Al-Harith ibn Kalada

Al-Harith ibn Kaladah (Arabic: الحارث بن كلدة; d. 13 AH/634–35) was, according to traditional sources, the oldest known Arab physician and a companion of the Islamic Prophet Muhammad.[1] He is said to have traveled to Gundeshapur in search of medical knowledge before the advent of Islam.[2]


  1. Dols, Michael W. (1983). "The Leper in Medieval Islamic Society". Medieval Academy of America. 58 (4): 891–916. JSTOR 2853789.
  2. Shahid, Irfan (2010). Byzantium and the Arabs in the Sixth Century, Part 2. Harvard University Press. p. 179. ISBN 0884023478.

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