This year marks the 1000th anniversary of Ibn sina’s (aka avicenna’s) Canon of medicine.
Included by UNESCO among its celebrations of historic events and anniversaries of outstanding figures, the work outlines the basic principles of the science of medicine as well as describing medicinal compounds and methods of treatment of disease. Translated into Latin in the 12th century, The Canon of Medicine was studied as a textbook for centuries in the world’s major medical centers. Ibn Sina was taught by some of the leading scholars of his day and made a name for himself in the world of learning at an early age. The scholar, who led a life of adventure, lived in some of the leading cities of the Islamic world such as Rey, Qazvin, Urganj, Marv, Neyshabur, Khorasan, Gurjan and Isfahan. But Ibn Sina did not limit himself to the field of medicine. He also did significant work and gave lessons in mathematics, astronomy, music, logic and taxonomy.
His books In Istanbul
Ibn Sina’s most famous work is The Canon of Medicine. A copy of the original manuscript of this invaluable work is housed in the Süleymaniye Manuscripts Library at Istanbul.