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This chapter contains a list of English translation of the Arabic text containing the dispensatory of Ibn at-Tilmīḏ. It presents twenty chapters of English translation, which includes on Pastilles, on Powders, on Collyria, Catapasms, and Ophthalmics and on Liniments. The conditions for the rise of Arabic pharmacology are varied. First and foremost there is the Arabic reception of foreign scientific traditions in the course of a translation movement which took place between the middle of the 2nd/8th and the end of the 4th/10th centuries in Baghdad, and which acquainted the Arabs with the medico-philosophical theories as well as the medico-pharmacological practices notably of the Greeks and Indians, either through direct translations from Greek and Sanskrit or through Syriac and Pahlavi intermediates; the translation movement also played a major role in the formation of a professional language, that is in developing Arabic into a language of scientific and philosophical discourse.

Keywords: Arabic pharmacology; English translation; Pastilles; Powders



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