Islamic Medicines and Healing
GMS MA 682
This medical anthropology course explores the social history of medicine and healing traditions among Muslims: 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 the emergence of alternative medicines. Primary and secondary historical sources and contemporary ethnographic accounts complement students' own research projects in the seminar. 3 cr, Fall sem. Th 3:30-6:15, Charles River Campus. (Students needing a 4th credit should speak with the instructor about adding a single- credit directed study).