ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā
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was the best known oculist ( kaḥḥāl ) of the Arabs. His work, the Tad̲h̲kirat al-Kaḥḥālīn , deserves the greater claim to our attention from the point of view of the history of civilization in that it is the oldest Arabic work on ophthalmology, that is complete and survives in the original. The name of the author is also recorded in the inverted form: ’Īsā b. ʿAlī. Preference is to be given to the first form as follows from a reference in Ibn Abī Uṣaibiʿa ( ʿUyūn al-Anbāʾ , i, 240) and from quotations in later authors as al-G̲h̲āfiḳī, Ḵh̲alīfa b. Abi ’l-Maḥāsin and Ṣalāḥ al-Dīn. T…

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Mittwoch, E., “ʿAlī b. ʿĪsā”, in: Encyclopaedia of Islam, Second Edition, Edited by: P. Bearman, Th. Bianquis, C.E. Bosworth, E. van Donzel, W.P. Heinrichs. Consulted online on 14 November 2018 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1163/1573-3912_islam_SIM_0513>
First published online: 2012
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004161214, 1960-2007

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