Rashidun al-Suri

Born on 1177

Died on 1241

Rashidun al-Suri;

(Arabic: Rashidudin as-Sury رشيد الدين الصوري‎, 1177–1241) was a leading physician and botanist in the Islamic world in the 13th century. He served the leading figures of the Ayyubid dynasty.

Al-Suri was born and brought up in Tyre, then part of the Crusader-ruled Lebanon and derives his name al-Suri from the name of the city in Arabic “Sur”. After completing his preliminary education in Tyre, he moved to Jerusalem, under Ayyubid control, where he served as a physician at a hospital. He later met and greatly impressed the Ayyubid sultan al-Adil in the early 13th century. Al-Adil brought al-Suri to Cairo and made him his personal physician. He also served al-Adil’s son, al-Mu’azzam and grandson, an-Nasir Dawud, the successive governors of Damascus.

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