Dissection and Anatomy (Tashrīḥ)
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Dissection and Anatomy (Tashr ī ), a technical term in Islamic medicine which is used somewhat ambiguously to refer to both dissection and anatomy. In the fifth chapter (taʿlīm) of the first part (fann) of the first Book of Ibn Sīnā’s medical encyclopaedia al-Qānūn (‘The Canon’), entitled ‘Māhiyyat al-ʿuḍw wa aqsāmihi ’ (‘The Nature of the [Bodily] Members and their Parts’), tashrīrefers to the anatomy of the various body parts rather th…

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Younes Karamati and with additions by Stephen Hirtenstein, “Dissection and Anatomy (Tashrīḥ)”, in: Encyclopaedia Islamica, Editors-in-Chief: Wilferd Madelung and, Farhad Daftary. Consulted online on 21 May 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1875-9831_isla_COM_037154>
First published online: 2018
First print edition: 20180110



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