Ibn al-Nafīs
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, ʿAlāʾ al-Dīn Abu ’l-ʿAlāʾ ʿAlī b. Abī ’l-Ḥaram al-Ḳuras̲h̲ī al-Dimas̲h̲ḳī , a distinguished physician and many-sided author of the 7th/13th century. Except for the date of his death, only few facts of his life have been recorded, because Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa, although his contemporary, does not mention Ibn al-Nafis in his history of physicians; but al-ʿUmarī and al-Ṣafadī give detailed though anecdotal accounts of him and his personal habits. Born in or near Damascus (presumably in the village of al-Ḳuras̲h…

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Meyerhof, M. and Schacht, J., “Ibn al-Nafīs”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 15 December 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_3319>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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