*Journal for the Intellectual History of the Islamicate World*

*Journal for the Intellectual History of the Islamicate World*

Call for papers for 2017 volume on medicine

Editors: Leigh Chipman, Peter E. Pormann, Miri Shefer-Mossensohn

Medicine in the medieval and early modern Middle East was an arena of
multi-faith activity, as the pagan authorities of late antiquity were
transformed in the writings and actions of a variety of practitioners and
theoreticians. We reject the ‘classical’ Orientalist view of Islamic
medicine as mere Arabization of Hellenistic works. We seek here to show how Christians, Jews, Muslims and others, writing in many different languages such as Syriac, Arabic, Hebrew, Persian, and Turkic recast medicine on the basis of earlier books, not necessarily Greek ones, through translations, commentaries, epitomes and other forms of re-writing. While there is place for textual studies of ninth- and tenth-century translations in this volume, the emphasis will be on the so-called ‘post-classical’ period, after Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna, d. 1037), and up to the massive irruption of the European tradition in the late eighteenth century. Aiming to contribute not only new knowledge in the field, but also fresh and up-to-date methodology, we are particularly interested in contributions studying the following topics:

· the role of epitomes and commentaries on Galen and other Greek
authors, as well as of commentaries and supercommentaries on the *Canon of Medicine* (*Qānūn fī al-ṭibb*) and other canonical works in the development of medical theory and practice;

· the under-researched Persian and Ottoman-Turkish medical traditions;

· the connections – intellectual and social – between medicine and
other fields of knowledge, such as philosophy and law, taking into
consideration the polymathic interests of many authors living in the Muslim world;

· the role of institutions in the shaping of the medical traditions;


· the role of non-human agents.

Articles of roughly 8,000 words should be submitted via e-mail by 1 June 2015 to Leigh Chipman (*leigh.chipman@gmail.com* ).
If you would like to contribute, please contact Leigh as soon as possible with any queries. We urge authors to discuss possible topics informally with the editors, before submitting the final article.