Ibn Abi Usaibia (1203-1270) (ابن أبي أصيبعة) was the compiler and author of a [1]


His full name was Ibn Abī Uṣaybiʿa Muʾaffaq al-Dīn Abū al-ʿAbbās Aḥmad Ibn Al-Qāsim Ibn Khalīfa al-Khazrajī. Ibn Abi Usaibia was born at Damascus, a descendant of the Banu Khazraj tribe and the son of a physician, and studied medicine at Damascus and Cairo. In 1236 he was appointed physician to a new hospital in Cairo, but he surrendered the appointment the following year to take up a post given him by the ruler of Damascus in Salkhad near that city. There he lived and died.[2] His only suriving work is Lives of the Physicians. In that work he mentions another work written by himself, but it has not survived.[1]

Lives of the Physicians

The title in Arabic ʿUyūn ul-Anbāʾ fī Ṭabaqāt ul-Aṭibbāʾ ([2]


In year 1884 an edition was published in Arabic curated by August Müller (Königsberg, 1884). Today the Arabic text is online at AlWaraq.net and elsewhere. A full translation into English is at Tertullian.org.


  1. ^ a b Roger Pearse (year 2011), Preface to the Online Edition -- the online edition of the Arabic-to-English translation of Ibn Abi Usaibia's History of Physicians, translated by Lothar Kopf.
  2. ^ a b Chisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). Encyclopædia Britannica (11th ed.). The entry for Ibn Usaibi‘a in the 1911 Encyclopedia Britannica is at Ref.

External links

  • English translation of the Lives of the Physicians, translated by L. Kopf, 1954.
  • Notes and comments on Ibn Abi Usaibia's work.