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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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[4A] The first article

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Chapter one: Regarding the creation of the human being

The aim of the study of science is to keep the human body healthy the way it was created. When an illness occurs, science should be able to cure the body from that specific illness and return it to its healthy state. For that reason, a physician should know the human body well, and he should also know each and every single detail related to the changes that have taken place because of the illness, so as to be able to bring the body back to its healthy state.

So we can refer to the Greek physicians’ claim that, when a healthy and strong flow of water (semen) and sperms reach the womb of the woman and settles there firmly, the womb has the chance to be inseminated/fertilized; and, at the same time, if the woman’s womb is healthy and without any illness, then, according to our belief and with the will of Mighty God, the insemination will take place and the woman will become pregnant.

According to the Greek doctors, a baby is created from the combination of the man and woman’s liquids. However, if the two liquids or one of them is damaged or weak, no baby can develop. In addition, if there is a problem in the womb, or after intercourse, even if the liquids and the womb of the woman are both healthy, a harsh and uncomfortable movement from...

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