Ibn al-Tilmīdh

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Ibn al-Tilmīdh
ابن التلمیذ
Born Habbat-allah Ibn Sad
أبو الحسن هبة الله بن صاعد بن هبة الله بن إبراهيم البغدادى النصرانى
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate, now Iraq
Died 11 April 1165 (aged 92)
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate, now Iraq
Occupation Physician, Pharmacist, Poet, musician, Calligrapher,
As physician in Al-'Adudi Hospital, Baghdad, now Iraq,
Personal physician of Caliph Al-Mustadi
Notable works Marginal commentary on Avicenna's The Canon of Medicine,
Al-Aqrābādhīn al-Kabir,
Maqālah fī al-faṣd

Amīn al-Dawla Abu'l-Ḥasan Hibat Allāh ibn Ṣaʿīd ibn al-Tilmīdh (Arabic: هبة الله بن صاعد ابن التلميذ‎‎; 1074 – 11 April 1165) was a Syriac Christian physician, pharmacist, poet, musician and calligrapher of the medieval Islamic civilization.

Ibn al-Tilmidh worked at the ʻAḍudī hospital in Baghdad where he eventually became its chief physician as well as court physician to the caliph Al-Mustadi, and in charge of licensing physicians in Baghdad.[1] He mastered the Arabic, Persian, Greek and Syriac languages.

He compiled several medical works, the most influential being Al-Aqrābādhīn al-Kabir, a pharmacopeia which became the standard pharmacological work in the hospitals of the Islamic civilization, superseding an earlier work by Sabur ibn Sahl.[1]


  • Marginal commentary on Ibn Sina's "Canon"
  • Al-Aqrābādhīn al-Kabir
  • Maqālah fī al-faṣd


  1. ^ a b Chipman, Leigh (2010). The world of pharmacy and pharmacists in Mamlūk Cairo. Leiden: Brill. pp. 31–32. ISBN 90-04-17606-3. 

Further reading[edit]

  • Kahl, Oliver (2007). The dispensatory of Ibn at-Tilmīd̲ : Arabic text, English translation, study and glossaries. Brill. ISBN 978-90-04-15620-3.