Born in Persia more than a thousand years ago, Ibn Sina was one of the greatest thinkers of his time — a philosopher, scientist and physician who made significant discoveries, especially in the field of medicine, and wrote more than one hundred books. As a child, Ibn Sina was extremely bright, a voracious reader who loved to learn and was fortunate to have the best teachers. He memorized the Qur’an by the age of ten and completed his medical studies at sixteen. He spent his life traveling, treating the sick, seeking knowledge through research, and writing about his discoveries. He came up with new theories in the fields of physics, chemistry, astronomy and education. His most famous work is The Canon of Medicine, a collection of books that were used for teaching in universities across the Islamic world and Europe for centuries. Ibn Sina’s story, told in the first person and beautifully illustrated, provides a fascinating glimpse into the life of one of the great intellects of the past.
About the Author
Fatima Sharafeddine is a Lebanese writer who has twice been nominated for the prestigious Astrid Lindgren Memorial Award. After receiving a B.A. in Early Childhood Education, she pursued graduate studies in the United States. She now divides her time between Beirut and Brussels, where she writes and translates full time.
Intelaq Mohammed Ali is an award-winning Iraqi illustrator based in Iran with thirty years’ experience in children’s culture. She has won awards for her written work and illustration, receiving the Golden Pen of Belgrade four times. Her work has also been recognized by the White Ravens catalogue (International Youth Library, Germany) and was featured in a Bologna Illustrator’s Exhibition. She was named to the IBBY Honor List for her illustrations in the original edition of The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta, published in the United Arab Emirates. She lives in Qum, Iran.