How Much of a Physician was Rashīd al-Dīn?

Lecture by Judith Pfeiffer, University of Bonn

Wednesday, October 18, 2017
4:00 PM - 6:00 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.

This event is cosponsored by the Pourdavoud Center for the Study of the Iranian World and presented in collaboration with the Center for Near Eastern Studies.

NOTE: This lecture was rescheduled from spring 2017.


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