From Baghdad to Cairo to Edirne, hospitals were major and integral components of medieval and early modern Islamic cities. But what role did they play in these cities and their societies? Were they sites for the development of medical knowledge? In this podcast, Professor Ahmed Ragab examines the history and significance of hospitals in Mamluk Egypt and Syria. He argues that we must view these medieval hospitals as charitable institutions that provided needed services and drugs to the urban poor, rather than the early progenitors of our modern medical institutions. Over the course of the interview we explore how these hospitals functioned as charitable institutions, what type of medical theories and treatments they employed, why medieval rulers regarded them as so important, and why their importance decreased after the sixteenth century.
Professor Ragab sits with Nir Shafir.
Participants in a panel discussion on September 13 at the CSWR examined the terms 'Body' and 'Soul,' which have a long-held place in religious traditions. The discussion featured Mara Block, doctoral candidate of theology and ethics; Michael D. Jackson, Distinguished Visiting Professor of World Religions; Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion; and Mayra Rivera Rivera, Assistant Professor of Theology and Latina/o Studies.
On March 29, 2012, Ahmed Ragab delivered the lecture inaugurating his appointment as the Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion at HDS. Ragab joined the Divinity School in July 2011. He was a visiting lecturer at HDS for the 2009 fall semester and since 2008 had been a postdoctoral fellow and then lecturer in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard.