Islamic Medicines and Healing

GMS MA 682

Explores the social history of medicine and healing traditions among diverse Muslim cultures: the role of the Prophet Muhammad as model and source of health and medicine; the emergence of classical Islamic medicine as synthesis of and innovation on Greek traditions; the influence of legal/moral traditions in regulating and preserving public health; the development of hospitals in the Muslim world; the influence of Sufi philosophy, practices, and the proliferation of shrines on healing traditions; the effects of emerging biomedical practice introduced from the West; the "revival" of Islamic medicine, and ethnographic accounts of healing traditions in diverse cultural contexts. 3 cr, Fall sem.

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