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Work in Persian by the Khorezm physician Isma'il al-Jurjani

A similarly famous work by Isma’il al-Jurjani (d. 1136) in the al-Biruni Institute of Oriental Studies of the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan titled “Dhakhira-i Khorazmshahi” (The Treasure of Khorezm Shah) and its author’s editions are represented by a multitude of copies.

Work in Persian by the Khorezm physician Isma'il al-Jurjani

This work is one of the most complete medical encyclopedias in Persian created after Ibn Sina’s “The Canon.” It was compiled for the Khorezmshah Arslantegin Qutb al-din Muhammad (1097 – 1128). 

Out of the 13 folios dating to the 16th – 19th centuries, four are complete, including three manuscripts of the 17th century and one dating to the first half of the 18th century. Isma’il al-Juzjani personally compiled abridged Persian editions of “The Treasure of Khorezmshah” upon the request of royal persons and friends. The collection has three manuscripts of similar editions dating to the 19th century. Medicine in the Timurid period (15th – 16th centuries) is represented by manuscripts of the works by Mansur ibn Muhammad ibn Faqih Ilyas (15th century), Nafis ibn ‘Iwaz al- Kirmani, a court doctor of the ruler of Mawarannahr and Amir Timur’s grandson, Mirza Ulugbek (ruled in 1409 – 1449).

You can learn more about this topic in the book-album “The Collection of the Al-Biruni Institute of Oriental studies, the Academy of Sciences of the Republic of Uzbekistan” (part two, “Miniature and Calligraphy”) (Volume XXII) from the series "Cultural Legacy of Uzbekistan in the World Collections".

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