The Franks (Franj) seen by Usamah Ibn-Munqidh (Rudith Séva)
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The Franks (Franj) seen by Usamah Ibn-Munqidh (Rudith Séva)

Monday 28 February 2005

Quoted from a text by Ibn al-Athir, a Kurdish fighter from the XIIth and XIIIth centuries and the author of chronicles. Here is a description of western medicine. Vocabulary and questions by Rudith Seva.

Usamah Ibn-Munqidh was an Arab who lived through most of the twelfth century.

"Glory to God, the creator and author of all things! Anyone who is acquainted with what concerns the Franj can only glorify and sanctify God the All-Powerful; for he has seen in them animals who are superior in courage and in zeal for fighting else, just as beasts are superior in strength and aggressiveness. […]
Among the curiosities of medicine among the Franj, I will tell how

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