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Reblog: “Tashrih al-badan” (Anatomy of the body, 14th Century)

Reblogging a post about LJS 49 from facsilium: ancient manuscripts and rare books:

The venous system, with figure drawn frontally and the internal organs indicated.

Mansur ibn Muhammad ibn Ahmad ibn Yusuf ibn Ilyas, “Mansur ibn Iiyas”descended from a Shiraz family of scholars and physicians. His illustrated treatise, “Anatomy of the human body” often called “Mansur’s Anatomy” consists of an introduction followed by 5 chapters on the 5 main systems of the body: bones, nerves, muscles, veins and arteries; each illustrated with a full-page diagram. The manuscript was a total new for me, as I always thought that Qur’an has severe restrictions regarding human representations. Indeed, it has, especially in Sunni Islam (representation of all living beings).”

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