|Biographical detail : ||The first Muslim scientist who contributed to Zoology, Botany and Animal Husbandry.
Al-Asmaiís contributions, in addition to science, were also in Arabic poetry. He had an outstanding knowledge of the Arabic grammar and lexicography of classical Arabic. He also compiled an anthology of pre-Islamic Arabic poetry called al Asma Iyyat. Several of his works were translated into European languages.
Al-Asmaiís famous writings include Kitab al-Ibil, Kitab al-Khalil, Kitab al-Wuhush, Kitab al-Sha, and Kitab Khalq al-Insan. The last book on the human anatomy demonstrates his considerable knowledge and expertise of the subject. His work was popular among scientists of the ninth and tenth centuries.
Al-Asmai was a disciple of Amr Ibn alíala, and was a tutor to Harun Rashidís son.
Al-Asmai whose full name was Abdul Malik Ibn al-Quraib al-Asmai was born in Basra.