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Muslim Medical Heritage

Muslim Medical Heritage



Islamic civilisation developed a system of healthcare that, at its apogee, was envied by both friend and foe. Therefore, medicine evolved into a highly complex and variegated discipline from the seventh to the twenty-first century in the various lands of Islam. Medicine transcended the confines of country and creed, as physicians from diverse religious, linguistic, and ethnic backgrounds shared in its scientific discourse. Islamic medicine also had a profound impact on surrounding cultures, notably the European university medicine as it developed from the twelfth century onwards. It survives today, in modified form, in many Muslim countries, and among Muslim communities across the world. The present course aims at capturing the dynamism and interest that existed in the medical tradition as it unfolded in the Middle East during the medieval period. This will allow medical practitioners to develop a greater cultural and historical awareness, thus helping them to reflect and improve their own practice.