Hakim Muhammad Sharif Khan

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Hakim Muhammad Sharif Khan was a Shi'a physician of some importance at end of 18th century from Persia.

He was physician to the Mughal emperor Shah Alam II (ruled 1759-1806) and possibly to his son Akbar II (ruled 1806-1837). Sources differ as to when he died, some recording that he died in 1805 and others that he died eleven years later in 1816.

Hakim Muhammad Sharif Khan was responsible for introducing aspects of the new science current in Europe in his day, and he composed works in Persian, as well as in Arabic, including a dictionary of Indian drugs.


For his life and writings, see:

  • C.A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey. Volume II, Part 2: E.Medicine (London: Royal Asiatic Society, 1971), pp. 283-5 no. 494.
  • Carl Brockelmann, Geschichte der arabischen Litteratur, Supplement, 3 vols. (Leiden: Brill, 1937-1942), vol. 2, p. 864 no. 56a

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