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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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Preface by the Dean of the BAU School of Medicine


Ibn Sina, with his medical profession, rationalism, and experimentalism and along with his not only scientific but also metaphysical interpretation, has contributed unforgettable pages to the history of medicine and philosophy. It is obvious how much impact he and others like him have had on the world culture. Even though one thousand years have passed since his birth, Ibn Sina still survives. On related matters, he is always mentioned in books and conferences in different parts of the world. We, Bahçeşehir University and the Medical School, feel the great honor of the fact that our symposium is held as the celebration of the 1000th anniversary of the completion of Kanun and as a sign of the importance given to Ibn Sina, who has had an important place in our culture for 1000 years, and of the translation and presentation of this book to the medical world. I would like to thank our scientific and social committees who have organized and realized the symposium, and our university teaching staff member, Dr. Kadircan Keskinbora, who has enabled this work to be translated and presented to the world of science and culture.

Prof. Dr.Türker KılıçDean, Bahçeşehir University Medical School

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