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New Undergraduate Course Supplement 2019

MES 9.01 Islam And Medicine from the Medieval to Modern Eras

What was the place of medicine in medieval Islamic societies? How does medicine inform the social, political and sexual experiences of Muslims living in modernity? In this course students will explore primary and secondary sources describing Islamic medical ethics, drug use, dieting, contagion and sexual practice. Students will learn how ideas of religious devotion, class, sexuality, gender and political legitimacy changed in the medieval to postcolonial Middle East while remaining in constant conversation with medicine. Open to all.

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