Najib ad-Din Samarqandi

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Najib ad-Din Abu Hamid Muhammad ibn Ali ibn Umar Samarqandi was a 13th-century Persian physician from Samarqand.

Samarqandi died during the Mongol attack on Herat, in Afghanistan, in 1222CE. He was a prolific medical writer and expositor of medical ideas, though few details are known of his life.

His most famous book was The Book of Causes and Symptoms, a comprehensive manual of therapeutics and pathology. The treatises were widely read and often commentaries were written on them.

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For his life and writings, see:

  • A. Z. Iskandar, "A Study of al-Samarqandi's Medical Writings", Le Muséon, vol. 85 (1972), pp 451–479; DSB vol. 12, pp 90–91.
  • Manfred Ullmann, Die Medizin im Islam, Handbuch der Orientalistik, Abteilung I, Erg?nzungsband vi, Abschnitt 1 (Leiden: E.J. Brill, 1970), p. 170.

External links[edit]

  • Levey, Martin (2008) [1970-80]. "Al-Samarqandī, Najīb Al-Dīn Abū ̣Hāmid Mụhammad Ibn 'Alī Ibn 'umar". Complete Dictionary of Scientific Biography.