Dissertation/Thesis Abstract

Medicine, merchants, and materia medica: The connected world of the medieval Islamicate Mediterranean
by Ghazal, Mohammad Amer, M.A., California State University, Long Beach, 2012, 113; 1517631
Abstract (Summary)

Many assessments of the development of the history of medieval Islamicate medicine have not emphasized its interactions and exchanges across the Mediterranean littoral. Utilizing a connected histories approach that emphasizes the flow of people, commodities, and ideas and relying on the primary writings of medieval Islamicate physicians, biographers, and Cairo Genizah merchants, this study argues that the history of Islamicate medicine provides considerable insights into the networks of material and immaterial exchange in the ninth- to thirteenth-century Mediterranean. This thesis approaches the connected history of Islamicate medicine in three manners: an examination of itinerant physicians traveling for knowledge and medical practice, three case-studies tracing the flow of materia medica, and an investigation of the mentalité of connectedness in the medico-geographical writings of Islamicate physicians.

Indexing (document details)
Advisor: Berberian, Houri
School: California State University, Long Beach
School Location: United States -- California
Source: MAI 51/01M(E), Masters Abstracts International
Subjects: Middle Eastern history, World History, Medieval history
Publication Number: 1517631
ISBN: 978-1-267-46033-2
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