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Medicine on the Different Shores of the Mediterranean: Scientific Discourse...

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Join us for the first in a special series of public lectures exploring Classical Arab-Islamic civilisation through science, art and literature.

The medical tradition which developed in the lands of Islam from the seventh century AD onwards is rich and varied. Its history stretches over more than a millennium, and involves people of many languages (Arabic, Persian, Turkish, Syriac, Hebrew) and faiths (Muslims, Jews, Christians, Zoroastrians, and pagans).

In this special public lecture hosted in the beautiful surroundings of the Royal College of Surgeons’ Playfair Building, Professor Peter Pormann (Manchester University) will explore the emergence and development of Islamic medicine, medical theory and practice, patients and practitioners, popular medicine (including the medicine of the prophet) and the enduring legacy of this tradition today.

Illustrations, diagrams, and artefacts will feature as we journey back to a golden age of scientific discovery and advance. Throughout the lecture the many links between ‘East’ and ‘West’ will be highlighted which reveal that the scientific medical tradition that emerged in the medieval Islamic world is very much part and parcel of our own medical tradition, thus transcending country and creed.

Followed by a non-alcoholic drinks and nibbles reception.

(The above image depicts physicians in deep discussion, drinking during a dinner party. From the chapter on ‘wine and pleasure’ of the Physicians’ Dinner Party (Daʿwat al-aṭibbāʾ) by Ibn Buṭlān (d. 1066). MS 39-69, fol. 20b. Reproduced courtesy of the L.A. Mayer Museum for Islamic Art, Jerusalem, Israel / Photograph: Daniela Golan)

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