By Samir Najm Abul Huda

ISBN-10: 0810832941

ISBN-13: 9780810832947

even if Arab contribution to the sciences is usually popular within the Western global, Arab contributions to the examine of gemology are much less famous a result of loss of English-language translations of extraordinary Arab texts.

Scarecrow Press is happy to give Samar Najm Abul Huda's translation of Ahmad ibn Yusuf al Tifaschi's examine of gem stones. Born in 1184, Al Tifaschi first discovered approximately gemstones from his father, and augmented his wisdom via readings of Aristotle, Theophrastus, and Pliny, in addition to via huge travels to mines and buying and selling facilities. In 1253, he wrote what later grew to become referred to as the main "methodical and whole" paintings on useful stones. Gemologists of this present day are nonetheless astounded via the complex observations that Al Tifaschi made during this work.

The booklet covers 25 varied stones, giving the crystallographic varieties and actual homes corresponding to hardness, lustre, and dispersion. The booklet additionally describes motives of the formation of gems inside of their mom rocks in addition to the features of the mine involved. Abul Huda's translation of the paintings comprises notations at the translations of Al Tifaschi's paintings into different languages, in addition to history details on Al Tifaschi's global, the well known gems of the thirteenth century, the gemological terminology utilized by the medieval Arabs, and notations on different gem stones no longer pointed out through Al Tifaschi. comprises index, a common bibliography, and illustrations of 2 worthy gems of their settings.

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