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Cover of Commentary on Avicenna's Canon, 17th century. WMS Arabic 51.
Credit: Wellcome Library, London
Nearly 500 volumes of Arabic manuscripts covering not only medicine and pharmacology, but cosmology, alchemy, cookery and more are available online.
The digitised Arabic manuscripts range in date from the 10th to 20th centuries and cover subjects as diverse as:
They include witnesses to some of the greatest works of Arabic medicine, such as Ar-Razi’s Kitab al-Hawi, Ibn Sina’s Al-Qanun and its various commentaries, Arabic translations of Galen and Paracelsus, and many more.
In addition there are homely recipe collections of practising physicians from the world of Islam ranging from North Africa to the Indian subcontinent. A large number of the Levantine books were collected by Dr Sami Ibrahim Haddad (1890-1957), a well-known Lebanese physician and historian of medicine.
All of the Arabic manuscripts are available under a Creative Commons Attribution license; they can be freely downloaded and reused in any situation, so long as attribution is given to Wellcome Library.
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