Eid, Hajj & the 10th century Priest who wrote the only known health guide for pilgrims to Mecc

Qusta Ibn Luqa (820–912), a Christian Priest, discussed the best regime for his fellow Muslim travellers to the Hajj and the diseases which may befall them and their treatment. His work demonstrated knowledge of the works of ancient physicians and fatigue, earache, diseases of the bronchial tubes and those caused by dust. He recommended remedies, compound drugs, bathing and massage. He then discusses criteria to determine the quality of water, means to improve bad water, and means to quench one’s thirst.

Read More: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Qusta_ibn_Luqa

Images of the Hajj: (Main image, a manuscript commissioned by Iskandar Sultan, grandson of Tamerlane, and ruler of the province of Fars in south-west Iran 1409 –1414). (Others images from the manuscript of Maqamat al-Hariri, Abu Zayd 1237, Iraq).

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