Study of Stylistic Features of the Book “Favayed Al-afzaliyeh”

Document Type: Original Article


1 Ph.D. Student of Persian Language and Literature, Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

2 Professor of Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran

3 Associate Professor of Shiraz University, Shiraz, Iran


This paper explores the style of the book "Favayed Al-afzaliyeh" authored by Ali Afzal Qatea Qazvini. He is one of the renowned and prolific physicians of the Safavid era, who despite medical profession and writing several valuable books, has been paid less attention by researches. Among his writings, "Favayed Al-afzaliyeh" is the Encyclopedia of Medicine and Pharmacology. According to many researchers, this book is the most important, most detailed and most comprehensive medical treatises of the Safavid era. In this paper, the stylistic features of "Favayed Al-afzaliyeh" are studied from the viewpoints of thought, literature and language. The result of this study shows that the above-mentioned book is a moral and advisory work in addition to mentioning comprehensive medical issues; according to its scientific structure, it has excellent literary traits. Linguistic features of this work, despite a relatively long period from Khorasani style, is yet adaptable to it. Of course, this does not mean that style of "Favayed Al-afzaliyeh" is devoid of the linguistic features of its own era.