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Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine Paperback – October 4, 2011

ISBN-13: 978-0786447077 ISBN-10: 0786447079

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  • Paperback: 235 pages
  • Publisher: McFarland (October 4, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0786447079
  • ISBN-13: 978-0786447077
  • Product Dimensions: 9.8 x 7.1 x 0.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 14.9 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,707,757 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"[D]estined to become a seminal work... Prophetic herbalism...has never before been so exhaustively researched and clearly explained... [A]n authoritative reference work for anyone interested in Islamic herbalism in particular, and in herbal medicine and the development of medicines from plants in general."Deni Bown

"This encyclopedia draws on modern scientific research as well as classical Arabic sources." Reference & Research Book News, Inc.

"Bottom line: Academic health sciences, life sciences, and Islamic Studies studies libraries will want to add this resource on a little-covered topic to their collections." --Barbara M. Bibel

"This title is a welcome addition to the body of reference works on complementary and alternative medicine, and is recommended for purchase by academic libraries, the libraries of schools of alternative medicine, and public libraries..." Kenneth M. Frankel,  American Reference Books Annual

"Morrow provides a solidly researched, authoritative work on a fascinating topic little known outside the Islamic world. Naturally, practitioners and followers of herbal medicine will be drawn to this title." Tom Gilson, Associate Editor, Against the Grain

"[D]estined to become a seminal work... Prophetic herbalism...has never before been so exhaustively researched and clearly explained... [A]n authoritative reference work for anyone interested in Islamic herbalism in particular, and in herbal medicine and the development of medicines from plants in general."Deni Bown

"This encyclopedia draws on modern scientific research as well as classical Arabic sources." --Reference & Research Book News, Inc.

"Morrow has created an authoritative resource." --Library Journal

About the Author

Dr. John Andrew Morrow is a professor, research scholar, and author, specializing in Hispanic Studies, Native Studies, and Arabic-Islamic Studies.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By K. Frankel on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
Since the 1970s, traditional Asian medical systems such as acupuncture and Ayurveda have gradually and steadily grown in popularity with U.S. consumers seeking complementary and alternative treatments for health issues. These systems have a number of similar philosophical bases and treatment modalities in common, including tailoring treatments to the unique constitution of the patient, employment of pulse and tongue diagnosis, and the use of massage, herbal medicine, and diet as interventions. Another system of traditional medicine, generally known as Unani Tibb, is widespread throughout the Muslim world, ranging from Morocco to Indonesia, but has yet to achieve the same level of prominence as its Chinese and Indian counterparts in the West, and remains little known here. Unani Tibb's historical roots lie in the medicine of the ancient Greek and medieval Arab physicians, such as Hippocrates, Galen, and Avicenna. It is based on a system of four temperaments, and was also the predominant form of medicine practiced in the West until the rise of allopathic medicine. This work focuses exclusively on one particular aspect of Unani Tibb, Prophetic phytology, which is herbal medicine based on the prescriptions of the prophet Muhammad, as discussed in the Qur'an, the Hadith, and the writings of the Twelve Imams of Shi'ism.

The introductory section covers the historical development and current status of this system of herbal medicine. The main body of the encyclopedia consists of entries on the individual herbs, which are typically from one to three pages in length, and are listed alphabetically by their English names.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By R. Lee Hadden on June 27, 2012
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This book is an interesting review of the herbal prescriptions of the Prophet Mohammed (PBUH) mentioned in the Holy Qu'ran, and for the Shi'ites, the Twelve Imams. This "Prophetic herbalism" does not include other sources, such as Islamic (Unani) or Arab practices, which may be traditional, but do not necessarily come from the holy scriptures. Nor does it include the classic Greek, Chinese, Persian or Indian medical authorities, unless they mention the Prophetic properties as well. Prophetic phytotherapy is a branch of herbal medicine which relies exclusively on the herbal prescriptions of the prophet Muhammad and is little known outside of the Muslim world.
However, the 100 herbs mentioned in this encyclopedia include the Family name, the botanical name, and the various common names (modern European languages, Latin, modern Standard Arabic, Unani/Urdu, etc.) of the herbs. This is followed with a safety rating for each item. Then there is a section of Prophetic prescriptions, that quotes the authorities on the application and use of this item.
Then there is a section on the issues of identification. Since the time of the Prophet, many herbs are no longer the same as they once were, but through in-breeding and cultivation over 1400 years have changed from the way they were originally described. Sometimes the names have been wrongly identified in translations into other languages. This encyclopedia tries to clean these names and to identify the actual ones mentioned by Mohammed.
Then there is a section on the properties and uses of this herb, with some discussion on current medical research of the plant. Finally, there is a good section on the notes and footnotes for each section.
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By Betty Andrade on January 5, 2014
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Great for info not easily found in American herbal books. Exposing ourselves to herbs around the world increases our options in health maintainence.
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By Mobasshir on July 11, 2012
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A very well written book with a treasure trove of new information that is well researched and documented. A very highly recommended resource for anyone.
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