Ten fun facts about Avicenna


Fact 1
Of his surviving works, 150 concentrate on philosophy and 40 of them concentrate on medicine.

Fact 2
His most famous works are The Book of Healing, a vast philosophical and scientific encyclopedia, and The Canon of Medicine, which was a standard medical text at many medieval universities.

Fact 3
The Canon of Medicine was used as a text-book in the universities of Montpellier and Leuven as late as 1650.


Fact 4
The Canon of Medicine provides a complete system of medicine according to the principles of Galen (and Hippocrates).

Fact 5
His corpus also includes writing on philosophy, astronomy, alchemy, geology, psychology, Islamic theology, logic, mathematics, physics, as well as poetry.

Fact 6
According to his autobiography, Avicenna had memorized the entire Qur'an by the age of 10.

Fact 7
He achieved full status as a qualified physician at age 18.

Fact 8
In the medieval Islamic world, due to Avicenna's successful reconciliation between Aristotelianism and Neoplatonism along with Kalam, Avicennism eventually became the leading school of Islamic philosophy by the 12th century, with Avicenna becoming a central authority on philosophy.

Fact 9
He is regarded as the most famous and influential polymath of the Islamic Golden Age.

Fact 10
Avicenna created an extensive corpus of works during what is commonly known as Islam's Golden Age, in which the translations of Greco-Roman, Persian, and Indian texts were studied extensively.


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was a Persian polymath who wrote almost 450 works on a wide range of subjects, of which around 240 have survived

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