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Author Tīfāshī, Aḥmad ibn Yūsuf, d. 1253 or 4.

Title Arab roots of gemology : Ahmad ibn Yusuf al Tifaschi's Best thoughts on the best of stones / translated and with commentary by Samar Najm Abul Huda.

Published Lanham, Md. : Scarecrow Press, 1998.

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 UniM Bail  553.8 TIFA    AVAILABLE
Uniform title Azhār al-afkār fī jawāhir al-aḥjār. English
Physical description xix, 271 p. : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (p. 255-259) and index.
Contents Introduction / John Sinkankas -- Pt. I. General. 1. Background. 2. Gemological Terminology Used by Ahmad al Tifaschi in the Thirteenth Century. 3. Weights and Measures Used in the Thirteenth Century -- Pt. II. Azhar al Afkar fi Djawahir al Ahdjar -- Different Versions of al Tifaschi's Manuscript -- Facsimile of Manuscript -- English Translation -- Pt. III. Individual Gemstones. 4. Pearl (Djawhar). 5. Ruby, Sapphire, and the Other Corundum Varieties (Yaqut, Yaqut asmandjuni, and Yawaqeet ukhra). 6. Emerald (Zumurrud). 7. Peridot (Zabardjad). 8. Spinel (Balakhsh). 9. Garnet (Banafsh, also called Mazendj or almandine garnet). 10. Tourmaline (Badjadi, also called Bijadi, Bazadi, Bizadi). 11. Diamond (Almas or Mas). 12. Moonstone Cat's Eye ('Ain al Hirr). 13. Bezoar (Bazahr). 14. Turquoise (Fairuzadj). 15. Cornelian (Carnelian) ('Aqiq). 16. Agate (Djaz'). 17. Magnetite (Maghnatis). 18. Emery (Common Corundum) (Sunbazadj). 19. Malachite (Dahnadj).
20. Lapis Lazuli (Lazuward or Lazward). 21. Coral (Mardjan). 22. Jet (Sabadj). 23. Amethyst (Djimashtt). 24. Hematite (Khumahan). 25. Jade (Nephrite) (Yashm). 26. Jasper (Yassb). 27. Rock Crystal (Billawr or Ballur). 28. Talc (Talq) -- Pt. IV. Analysis of Gemology in al Tifaschi. 29. Fashioning, Grinding, and Polishing of Gemstones. 30. Imitation and Synthesis of Gemstones.
Language notes Text also in Arabic.
Subject Precious stones -- Early works to 1800.
Gem cutting -- Arab countries -- Early works to 1800.
ISBN 0810832941 (cloth : alk. paper)