Book Review of “Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook” by Nawal NasrallahLEARN MORE
Written nearly a thousand years ago, Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's tenth-century cookbook is the most comprehensive...
Figure 1: A miniature page of al-Firdawsî's Shahnama indicating the birth of Rustam. Source: Topkapi Palace Library, MS H 1479.
Caesarean Section in Early Islamic LiteratureLEARN MORE
Some medical historians of the last century mistakenly recorded that Caesarean section was strictly forbidden...
Figure 1: Ibn al-Haytham (here Alhasen) sharing with Galileo the honour of holding up the title page of Hevelius' Selenographia, pub¬lished in 1647. Note the image of the brain on the plinth below Ibn al-Haytham. Image courtesy of the library of the Royal Society.
Arabic Roots of the Scientific RevolutionLEARN MORE
It is well known nowadays that modern Scientific Revolution benefited indirectly from the theories, results...
Figure 1: Victor and Cheek in Kalila wa-Dimna. Manuscript dated circa 1200 CE, Syria. (Source).
Kalila wa-DimnaLEARN MORE
One of the most popular books ever written is the book the Arabs know as Kalila wa-Dimna, a bestseller for...
Figure 1: Imaginary portrait of al-Razi by a modern artist. (Source).
Insights into Neurologic Localization by Al-Razi (Rhazes), a Medieval Islamic PhysicianLEARN MORE
Al-Razi (Rhazes) (born in 864 CE) wrote over 200 scientific treatises, many of which had a major impact on...
Figure 1: Illustration of treatment for "Mâl-I-Hulyâ" or cauterization for certain neurotic disorders. Reprinted with permission from the Fatih National Library, Istanbul.
The 15th Century Turkish Physician Serefeddin Sabuncuoglu Author of Cerrahiyetu ‘l-HaniyyeLEARN MORE
The Turkish physician Serafeddin Sabuncuoglu (1385–1470) is the author of a famous treatise of surgery,...