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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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Ibn Sina (also known as Avicenna) wrote many books in various scientific disciplines. such as philosophy, religion, music, medicine, astronomy, physics, and natural sciences. Some sources state that the number of books he wrote is over 240; of which only 157 have been discovered to date. Of his most valuable books, the two most well-known are al-Shifa (“The Cure”), which deals mostly with philosophy, and the five-volume al-Qānūn fī al-Tibb (“The Canon of Medicine”), which is a complete medical encyclopedia. The Little Qanun is an abridged model of al-Qānūn. The author was inspired to publish this book after extensive studies on Ibn Sina’s views and work. It is hard to imagine such discoveries were made more than one thousand years ago.

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