Jewish Medical Practitioners in the Medieval Muslim World: A Collective Biography (Hardcover)

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This book collects and analyses the available biographical data on 600 Jewish medical practitioners in the Muslim world in the 9-16th centuries. The biographies are based mainly on information gathered from the wealth of primary sources found in the Cairo Geniza (letters, commercial documents, court orders, lists of donors) and Muslim Arabic sources (biographical dictionaries, historical and geographical literature). The practitioners come from various socio-economic strata and lived in urban as well as rural locations in Muslim countries. Both the biographies and the accompanying discussion shed light on various views and aspects of the medicine practised in this period by Muslim, Jews and Christians, as well as issues such as professional, daily and personal lives; successes and failures; families; Jewish communities; and inter-religious affairs.

About the Author

Efraim Lev is Professor in the Department of Israel Studies at the University of Haifa. He had a Post-Doctoral Fellowship at the Wellcome Centre for the History of Medicine at University College London and spent research periods as Overseas Visiting Scholar at St. John's College, Cambridge. His main fields of interest and research are medieval Arabic pharmacology and medicine, and ethno-pharmacology. He won various prizes including the George Urdang Medal for pharmaco-historical writings in 2012.

Product Details
ISBN: 9781474483971
ISBN-10: 1474483976
Publisher: Edinburgh University Press
Publication Date: March 30th, 2021
Pages: 528
Language: English

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