Pharmacopoeias for the Hospital and the Shop

Leigh N. Chipman

in The Convergence of Judaism and Islam

Published by University Press of Florida

Published in print August 2011 | ISBN: 9780813036496
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780813041810 | DOI:
Pharmacopoeias for the Hospital and the Shop

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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

Chapter.  7024 words. 

Subjects: Society and Culture

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