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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 learn of gemology are much less well-known as a result of the loss of English-language translations of awesome 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 realized approximately gemstones from his father, and augmented his wisdom via readings of Aristotle, Theophrastus, and Pliny, in addition to via vast travels to mines and buying and selling facilities. In 1253, he wrote what later grew to become often called the main "methodical and entire" paintings on invaluable stones. Gemologists of this present day are nonetheless astounded via the complicated observations that Al Tifaschi made during this work.

The e-book covers 25 diverse stones, giving the crystallographic kinds and actual houses comparable to hardness, lustre, and dispersion. The ebook additionally describes motives of the formation of gem stones inside 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 gem stones no longer pointed out by way of Al Tifaschi. comprises index, a normal bibliography, and illustrations of 2 invaluable gems of their settings.

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