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By Samir Najm Abul Huda

even though Arab contribution to the sciences is usually renowned within the Western global, Arab contributions to the examine of gemology are much less well-known 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 learn of gem stones. Born in 1184, Al Tifaschi first realized approximately gem stones from his father, and augmented his wisdom via readings of Aristotle, Theophrastus, and Pliny, in addition to via wide travels to mines and buying and selling facilities. In 1253, he wrote what later turned referred to as the main "methodical and entire" paintings on helpful stones. Gemologists of at the present time are nonetheless astounded by means of the complex observations that Al Tifaschi made during this work.

The publication covers 25 diverse stones, giving the crystallographic kinds and actual homes resembling hardness, lustre, and dispersion. The e-book 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 international, the well known gem stones of the thirteenth century, the gemological terminology utilized by the medieval Arabs, and notations on different gem stones no longer pointed out via Al Tifaschi. comprises index, a basic bibliography, and illustrations of 2 worthy gems of their settings.

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