Cornell University

Ahmed Ragab, "Sick!: Patienthood in Islamic Clinical Cultures”

Thursday, September 20, 2018 at 4:30pm

Klarman Hall, KG42
232 East Ave, Ithaca, NY 14853

What does it mean to be sick? How did medieval and early modern Muslims experience illness? What sort of physical, emotional and metaphysical experiences did they go through or deploy to make sense of their conditions? Is there a good sick and bad sick?

 

This talk investigates the experience of illness at the intersection of medical and religious discourses. It looks at how narratives of public piety and morality, which were influenced in large part by Galenic medical writings, impacted medieval and early modern Muslim piety, and the role played by the experience of illness in formulating different pietistic performances and dispositions. The talk explores discourses of self-care and physical and spiritual piety and how they developed in medical and religious narratives.

Sponsored by the Global Early Modern Studies Colloquium, Science and Technology Studies, Near Eastern Studies, Religious Studies, and the Comparative Muslim Societies Program.

 

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