Curing Diseases and Defects Both Apparent and Hidden


Timbuktu, founded around 1100 as a commercial center for trade across the Sahara Desert, was also an important seat of Islamic learning from the 14th century onward. The libraries of Timbuktu contain many important manuscripts, in different styles of Arabic scripts, which were written and copied by Timbuktu’s scribes and scholars. These works constitute the city’s most famous and long-lasting contribution to Islamic and world civilization. This compilation of cures (date unknown) instructs the reader about methods of diagnosing and medicating the sick. The author explains the use of animal, plant, and mineral substances as medications. The work also includes prayers and Koranic verses that are helpful against illness. Displayed are instructions for writing prayers, helpful to the sick, for use in amulets.

Last updated: September 18, 2015