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Newsletter 10: January Issue 2013
In the first days of the New Year, FSTC team is pleased to present to our wide community Issue 10 of this periodic publication. We list in this new release detailed coverage on FSTC recent activities...
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Figure 1: A folio from the Akhlaq-i Nasiri, a philosophical treatise written by Nasir al-Din al-Tusi, the prestigious scientist and intellectual. (Source).
Figure 2: Front cover of Afghan Caravan by Safia Shah and Idries Shah (Octagon Press, 1990, paperback) in which a variant of the story narrated by the author can be found (see p. 164).
Figure 3: Shaikh Mihna and the Peasant: Page from a manuscript of the Mantiq al-Tayr (The Language of the Birds) of Farid al-Din ‘Attar (ca. 1142–1220). This painting illustrates a story that stresses the importance of the quest (talab). The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. (Source).
Figure 31: Illustration from a Kalila wa-Dimna manuscript (1200–1220 CE, Bibliothéque Nationale, Paris, France). This is an illustration from Ibn al-Muqaffa's work entitled Kalila wa-Dimna, which he translated from Persian to Arabic in the middle of the 8th century CE. This book of animal fables with a moral and a political message became, and still is, immensely popular, and was a landmark in the development of Arabic literary prose in the Golden Age of Islam. (Source).
Figure 1: Timeline (in CE) of Ibn al-Nafis in relation to some of his contemporaries and predecessors. The filled-in event box is for Ibn al-Nafis, the dotted-boundary box for his professor Muhadhdhab al-Din al-Dakhwar and the dashed-boundary box for Ibn al-Quff, one of his most famous students.
Figure 2: Chart showing the subject classification of Kitab al-Mûjaz fi al-Tibb of Ibn al-Nafis.
Figure 3: Anatomical drawing of the maxillary sutures in one of the original manuscripts of Ibn al-Nafis' book Sharh Tashrih al-Qanun. Source: Ibn al-Nafis, Kitab Sharh Tashrih al-Qanun (Cairo, 1988).
Figure 4: Anatomical drawing of the maxillary sutures in another original manuscript of Ibn al-Nafis' book Sharh Tashrih al-Qanun. Source: Ibn al-Nafis, Kitab Sharh Tashrih al-Qanun (Cairo, 1988).
Figure 2: Illustration depicting Ibn al-Haytham by Hanane Kai. (Source).
Figure 1: Imaginary portrait of Ibn al-Haytham, drawn by FSTC. (Source).
Figure 4: Diagram of the eye from Risner's edition in of Kitab al-Manazir in Latin: Opticœ thesavrvs Alhazeni Arabis libri septem (E. & heirs of H.Episcopius, Basel, 1572, p. 6). Credit: Wellcome Library, London. (Source).
Figure 3: Image from Opticœ thesavrvs Alhazeni Arabis libri septem..., (Basilea, 1572), in Risner's edition of Kitab al-Manazir in Latin. Biblioteca dell'Istituto e Museo di Storia della Scienza, Florene, MED 2068. (Source).
Nader El-Bizri, University of Lincoln, Brayford Pool Lincoln, UK / University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK / Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris, France / Institute of Ismaili Studies, London, UK.