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, dāʾūd b. ʿumar al-ḍarīr , Arab physician born at Antioch, son of the raʾīs of Ḳaryat Sīdī Ḥabīb al-Nad̲j̲d̲j̲ār, undertook, though blind, long journeys which led him also into Asia Minor. There he learnt Greek, on the advice of a Persian physician who had cured him of a malady from which he had long suffered, in order to be able to study the sources of medical science in the original texts. Later, he lived at Damascus and Cairo, and died in 1008/1599 at Mecca, after less than a year’s stay there.

His chief work is a large, exhaustive medical hand-book in which he followed Ibn al-Bayṭār, named Tad̲h̲…

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Brockelmann, C. and Vernet, J., “al-Anṭākī”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 22 October 2018 <>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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