Samir Najm Abul Huda's Arab Roots of Gemology PDF

By Samir Najm Abul Huda

even though Arab contribution to the sciences is usually renowned within the Western international, Arab contributions to the learn of gemology are much less famous as a result of the loss of English-language translations of amazing Arab texts.

Scarecrow Press is happy to offer Samar Najm Abul Huda's translation of Ahmad ibn Yusuf al Tifaschi's examine of gemstones. 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 broad 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 important stones. Gemologists of this day are nonetheless astounded through the complex observations that Al Tifaschi made during this work.

The e-book covers 25 various stones, giving the crystallographic types and actual homes akin to hardness, lustre, and dispersion. The booklet additionally describes motives of the formation of gems inside 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 by means of Al Tifaschi. contains index, a common bibliography, and illustrations of 2 valuable gem stones of their settings.

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