Assessing Avicenna’s (d. 42/1037) Medical Influence in Prolegomena to Post-Classical (1100–1900) Medical Commentaries: Ibn Abī Ṣādiq (d. after 460/1067), ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī (d. 629/1231), Faḫr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d. 606/1209)

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In this article I attempt to gauge Avicenna's (d. 428/1037) influence on the medieval Arabic medical tradition. I do this by examining the introductions to commentaries written by Ibn Abī Ṣādiq (d. after 460/1067), ʿAbd al-Laṭīf al-Baġdādī (d. 629/1231) and Faḫr al-Dīn al-Rāzī (d. 606/1209). Ibn Abī Ṣādiq's introduction to his commentary on the Hippocratic Aphorisms shows that that Avicenna's influence on medieval Arabic medicine was not felt immediately. However, by the 7th/13th century the influence of Avicenna's philosophy and philosophical way of life (sīra) manifests itself clearly in al-Baġdādī's commentary on the Hippocratic Aphorisms and al-Rāzī's commentary on the Canon of Medicine.
Original languageEnglish
JournalInstitut Dominicain d'Etudes Orientales du Caire. Melanges
Publication statusPublished - 2017

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