The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts

MOOC
The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts
Language
English
Duration
4 hours course
Certificate
Certification paid
Course by EdX
The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts
What will you learn?
What manuscripts can teach us that other printed works cannot
The basics of three important medical texts Sa’ īd b. Hibat Allāh, al-Mughnī fī Tadbīr al- Amrāḍ (All You Need to Manage Diseases)
Abū ‘Alī Ibn Sīnā (Avicenna), al-Adwiya al- Qalbiyya (On Cardiac Drugs)
Alī b. al-’Abbās al-Majūsī, al-Kāmil fī Ṣinā’at al- Ṭibb (The Complete Art of Medicine)
Some basic premise of medieval Jewish medical training and thought
What paratexts are and how to read them
Cues to lexicography and philology
About the course

This mini-course is a general introduction to both to medieval medicine and to the value of using manuscripts. Professor Y. Tzvi Langermann presents a case study that builds from a unique 15th-century volume in which three important medical manuscripts in Hebrew and Judeo-Arabic (Arabic in Hebrew characters) are sewn together. He will not only walk the student through the basics of medical knowledge training and practice in the Jewish Middle Ages and beyond, but he will also show how clues gleaned from the particular elements of a manuscript (such as marginal notes, mistakes, and handwriting) allow us to learn a great deal that we could not have gleaned from a pristine printed version. The course is made up of eight short video lectures (5-7 minutes each) that explore the fascinating highlights of an extraordinary manuscript.

While no previous knowledge is required, this course will be of most interest to advanced students of Jewish and medieval medicine studies in that it introduces a rare and fascinating medical text from the University of Pennsylvania’s manuscript collections.

Program
The History of Medieval Medicine Through Jewish Manuscripts
Learn about medieval Jewish medical training and thought by exploring and interpreting medical manuscripts.
Lecturers
Y. Tzvi Langermann
Y. Tzvi Langermann
Professor, Department of Arabic Bar-Ilan University, Israel
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