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By Samir Najm Abul Huda

ISBN-10: 0810832941

ISBN-13: 9780810832947

even though Arab contribution to the sciences is mostly popular within the Western global, Arab contributions to the examine of gemology are much less famous end 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 research 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 large travels to mines and buying and selling facilities. In 1253, he wrote what later turned referred to as the main "methodical and whole" paintings on priceless stones. Gemologists of this day 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 types and actual houses reminiscent of hardness, lustre, and dispersion. The booklet 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 contains notations at the translations of Al Tifaschi's paintings into different languages, in addition to historical past details on Al Tifaschi's global, the well known gem stones of the thirteenth century, the gemological terminology utilized by the medieval Arabs, and notations on different gems now not pointed out by means of Al Tifaschi. comprises index, a basic bibliography, and illustrations of 2 worthy gems of their settings.

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