Husayni Isfahani

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The Prophet and the Persian physician c. 1468

Ghiyath al-Din Ali ibn Ali Amiran Husayni Isfahani was a 15th-century Persian physician and scientist from Isfahan, Iran. He is best known for a Persian encyclopedia of the natural sciences entitled Danish'namah-i Jahaan, which he completed in either 1474 or 1466. The encyclopedia was concerned with meteorology, mineralogy, botany, and anatomy. A small treatise on foodstuffs, in table format, is preserved in the National Library of Medicine collection.


For his writings and the date of composition his encyclopedia, see:

  • Fateme Keshavarz, A Descriptive and Analytical Catalogue of Persian Manuscripts in the Library of the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine (London: Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, 1986), pp 386–7.
  • Storey PL II,3 C.A. Storey, Persian Literature: A Bio-Bibliographical Survey. Volume II, Part 3: F. Encyclopaedias and Miscellanies, G. Arts and Crafts, H. Science, J. Occult Arts (London: Royal Asiatic Society, 1977), pp 357–8 no. 595.

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