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By Samir Najm Abul Huda

even though Arab contribution to the sciences is mostly popular within the Western international, Arab contributions to the research of gemology are much less well-known as a result of loss of English-language translations of amazing Arab texts.

Scarecrow Press is happy to provide Samar Najm Abul Huda's translation of Ahmad ibn Yusuf al Tifaschi's examine 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 large travels to mines and buying and selling facilities. In 1253, he wrote what later grew to become often called the main "methodical and whole" paintings on invaluable stones. Gemologists of at the present time are nonetheless astounded through the complex observations that Al Tifaschi made during this work.

The booklet covers 25 varied stones, giving the crystallographic varieties and actual houses equivalent to hardness, lustre, and dispersion. The ebook additionally describes motives of the formation of gem stones 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 info on Al Tifaschi's international, the well known gems of the thirteenth century, the gemological terminology utilized by the medieval Arabs, and notations on different gem stones no longer pointed out through Al Tifaschi. comprises index, a normal bibliography, and illustrations of 2 worthwhile gem stones of their settings.

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