Ibn Jumayʽ

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Abū al-Makārim Hibat Allāh ibn Zayn al-Dīn ibn Jumayʽ (هبة الله بن جميع, died 1198 / AH 594) was an Egyptian Jewish physician, chief physician at the court of Saladin.[1]


Ibn Jumay‘ was born to a Jewish family in Fustat, Egypt. He studied with the physician Ibn al-‘Aynzarbī (died 1153/AH 548) and entered the service of Saladin.[2][3] According to Ibn Abi Usaibia's Lives of the Physicians, Ibn Jumay‘ wrote eight works on medical-related subjects.

A contemporary of Moses Maimonides, Ibn Jumay‘ "became famous for having prevented a person having a cataleptic fit from being buried alive. He was the author of a number of medical writings, including al-Irshād li-maṣāliḥ, dedicated to al-Baysanī, the vizier to Saladin, and completed by Ibn Jumay‘ al-Isrā’īlī's son Abū Tahir Ismā‘īl."[3]


  • Kitāb al-irshād li-masālih an-nufūs waʻl-ajssad [Guide to the Welfare of Souls and Bodies]
  • (ed. and tr. by Hartmut Fähndrich) Treatise to Salāh ad-Dīn on the revival of the art of medicine, English and Arab text, Wiesbaden: Steiner, 1983.


  1. ^ Other name forms: Abu-'l-Makārim Hibatallāh Ibn-Gumaiʻ; Ibn Jumi‘; Ibn Gumay‘
  2. ^ Fähndrich, Hartmut (1997). "Ibn Jumay'". In Helaine Selin (ed.). Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer. pp. 421–2. ISBN 978-0-7923-4066-9. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine, United States National Library of Medicine

Further reading[edit]

  • Fenton, Paul B., 'The state of Arab medicine at the time of Maimonides according to Ibn Gumay‘'s Treatise on the Revival of the Art of Medicine, in Fred Rosner and Samuel S. Kottek, ed., Moses Maimonides - Physician, Scientist and Philosopher, 1993
  • Meyerhof, Max, 'Sultan Saladin's physician on the transmission of Greek medicine to the Arabs', Bulletin of the History of Medicine 18 (1945), 169-178

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