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BBC corrected on Iranian nationality of Avicenna

London, Jan 10, IRNA-The BBC has been politely reminded that the nationality of the great Islamic scholar, Avicenna, is Iranian and not Arab as claimed in one of its recent articles on chromo-therapy on its Arabic website.

Avicenna's mausoleum in Hamedan, Iran

"Avicenna's nationality, as well as his ethnicity from which he comes, is well known to every scholar all across the globe," the Iranian Embassy in London said in a letter to Britain's state-funded broadcaster.

Avicenna's mausoleum in Hamedan, Iran
Iran's Avicenna symbolized complicated links between orient, occident

"I think this error should be dealt with by making necessary amendments to the writer's story in order to firstly prevent any misunderstanding on the part of your readers and secondly avoiding some political impression in balanced reporting," said the letter signed by Hamid Babaei, first secretary of the embassy.

Avicenna, who was a philosopher, physician and scientist, advanced the art of healing using colors in both diagnosis and treatment.

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Born in 980 AD, he authored some 450 books on a wide range of subjects, including amongst his most famous works, The Book of Healing and The Canon of Medicine, which for seven centuries were the standard medical texts at European universities.

For its information, the embassy told the BBC that besides his Persian writings, some of the books he wrote were in Arabic because of his mastery in that language and coincided with the popular era of Islamic scientific research.

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