Talk:Ophthalmology in medieval Islam

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The use of the term medieval in reference to Islam is rather odd, it usually being reserved for discussion of European history. This page could benefit from more precise dating. PaulH 03:23, 27 February 2007 (UTC)

The title is strangely worded in general. This page does not discuss the relationship between the religion of Islam and ophthalmology, it's about ophthalmological innovations originating from Islamic communities. Perhaps, "Ophthalmology in the pre-modern Islamic world," although that's pretty ugly, too. The medieval Islamic medicine page makes similar points, beginning with the disambiguation:

"This article is about historic practice of "rational medicine". For Islam in medicine, see Prophetic medicine."

and later clarifying further,

"Some consider the label "Arab-Islamic" as historically inaccurate, arguing it does not appreciate the rich diversity of scholars who contributed to Islamic science many of whom were neither Arab nor Muslim."

FLH (talk) 18:14, 28 December 2012 (UTC)

Ibn al-Haytham[edit]

Ibn al-Haytham was not an ophthalmologist, his anatomical "contributions" were likely taken from Galen. He may have suggested that the retina was involved in image formation and that vision occurred in the brain, not the eye, but this hardly counts as "ophthalmology". He also thought that the receptive part of the eye was the lens, rather than (as we now know) the retina. Famousdog (talk) 12:22, 23 June 2010 (UTC)

Also the source for this is from a complementary medicine journal, for Pete's sake! Famousdog (talk) 12:36, 23 June 2010 (UTC)


Vast tracts of this are uncited. The "references" section is very poor William M. Connolley (talk) 22:03, 24 May 2011 (UTC)

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