Qusta Ibn Luqa on purgative Drugs and Purgation

Project: Research

Layman's description

Qusta Ibn Luqa (fl. ca 860) was a physician at the Abbasid court in Baghdad and Samarra, and a prominent figure in the Greek-Arabic translation movement. The purpose of the project is to make a part of his work available in a text-critical edition with English translation, commentaries and indices.

Medieval medicine, with its centre in the Arab-Islamic region, is an important link between the scholastic medical discussion of Late Antiquity and the development of modern Western medicine. In spite of its importance and although an extensive bulk of texts has been preserved, this part of the History of Medicine has not received the attention it deserves. The lack of critical editions of primary sources contributes to this situation. The purpose of this project is to make a hitherto unedited text attributed to the 9th century physician, mathematician and astronomer Qusta Ibn Luqa (fl. a 860) available for further research by producing a textcritical edition with a parallell English translation, commentaries and extensive indices of materia medica and technical terms.
Effective start/end date2002/01/012004/12/31