The Arcadian Library manuscript, which is the subject of this book, provides a snapshot of the intercultural dialogue that was taking place in medieval Spain where Muslims, Jews, and Christians were all involved in studying and disseminating medical knowledge. The manuscript itself is of the master work of the early twelfth-century Jewish physician, Ibn Baklarish, and was written in A.D. 1130. It provides unique information about the state of medicine in medieval Spain at the time. This edited volume is completed by a collection of eight essays by an international team of experts on Ibn Baklarish and his work.
Charles Burnett is Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe, Warburg Institute, University of London and Fellow of the British Academy.
Preface ; Ibn Baklarish's Kitab al-Musta'ini : the historical context to the discovery of a new manuscript ; The manuscript transmission of the Kitab al-Musta'ini and the contributions of the Arcadian Library manuscript ; Towards the study of the Romance languages in the Kitab al-Musta'ini ; The Leiden manuscript of the Kitab al-Musta'ini ; The Syriac words in the Kitab al-Musta'ini in the Arcadian Library manuscript ; Ibn Biklarish-Isra'ili ; Ibn Baklarish in the Arabic tradition of synonymatic texts and tabular presentations ; The zoological-medical material in the Arcadian Library manuscript