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The author intends to situate al-Kūhīn al-ʿAttār and his book within the Islamic pharmacological tradition, as well as to situate the pharmacist within Mamluk society. Al-Kūhīn al-ʿAttār evinces anxiety about the good name of pharmacy and pharmacists; the image deriving from an external view of the profession shows that he had cause for worry. In a period when knowledge of drugs and medical theories from further east was increasing, not only were pharmacists begrudged the status of fellow-scientists by physicians, but also within a hospital setting they seem to have been kept firmly under the physicians thumbs. Given the fact that pharmacy tended to be a family tradition, it is surprising that pharmacists who were also 'ulama' did not teach their pupils both subjects.

Keywords: al-Kuhin al-'Attar; Islamic; Mamluk; pharmacist



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