Ibn Jumay‘

Abū al-Makārim Hibat Allāh ibn Zayn al-Dīn Ibn Jumay‘ (died 1198 / AH 594) was an Egyptian Jewish physician, chief physician at the court of Saladin.[1]


Ibn Jumay‘ was born to a Jewish family in Fustat, Egypt. He studied with the physician Ibn al-‘Aynzarbī (died 1153/AH 548) and entered the service of Saladin.[2][3] According to Ibn Abi Usaibia's Lives of the Physicians, Ibn Jumay‘ wrote eight works on medical-related subjects.

A contemporary of Moses Maimonides, Ibn Jumay‘ "became famous for having prevented a person having a cataleptic fit from being buried alive. He was the author of a number of medical writings, including al-Irshād li-maṣāliḥ, dedicated to al-Baysanī, the vizier to Saladin, and completed by Ibn Jumay‘ al-Isrā’īlī's son Abū Tahir Ismā‘īl."[3]



  1. Other name forms: Abu-'l-Makārim Hibatallāh Ibn-Gumaiʻ; Ibn Jumi‘; Ibn Gumay‘
  2. Fähndrich, Hartmut (1997). "Ibn Jumay'". In Helaine Selin. Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Springer. pp. 421–2. ISBN 978-0-7923-4066-9. Retrieved 29 July 2012.
  3. 1 2 Islamic Medical Manuscripts at the National Library of Medicine, United States National Library of Medicine

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