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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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In the name of Allah, Most Gracious, Most Merciful. God, help me finish this book in good faith. Praise be to the most wonderful words said by God, and His blessing be on His subject and prophet Muhammad in the purest and most gracious way.

The interest for science is bestowed (given) by Mighty God to those of maturity and integrity; and to those with pure hearts, clear eyes, and the self-confidence to carry on the work.

Mighty God has chosen you as the best and most mature man to be endowed with wide scientific knowledge. As a man who values science, and a benevolent teacher, may you get in return even more than you have given to your students in knowledge and affection.

Upon Your instructions, my publications on medicine will be written in clear expressions, concise explanations, and language that would be easily understood by everyone, at all times. They will provide benefits for all conditions and ailments. With God’s help I will fulfill the mission that has been entrusted to me. Success is God’s will.

This book consists of ten articles.

1 Kanun-u Sagir looks like a little model, not a summary of al-Kanun fi’t-Tibb. This introduction has been organized similar to his introduction of his main book (Great Qanun) where Ibn Sina addresses himself.

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