How much of a physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

Lecture by Judith Pfeiffer, University of Bonn

Wednesday, May 24, 2017
4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
306 Royce Hall

Rashīd al-Dīn Faḍl Allāh Hamadānī (d. 718/1318) is often introduced as “ṭabīb,” or ‘physician,’ mostly to distinguish him from authors with similar names, notably the epistolographer Rashīd al-Dīn Waṭwāṭ (d. 578/1182). This paper discusses Rashīd al-Dīn’s scholarly persona as a physician. Starting from his epithet, ṭabīb, the paper explores his role as a medical practitioner, patron, and author of scholarly medical treatises, arguing that Rashīd al-Dīn’s name is henceforth to be included in earnest in the history of Islamic medicine.

Cosponsored by the UCLA Iranian Studies program. This event is presented in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies.


Sponsor(s): Program on Central Asia, Iranian Studies