Ibn al-Tilmidh

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Ibn al-Tilmīdh
ابن التلمیذ
BornHabbat-allah Ibn Sad
أبو الحسن هبة الله بن صاعد بن هبة الله بن إبراهيم البغدادى النصرانى
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate, now Iraq
Died11 April 1165 (aged 92)
Baghdad, Abbasid Caliphate, now Iraq
OccupationPhysician, Pharmacist, Poet, musician, Calligrapher,
As physician in Al-'Adudi Hospital, Baghdad, now Iraq,
Personal physician of Caliph Al-Mustadi
Notable worksMarginal 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 Christian Arab physician, pharmacist, poet, musician and calligrapher of the medieval Islamic civilization.[1]

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.[2] 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.[2]


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


  1. ^ Meyerhof, M. (24 April 2012). "Ibn al-Tilmīd̲h̲". Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition.
  2. ^ 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.