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Min al-Kīmiyā’ ad Alchimiam. The Transmission of Alchemy from the Arab-Muslim world to the Latin West in the Middle Ages (2020)


This article is the first study entirely dedicated to the transmission of alchemy from the Arab-Muslim world to the Latin West in the Middle Ages. Its first part is an analysis of the concept of alchemy in the Arabic tradition and in the Latin literature of the twelfth and thirteenth centuries in order to stress the elements of doctrine that passed from one cultural area to the other. The second part of this article is a commented list of the alchemical Latin texts that are, could be, or pretend to be translations from the Arabic. The article also presents some new discoveries among which two are of special importance: the identification by the author of the Arabic original of the "Liber ad filium suum of Alphidius" (Asfīdiyūs, i.e. Secundus the silent), and the identification by Marion Dapsens and the author of the Arabic original of a short Latin text attributed to Prince Khālid b. Yazīd.

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Authors & Contributors
Bertolacci, Amos
Garofalo, Ivan
Burnett, Charles
Filius, Lou
Oppenraay, Aaflee M. I. Van
De Young, Gregg
Micrologus: Nature, Sciences and Medieval Societies
Galenos: Rivista di Filologia dei Testi Medici Antichi
Medicina nei Secoli - Arte e Scienza
Suhayl: Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation
Micrologus: Natura, Scienze e Società Medievali
Bollettino di Storia delle Scienze Matematiche
Edizioni Cadmo
Cambridge University Press
Librairie Philosophique J. Vrin
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Latin language
Arabic language
Cross-cultural interaction; cultural influence
Albertus Magnus
Ibn al-Nadim, Abu Al-Faraj Muhammad Ibn Ishaq
Scot, Michael
Time Periods
13th century
12th century
16th century
Mediterranean region
Basel (Switzerland)
Andalusia (Spain)
Florence (Italy)

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