Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine


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About the Book

An authoritative reference work for anyone interested in herbal medicine, this book provides unprecedented insight into Prophetic phytotherapy, 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. Combining classical Arabic primary sources with an exhaustive survey of modern scientific studies, this encyclopedia features a multidisciplinary approach which should prove useful for both practitioners and followers of herbal medicine. Entries include each herb’s botanical and alternate names, a summary of its “prophetic prescription,” its properties and uses, and a guide to related contemporary scientific studies.

About the Author(s)

John Andrew Morrow received his Ph.D. from the University of Toronto. He has worked at numerous colleges and universities in Canada and the United States. He has authored a large number of works, primarily in Hispanic, Native, and Islamic Studies.

Bibliographic Details

John Andrew Morrow

Format: softcover (7 x 10)
Pages: 232
Bibliographic Info: glossary, notes, bibliography, index
Copyright Date: 2011
pISBN: 978-0-7864-4707-7
eISBN: 978-0-7864-5643-7
Imprint: McFarland

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments ix

Note on Arabic Transliteration 1

Introduction 3

The Encyclopedia

Glossary of Technical Terms 201

Bibliography 208

Index 213

Book Reviews & Awards

  • “Morrow has created an authoritative resource”—Library Journal
  • “Well-researched…valuable”—Against the Grain
  • “This title is a welcome addition to the body of reference works on complementary and alternative medicine…recommended…quite impressive”—ARBA
  • “An abundance of information and insights…a very interesting book”—The American Journal of Islamic Social Sciences
  • “This work is a serious and extensive effort to link the past with the present and to establish a continuum based on our expanding knowledge in life sciences. It is a welcome contribution to the growing Western library on herbal medicine from the rich and largely unexplored realms of the East”—HerbalGram
  • “The Encyclopedia of Islamic Herbal Medicine is destined to become a seminal work on an important aspect of the life and work of the Prophet Muhammad that deserves wider appreciation. Prophetic herbalism, passed down by Muhammad through the twelve Imams to generations of Muslims, has never before been so exhaustively researched and clearly explained. The result is an authoritative reference work for anyone interested in Islamic herbalism in particular, and in herbal medicine and the development of medicines from plants in general—subjects that link East and West and affect us all, regardless of nationality or beliefs.”—Deni Bown, author and photographer