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The Little Qanun of Ibn Sina

Little Model of the Great Qanun

Kadircan Hidir Keskinbora

Ibn Sina wrote many books on various scientific branches, many of which are on philosophy, religion, music, medicine, astronomy, physics, and natural sciences. Some sources state that the number of books he has written is over 240; 153 of these have been discovered. Among his valuable books, the two most well-known books are «al-Shifa», which deals mostly with philosophy, and the five-volume «al-Qānūn Fī al-Tibb», which is a complete medical encyclopedia. The Little Qanun is the model of «al-Qānūn». The idea of publishing this book struck the author’s mind when he thoroughly dealt with Avicenna’s views and thoughts. It is hard to imagine such discoveries were generated more than one thousand years ago.

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Second Edition Foreword (for Bahçeşehir Univ. edition)


It is obvious that lay people and scientists are in deep curiosity and express great interest towards Ibn Sina (Avicenna) and his books. This is evident by the fact that the first edition of Ibn Sina’s Little Qanun was sold out in a year.

When we worked on the second edition, the first edition was looked through from the beginning to the end based on the notes I made on reviewing the first edition, according to the print and dictation errors, and feedback from readers. The statements are now more understandable in accordance to the main book’s statements.

For a long time, English has been the international communicating language. So the translation in English will make it possible for the book to reach all the interested readers in the world. I have to thank Mrs. Serap Önsoy, who undertook the translation, for her disciplined and meticulous work. After the translation, we looked through the text word by word, sentence by sentence with regard to the medical terminology and medical English.

There may be some errors in this book, as may be in all books. I thank the readers in advance for their patience and generosity. For comments, contributions, and evaluations, the following e-mail addresses can be used: or

Hoping that this book will contribute to science and humanity,

Prof. Dr. Kadircan H. Keskinbora, M.D., Ph.D.

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