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۞ Qazwini - Zoological Section of the Nuzhatu-l-Qulub ۞

A fabulous bestiary, rich with medicinal uses and other lore.

 

Hamdullah Mustawfi bin Abu Bakr al-Qazwini (b. about 680 H / 1281-2 CE, fl. around 1330-1340 CE), was a financial officer under the regime of Abu Sa'id the Mongol Il-Khan. He got the epithet "al-Mustawfi" through his grandfather, who was an accountant (Mustawfi) in Iraq.

 

This is an engrossing trip into medieval Persian zoology. Animals are classified as being of the land, sea or air. A paragraph is devoted to each animal, arranged in alphabetical order (Arabic). The Persian name is sometimes given, and often also the Turki and Mongolian equivalents. Then attributes such as the qualities of the animal's flesh, medical uses, and occasionally the magical uses, are also given. The work gives a conspectus of the zoological science of the time.

۩  English translation plus Arabic text, bookmarked, facsimile PDF eBook, 21 Megabytes, xix, 227 pages

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