Old Ireland’s Islamic link

10th March, 2019
Avicenna was written by Persian physician Ibn Sena

In light of the raging debate on the state of our health service, it is interesting to learn that medical scholarship in medieval Gaelic Ireland was on a par with that practised on the continent, and was the most outward-looking of all native branches of learning.

A seminar in Dublin last week focused on the discovery of a 15th-century Irish manuscript which reveals a connection between Gaelic Ireland and Islam. In medieval times, state-of-the-art medical...

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