Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives
Thursday, November 1, 2018 - 6:00pm
The Kenan Institute and the Duke Library will hold a two-day symposium on 1-2 November 2018 entitled "Arabic Medicine Conquers Latin Europe, 1050-1300: Methods and Motives," showing how the accomplished Arabic medical writings of the medieval Middle East and Spain were discovered, translated, and assimilated by a previously wholly unsophisticated European world. The symposium will mark the opening of the exhibition of Arabic medical manuscripts at Perkins Library. A keynote lecture by Prof. Cristina Alvarez Millán of the UNED (Madrid), "Arabic Medicine in the World of Classical Islam: Growth and Achievement," will open the symposium and exhibition on the evening of November 1 (Rubenstein 153). A reception will follow. On Friday, November 2 (Rubenstein 249), two panels will track the astonished Europeans as they encounter and assimilated that medicine. Speakers include Eliza Glaze (Coastal Carolina Univ.), Francis Newton (Duke), Michael McVaugh (UNC Chapel Hill), and Joseph Shatzmiller (Duke).