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The Convergence of Judaism and IslamReligious, Scientific, and Cultural Dimensions$
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Michael M. Laskier and Yaacov Lev

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780813036496

Published to Florida Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.5744/florida/9780813036496.001.0001

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Pharmacopoeias for the Hospital and the Shop

Pharmacopoeias for the Hospital and the Shop

Al-Dustur al-bimaristani and Minhaj al-dukkan

(p.190) 11 Pharmacopoeias for the Hospital and the Shop
The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Leigh N. Chipman

University Press of Florida

This chapter examines two thirteenth-century pharmacopoeias, the first written by Jewish Karaite physician Abu al-Fadl Dawud ibn Sulayman ibn Abi al-Bayan al-Isra'ili and the second by the little-known Jewish druggist Abu al-Muna Dawud ib Abi Nassar al-Kuhin al-Attar al-haruni al-Isra'ili. One of these pharmacopoeias (Al-dustur al-bimaristani) was aimed at hospital use, while the second (Minhaj al-dukkan) was designated for private pharmacies. Both texts were written in Arabic, and the chapter asks whether the Jewishness of the authors is reflected in their works or had influence on the content. It states that these works were “aimed principally at a non-Jewish audience” and that they “express no clear-cut religious identity beyond a general monotheism.”

Keywords:   pharmacopoeias, pharmacists, hospitals, Al-Dustur al-bimaristani, Minhaj al-dukkan, medicine

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