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Listening to the whispers of matter through Arabic hermeticism: new studies on The Book of the Treasure of Alexander.
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PMID:  19048971     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
The Jabirian Corpus refers to the K. Thahirat Al-'Iskandar, "The Book of the Treasure of Alexander" (hereafter BTA), as one of several forgeries suggesting that alchemical secrets were hidden in inscriptions in various places. The book was neglected until 1926, when Julius Ruska discussed it in his work on the Emerald Tablet, placing the BTA within the literature related to the development of Arabic alchemy. His preliminary study became an essential reference and encouraged many scholars to work on the BTA in the following decades. Some years ago, we completed the first translation of the BTA into a Western language. The work was based on the acephalous Escorial manuscript, which we identified as a fourteenth-century copy of the BTA. This manuscript is peculiar, as part of it is encoded. After finishing our translation, we started to establish the text of the BTA. At present, the text is in process of fixation--to be followed by textual criticism--and has been the main focus of a thorough study of ours on medieval hermeticism and alchemy. A sample of the work currently in progress is presented in this paper: an analysis of the variations between different manuscripts along with a study and English translation of its alchemical chapter.
Ana Maria Alfonso-Goldfarb; Safa Abou Chahla Jubran
Publication Detail:
Type:  Historical Article; Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Ambix     Volume:  55     ISSN:  0002-6980     ISO Abbreviation:  Ambix     Publication Date:  2008 Jul 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2008-12-03     Completed Date:  2008-12-09     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  14730560R     Medline TA:  Ambix     Country:  England    
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Languages:  eng     Pagination:  99-121     Citation Subset:  QIS    
Pontifícia Universidade Católica, São Paulo, Brazil.
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MeSH Terms
Arab World / history
History, Medieval
Manuscripts, Medical / history*
Philosophy / history

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