Nafi ibn al-Harith

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Nāfi‘ ibn Al-Ḥārith ibn Kaladah ath-Thaqafī (Arabic: نَـافِـع ابْـن الْـحَـارِث ابْـن كَـلَـدة الـثَّـقَـفِي‎) (died 13 AH / 634 – 635 CE)) was an Arab physician of the Banu Thaqif. He was recommended by Muhammad, and treated Sa`d ibn Abi Waqqas and Abu Bakr. When the latter was dying, he designated his illness as poisoning.

Life and career[edit]

Trained in Yemen,[1] he is reported to have written a book named Dialog in Medicine. He was the chief physician and teacher at the Academy of Gundishapur in Persia.[citation needed]

He was half brother of Nufay ibn al-Harith (also known as Abu Bakra bin Kalada al-Thaqafi at-Thaifi).

Some historians maintain that he received his medical education at the Jundishapur medical school of Persia where he learnt the teachings of Aristotle and Galen.[citation needed]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Browne, Edward G. (2002), Islamic Medicine, p. 11, ISBN 81-87570-19-9