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Medieval Islamic Medicine

In this podcast series Peter Pormann of Warwick's Department of Classics and Ancient History explores the history of medical theory and practice in the medieval Islamic world.

  1. Introduction to medieval Islamic medicine
  2. Medical inheritance - cultures and traditions of theory
  3. The translation movement - the spread of ideas
  4. Theory and practice - butchers or healers?
  5. Practitioners in society
  6. Medicine, magic and religion
  7. The medieval in the modern

Introduction to Medieval Islamic Medicine

09:59, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In our first episode Peter provides an introduction to the series and outlines the topics we will explore.

(MP3 format, 10 MB

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Medical inheritance - cultures and traditions of theory

09:58, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In this episode Peter looks at the cultures and traditions from which medieval Islamic medical theory and practice emerged.

(MP3 format, 11 MB

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The translation movement - the spread of ideas

09:57, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In this episode we explore the importance of the translation movement in defining a tradition of Islamic medicine in the medieval period.

(MP3 format, 18 MB

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Theory and Practice - butchers or healers?

09:57, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In this episode Peter discusses the medical theory that underpinned the Islamic tradition and how this was reflected in practice.

(MP3 format, 19 MB

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Practitioners in society

09:56, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In this episode we look at the role of medical practitioners in society and the institutions and environment in which they practiced

(MP3 format, 24 MB

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Medicine, magic and religion

09:55, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In this episode Peter talks about the relationship between medicine, religion and magic.

(MP3 format, 13 MB

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The medieval in the modern

09:55, Tue 31 Jul 2007

In our final episode we examine the impact that the Islamic tradition had on neighbouring cultures and the modern theory and practice of medicine.

(MP3 format, 10 MB

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Medieval Islamic Medicine

Image by permission of the British Library 

Classics and Ancient History

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