghira.) I29. salep-root 245 (Orchis Morio L. a kind of basil. glue 285 ghurdb. name of a remedy 154. 154. 279 finches. shells. grain bulbus (G). papyrus-plant bazi (P). faltniyny remedy 90. I). 245 habb al-quqdya (A G S). cashew-nut (Anacardia) 295 230 u vegetable baql (pl. uromastix-lizard 93. abzar and buzur) seed. 295 245 237 'at yat-Alldh. 300 heath-cock 275 durraj. knot-grass (Polvgonum) 'asara. hubub). seeds of Euphorbia Lathyris L. basil-royal (Ocimum 242 Basilicum L. bardi. name of a compound remedy 296 habb al-muluk. pounded grain 229 hasha' (kdsa). pressed fruit-juice 247 asddf. galbanum I33 har'sa. crow 277 habb (pl.) balmul (palwal. staticum-eye93. name of a 295 compound remedy Qaisar. 242 badruj (P). resin of Asa foetida 24I hubard. (water-) melon bizr (pl. 'asfir (pl. bustard 28I 28I hud-hud. asqanzqar(G S). kind of carp 234 (Cyprinus Bynni) baziddn (P). Trichosanthes 360 (cucumerina L. oil 235. fzqra ayarij 295 a bitter purgative badranj-buya (P). 'asafiAr).52 MAX MEYERHOF 'asa ar-ra'z. dibaba). pill 2Z29 bahman ahmar (P A). names of a remedy (((five-fold ))) 295 faranj-mushk (P). corn-seed. name of a remedy. mountainbalm (Melissa officin. buqu). wild thyme 245 hiltit. turpentine I58 . bear 267 duhn (pl. a kind of cubebs 243 Philonium(G S). (G). sparrows sharab see ashriba. L. Spanish flies 329 dharara. falcon bittikh. red behen 245 balddhur. 295 see fanjanush hiera picra. see sadaf small birds. electuary habb al-bimaristan (A P). 94 salve athanasiya (G). ((hospital pills )). emetic onion (?) bunnaj 245 280 230 24I I57 (A P). 295 dabid (P). see dubb dharadrih. white rapontic 245 ghdlhya (A P).

Solanum Jacquini W. a compound potion makhid.confection of fruits nars yan-ddru (P). skink-lizard I56. tripe 133 isfanja (G). 239 sauce kasham (P). gall of 245 tamarisks 247 jibs (G). shepherd's crook (plant) qaiaban al-adajall. pissasphalt murabba. 295 244 kazmazdk. ossicle. pumpkin qasab fdrisi. aqrds). groats jawris. ? ? khatdlif (pl. liqha) milchcamels 30I mahadaydnd (medhajanana) (I) a tonic mdahub-ddna (P) seeds of Euphorbia Lathyris L. orach. tablet. blanquette i5I ishtitifdn.TABARI S ((PARADISE OF WISDOM)) 53 'ilk al-Arwam. eel mdsus meat cooked in vinegar mu'a. 360 230 calamus aromaticus.sfur) mughAth. of khuttdf). hedge-hog 272 qurs (pl. germander 245 vinegarkdmikh (pl. lovage (Levisticum) 241 kashmiAza] (P). (P). I). seeds of Cassia 95 Absus L. dyes for the hair 77 281 khuffdsh.sfar. ointment marmdhi. 295. ((swallows )). see kashmiza 247 jass. see jashmiza] 360 hawkeba (S). globule. ((star )). Glossostemon Bruguieri D. (?) qandaqdri (kantakarikd. churned milk marham. anklebone 290 kamddariyus (G). qar'. gypsum 231 ]ummar. 261 iyyal. sweet 298 remedies 229 (A P). sweet flag (?) 243 231 qasab sukar. 360 245 299 8i 299 30I 302 234 145 245 245 194 238 132 Sarcostem156 ma viminale R. juice of quinces maibufakhtaj (P). gall of tamarisk (see ka'b). mastic kuhl (pl. name of a compound remedy 90. safflower (see 'u. gypsum jawaArish (P) sweetmeats. BR.. ((lily-wine )).. dry collyrium 95 276 laqlaq. ChateNaud. seeds of Cassia Absus L. feet (of sheep ki'dAb 290 as dish) 239 khall. JdAwrish 231 jawz hindi. ibex jashmizaj (P). sugar-cane 230 qataf. sponge isfi'd-bdgh (P). crane liqdaX. potash 245 qirtas (G). see sarmaj 230 qild. wine boiled down to a consistency maisu'san (P). 156.(sing.var. (P).C. see asta[tiqfin isqanqur (G S). mastic I58 290 infa4a. 230 qunfudh. piths of palm-trees 283 jund-bidastar. bat khurw as-sinnawr. stork. ki'dib). 284 isqil (G). name of a compound remedy (see sununAthad) 295 khiddb. cocoa-nut jawz marak (A P). civet's dung i6o khuttdf. wild onion 156 229 vermicelli itriyya. maiba (P). kawaAmikh). Cucumis melo. papyrus-paper qunya (G). (root) mumiya5' (P). 296 . stag. vinegar 230 khardidind-ruya (P). akhal). swallow 28I 246 kiyya (G). castoreum ka'b (pl. long melon.

95 247 246 288 102 crawfish 247. wild succory 230 tamr hindi. 299 299 of mulberries rushana"'s (P).(pl. wine 299 shifnzn. rubu4b). cuttle-fish-bone.) 230 rdziqz (P).) 230 sawzq. sibistdn) (P). name of a remedy. asddf). orach (Atriplex sarmnaq) hortensisL. white lily I45 rubb(pl. wild endive. raydazin).) c. orange-tree zirislk (P). vitriol zanbaq (P). halcyonium 247 zaibaq. I). aromatic plant 242 rasan sebestens (Cordia Myxa L. see khatditpf 295 talakhshaqu'q(G P). ((swallows )). dtan).name of a compound remedy 295 299 sikanjabzn (P). see samgh sununitha (S). confection 246. perfume 243 250 turunjOn (P). oxymel silkh hayya. turtle-dove 275 shiydf (S A). 94 shundq (shonaka. geeko-lizard sanun. 245 ti'b.) 245 usthurghaz (P). sajzind (S).sfur.54 MAX MEYERHOF raihain.resin samm abras. berberis 247 247 247 1i0 245 15 . toothpowder sara dn. inspissated rubb fruit-juice tut. rob. wild (ring-)dove zabad al-bahr. elecampane (Inula Helenium L. P). 'usfur.) 132. she-asses 301 275 wardshan. Euphorbia Lathyris L. crab saratdn nahri. tortoise 284 pumfgh. yellow-wood. <e lightbringer)). tamarind 231 oriental tamarisk !arfd. sparrow 279 sulhafd. eye-salve 93. parched grains 229 shabab-bahra (P). root of Asa foetida 24I utun (sing. mercury zdj. iris zard-]ubaq (zard-chufb. scent. shell samgh (pl. knot-grass (Polygonum) 245 234 shabbut. sumiigh). safflower (Carthamus tinctorius L. balm-gentle 'unsuldn.cyprinus-carp shalitha(S). Bignonia Indica 360 sifstdn (sapistdn. turmeric zarrin-dirakht (P). ashriba). 231 (P). caper-spurge 245 shabat bata (S). 284 sarmaj (P). squill (Scilla maritima 32 L. nameof a compound remedy 295 shardb (pl. slough of snake 287 suddniyya.. name of a collyrium sadaf (pl.