ِAbū Zakariyyāʾ Yuḥannā ibn Māsawayh

Name (arabic)

أبو زكريّاء يحنّا بن ماسويه

Name (translit)

ِAbū Zakariyyāʾ Yuḥannā ibn Māsawayh


Johannes Damascenus
ِAbū Zakariyā Yaḥyá ibn Māsūya





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(From MAMS2): A Syrian Christian physician, known in Medieval Europe as Johannes Damascenus or Mesuë. He was son of a pharmacist. He studied in Baghdad with Jibrīl ibn Bakhtyashūʿ. He worked as the director of a hospital and court physician from the reign of Hārūn al-Rashīd to that of al-Mutawakkil. He wrote many works in Syriac and Arabic, as well as translated some Greek works. he was the teacher of Ḥunayn ibn Isḥāq al-ʿIbādī. He used dissection of apes in preparing his works.

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Authored Works

1 works:

Astronomy: General

Kitāb al-azminah , كتاب الأزمنة


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P. 32.

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P. 326.

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Vol. 1, pp. 175-83.

Leclerc, Lucien. 1876. Histoire De La médecine Arabe: Exposé Complet Des Traductions Du Grec; Les Sciences En Orient, Leur Transmission à l’Occident Par Les Traductions Latines. 2 vol. Paris: E. Leroux.

Vol. 1, pp. 203-11.

Ibn al-Nadīm, Muḥammad. 1871. Kitāb Al-Fihrist, Ed. Gustav Flügel. 2 vol. Leipzig: Vogel.

Pp. 295-96.

Barhebraeus,. 1663. Historia Compendiosa Dynastiarvm. Trans. Edward Pococke. Oxford: Excudebat H. Hall.

Pp. 227-28.

Sarton, George. Introduction to the History of Science. 3 vols. in 5 vol. Baltimore: Williams and Wilkins, for the Carnegie Institution of Washington.

Vol. 1, p. 574.