The Amazing Discoveries of Ibn Sina
Written by Fatima Sharafeddine
Illustrated by Intelaq Mohammed Ali
Publication Date March 25, 2015
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.
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 moved from Lebanon to the United States, where she earned a master’s degree in education and another in Arabic literature. She is an active member of the Lebanese section of IBBY (LBBY) and has written more than one hundred books for children, including The Servant and The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta, also illustrated by Intelaq Mohammed Ali.
She now divides her time between Beirut and Brussels, where she writes and translates full time.
Intelaq Mohammed Ali
Intelaq Mohammed Ali is an Iraqi illustrator, graphic designer and author with thirty years’ experience in the field of children’s culture. Her illustrations and writing have appeared in more than eighty books and magazines for children and adults, and she has made thirty-two animations. Her work has been exhibited in more than fifty international shows, winning a total of nine awards in Japan, Jordan, Iran and Lebanon.
The Amazing Travels of Ibn Battuta, first published in the United Arab Emirates and illustrated by Intelaq Mohammed Ali, was selected for the IBBY Honour List, and Hakaza tatagayar alalwan (Thus the Colors Change), which she wrote and illustrated, has been reviewed in the White Ravens Catalogue (International Youth Library, Germany).
Intelaq has been selected as a jury member for the Etisalat Award for Arabic Children’s Literature and the Sharjah Exhibition for Children’s Book Illustration. She has actively participated in many international workshops and seminars, including the UNESCO-BIB Workshop for Illustrators of Children’s Books in Bratislava, Slovakia, and the first IBBY Regional Conference for Central Asia, the Middle East and North Africa in Sharjah, UAE.
"Readers will learn much about his contributions to the fields of philosophy, education, and medicine." Publishers Weekly
"A universal celebration of curiosity and the unrelenting pursuit of knowledge." Brain Pickings
"The personal telling adds immediacy to this fascinating story. . . . Highly recommended." CM Magazine