Medicine of the Prophet

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By Ibn Qayyim al-Jauziya, Translated by Penelope Johnstone, Islamic Texts Society, Paperback, 350 pages

Medicine of the Prophet is a combination of religious and medical information, providing advice and guidance on the two aims of medicine - the preservation and restoration of health - in careful conformity with the teachings of Islam as enshrined in the Qur’an and the hadith, or sayings of the Prophet. Written in the fourteenth century by the renowned theologian Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (d. 751AH/1350AD) as part of his work Zad al-Ma’ad, this book is a mine of information on the customs and sayings of the Prophet, as well as on herbal and medical practices current at the time of the author.

In bringing together these two aspects, Ibn Qayyim has produced a concise summary of how the Prophet’s guidance and teaching can be followed, as well as how health,  and cures were viewed by Muslims in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The original Arabic text offers an authoritative compendium of Islamic medicine and still enjoys much popularity in the Muslim world.

This English translation is  presentation than has previously been available and includes verification of all hadith references. Medicine of the Prophet will appeal not only to those interested in alternative systems of health and medicine but also to people wishing to acquaint themselves  or increase their knowledge of, hadith and the religion and culture of Islam.

About the author:

Muhammad ibn Abu Bakr (also known as Ibn al-Qayyim ("The son of the principal") or Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyyah ("Son of the principal of the (school of) Jawziyyah")) (1292–1350 CE / 691 AH–751 AH) was an Arab Sunni Islamic jurist, commentator on the Qur'an and theologian. Although he is sometimes referred to as "the scholar of the heart", given his extensive works pertaining to human  and ethics, Ibn al-Qayyim's scholarship was focused on the sciences of Hadith and Fiqh.

About the Translator:

Penelope Johnstone holds a doctorate in the  of Arabic medicine and herbals and now teaches Arabic at Oxford University.

Medicine of the Prophet
Medicine of the Prophet