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Islam, Medicine, and Science: A Panel Discussion

Wednesday, November 13, 2013 - 1:00pm to 2:30pm
John Cotton Dana Library

Dana Room, Fourth Floor

Nükhet Varlik, Ph.D., and Nahyan Fancy, Ph.D.
For more info:
Ann Watkins
973 353 3809

On Wednesday, November 13th, 2013, at 1:00 pm, Dana Library will host a panel discussion, “Islam, Medicine and Science,” featuring Nükhet Varlik, Ph.D., and Nahyan Fancy, Ph.D. What were some of the developments that took place in science and medicine in pre-modern Islamic societies? How can we understand these developments from the perspective of the historical scientists and physicians themselves? What was the relationship between science and religion at this time? The presentation will address these questions while highlighting some of the problems with the way they have been traditionally answered in the scholarly and popular literature.

Our speakers include Nükhet Varlik and Nahyan Fancy, specialists in the history of Islamic science and Medicine. Dr. Varlik, an assistant professor in the Department of History, Faculty of Arts and Sciences-Newark, has published and presented on plagues and contagion in the Ottoman Empire during the mid-14th through the 17th centuries. Earning her Ph.D. from the University of Chicago in 2008, Dr. Varlik teaches courses in the history of Islamic civilization, the Ottoman Empire, and Science, Technology and Medicine in Islamic Civilization.

Dr. Fancy is an associate professor of history at DePauw University and is currently a visiting scholar in medieval studies and associate fellow at the Rutgers Center for Historical Analysis. In July 2013, Routledge released his new book, Science and Religion in Mamluk Egypt: Ibn al-Nafis, Pulmonary Transit and Bodily Resurrection, which is part of the publisher's "Culture and Civilization in the Middle East" series of titles. Dr. Fancy received his Ph.D. from the University of Notre Dame in 2006 and joined the faculty of DePauw in 2008. At the University, he teaches courses about the Middle East in the medieval and modern eras as well as the history of science and medicine.