Videos

The Piety of Health - Ahmed Ragab, MD, PhD

The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Book Discussion --- CSWR

The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion, and Charity

Professors Shaghisa Kuriyama, Charles Stang and Roy Mottahedeh discusses "The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity" --- Hosted by Center for the Study of World Religions

Islamic Hospitals in Medieval Egypt and the Levant

Islamic Hospitals in Medieval Egypt and the Levant -- Ottoman History Podcast

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.

Body and Soul in the Study of Religions

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.

Lecture to Inaugurate the Richard T. Watson Professorship of Science and Religion

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.

Knowledge Will Set You Free: Critique As an Ethic of Liberation

Ahmed Ragab, Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion at Harvard Divinity School, spoke at the School's Diversity and Explorations Program on November 6, 2013.