Al-Kindi



Al-Kindi General Hospital, one of the biggest medical centres in present day Baghdad was named after the tremendous contributions in medical and pharmaceutical disciplines of the great Arab philosopher al-Kindi.

Al-Kindi was best known as a philosopher, but he was also a physician, pharmacist, He was also concerned with music, physicist, mathematician, geographer, astronomer, and chemist.

Human virtues seem to preoccupy Al-Kindi greatly but without overshadowing the importance and value of divine virtues. The way to worldly happiness, he says, is to reduce to a minimum all external possessions, which cause only sorrow, and the way to other worldly happiness is to know God and to perform those actions, which we know bring us nearer to him



On the scientific front, Al-Kindi plays a central role in Islamic scholarship for two principal reasons:

– his early role in establishing a scientific methodology;

– the diversity of subjects he addressed.

Al-Kindi refutes his Greek predecessors in every single discipline, which thus, once more proves that the assertion found in most Western books of his being a mere disciple of Greek science is groundless; Al-Kindi’s work in the laboratory is reported by a witness who said: “I received the following description, or recipe, from Abu Yusuf Ya’qub b. Ishaq Al-Kindi, and I saw him making it and giving it an addition in my presence.” As for scientific rigour, Al-Kindi is also the symbol of Islamic deviation from previous Greek practices of associating folklore and myths with science.

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