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Nahyan Abdul Ghaffar Fancy
DePauw University (Greencastle, IN 46135-1736)

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$60,000 (approved)
$60,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2022

In Ibn al-Nafis’s Shadow: Arabic Medical Commentaries in the Post-Classical Period (1200-1520)

Research and writing leading to a book on Late Medieval Arabic medicine and the Arab scholarly critique of the Galenic school of Avicenna/Ibn Sina,

This project analyzes, for the first time, medical issues that attracted the interests of eight Islamic commentators on the *Canon of Medicine* and its abridgment, *The Epitome*, between 1200 and 1520 CE. It helps define the main contours of medical thought during a period often mischaracterized as one of “decline.” It highlights the intellectual rigor of the commentarial discussions that helped modify and transform existing medical theory. The project also situates the debates and discussions of these Arabic commentaries within the intellectual, institutional and social contexts of post-1200 Islamic societies, revealing the intertwined nature of medicine, philosophy and religion. Finally, by studying both the textual content and manuscript marginalia and notes, the project pays close attention to how medical commentaries were produced, disseminated, used and studied.