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

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Commentaries and the Emergence of non-Galenic, non-Avicennan Medical Theories (Conference Paper/Presentation)
Title: Commentaries and the Emergence of non-Galenic, non-Avicennan Medical Theories
Author: Nahyan Fancy
Abstract: Using examples from 8 Arabic medical commentaries composed between the 1160s and 1520, I show that: a) Medicine did not go into decline in the post-1200 period in Islamic societies; b) Ibn al-Nafis (d. 1288) and his new interventions and transformations of medical theory were engaged with, accepted and/or subsequently transformed in the later period taking Arabic medicine beyond the pale of the Greek tradition; c) these new developments were themselves indebted to a new style of commentary that encouraged such systematic investigations and evaluations of theory; and d) far from medicine and philosophy going their separate ways in this period, physicians remained conversant in philosophy in this period since at least three of these 8 commentaries were the most copied and used medical works by medical practitioners for the next 500 years across the Islamic world.
Date: 11/29/2021
Conference Name: Medicine, Magic and Healing (Institute of Arab and Islamic Studies, University of Exeter)


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