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Origins & continuities in writing the history of science: Ahmed Ragab, Oct. 15, 2015

In the search of a good story:
Origins and continuities in writing the history of science

Thursday, October 15, 2015 at 4:00pm
Crosby Seminar Room, 2nd Floor East Side, 240 Northrop

Free and open to the public


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Ahmed Ragab is the Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion and Director of the Science, Religion and Culture Program at Harvard Divinity School, and Affiliate Assistant professor in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. A physician, historian, and scholar of the medieval and modern Middle East, with a medical degree from Cairo University and a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science from the Ecole Pratiques des Hautes Etudes in Paris, he was a researcher at the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique in Cairo, where he directed the organization’s Science and Religion and the History of Science programs. In 2008, he was a researcher for the project “Public Policies, Professional Practices and Agents’ Conduct Regarding the Risk of Avian Flu (Egypt, France, India, Niger, UK, Vietnam).” From 2003 to 2007, he served as a physician at the Kasr al-Aini Cairo University Teaching Hospital.

Ragab’s work includes the history and development of medieval Islamic sciences, the relationship between science and religion in the medieval and modern Middle East, the history of medieval Islamic hospitals, and the intellectual and cultural history of women in the region. He has completed monographic studies of institutionalization and modernization in medieval and early modern science and medicine within Islamic cultures and he writes on contemporary questions at the foundations of science, religion, and culture. Ragab is also the author of numerous articles and book sections and papers. His book Al-Qawl al-Sarih fi ilm al-Tashrih: Anatomy, medicine and religion in the Ottoman Middle East is an edition of a rare manuscript on anatomy from eighteenth-century Ottoman Egypt and is set to appear in 2013.

He is currently completing two book projects: A Biography of a Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity in the Medieval Middle East, which is a study of the medieval Islamic hospital; and In the Name of God the Healer: Prophetic Medicine in the Medieval and Modern Middle East, a study of the development of prophetic medicine from the medieval to the contemporary period. Ragab is also working on a research project on perceptions of bodies, genders, and sexualities in medical, religious, and cultural views in the Islamic world. He is also a member of the Commission on History of Science and Technology in Islamic Societies.

This event is cosponsored with the Program in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, the Center for Early Modern History, the Center for Medieval Studies, the Consortium for the Study of the Premodern World, the Religious Studies Program, the Department of History, and the Mediterranean Studies Research Collaborative.

Ragab will also speak on Friday, October 16, at 3:30pm on How to be a Patient: Patienthood and Medical Thinking in the Medieval Islamicate World for the HSTM colloquium.

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