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The Herbal of al-Ghafiqi Book Launch and Manuscript Viewing

McGill-Queen's University Press has just published The Herbal of al-Ghafiqi. A Facsimile Edition of MS 7508 in the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McGill University, with Critical Essays, edited by F. Jamil Ragep (Director of McGill’s Institute for Islamic Studies) and Faith Wallis (McGill, History and Classical Studies/Social Studies of Medicine).

The manuscript in question is exceptional: a 13th-century illustrated copy of the treatise on materia medica by a physician and scholar from al-Andalus (Muslim Iberia), Abū Jaʿfar al-Ghāfiqī (d. ca. 1165 CE).The Osler manuscript has 468 primary entries for mainly herbal, but also mineral and animal, drugs. It also includes around 2200 secondary entries that provide synonyms in a staggering assortment of languages, including Greek, Sanskrit, Syriac, Persian, Berber, Old Spanish, Latin, Coptic, and Armenian, reflecting the international character of medicine and pharmacy at the time. Complementing the facsimile edition are six essays by eminent scholars who deal with the physical features and history of the manuscript, the philological complexity of the text, Ghāfiqī’s sources, the Andalusian as well as the larger global context of the herbal, and the illustrations accompanying the text.

This event is presented by McGill Medievalists. Anyone with an interest in any aspect of the Middle Ages is welcome to attend this free event.

Wednesday, January 14, 2014
Osler Library of the History of Medicine, McIntyre Medical Building, 3rd floor,
3655 Promenade Sir William Osler, Montreal, Quebec H3G 1Y6
17h00


Congratulations to Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professors Rula Jurdi Abisaab and Malek Abisaab on the publication of their latest book The Shi‘ites of Lebanon. Modernism, Communism, and Hizbullah’s Islamists.

The complex history of Lebanese Shi‘ites has traditionally been portrayed as rooted in religious and sectarian forces. The Abisaabs uncover a more nuanced account in which colonialism, the modern state, social class, and provincial politics profoundly shaped Shi‘i society.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.


Congratulations to Professor F. Jamil Ragep

The Institute of Islamic Studies congratulates Professor F. Jamil Ragep on the publication of The Herbal of al-Ghāfiqī, which he co-edited with Faith Wallis. It is a facsimile edition with critical essays by eminent scholars that discuss the physical features and history of the manuscript, the philological complexity of the text, al-Ghafiqi’s sources, the Andalusian and larger global contexts of the Herbal, and the illustrations accompanying the text.

For more information and to purchase the book, please see here.


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In its academic programmes, the Institute of Islamic Studies focuses on the religion of Islam, on the history and civilization of the Islamic world, and on the dynamics of contemporary Muslim societies.

Founded in 1952, the Institute of Islamic Studies at McGill is a dynamic community devoted to research and teaching in a broad range of related fields and languages. Building on its origins as a place where Muslims and non-Muslims came together to study the multifaceted worlds of Islam and Muslim texts, peoples and cultures, the Institute has always maintained a mix of scholarly, community and other engagements in Montreal, Quebec, Canada and worldwide. Our diversity of perspectives and approaches to Islamic Studies, as well as our local commitments and global engagements, have made the IIS a unique institution in the world.


Institute of Islamic Studies Statement

L'Institut d'études islamiques de l'Université McGill déplore et condamne la montée récente au Québec (ou ailleurs) d'attaques et de propos racistes contre les personnes musulmanes ou perçues comme telles. En tant qu'éducatrices et éducateurs nous consacrant à l'étude de l'Islam dans toutes ses facettes et ses manifestions, nous sommes déterminés à continuer de travailler à l'élaboration et au maintien d'un programme d'études - et d'une société - où toutes et tous, musulmanes comme non-musulmanes, sont traités avec dignité et respect.

The Institute of Islamic Studies deplores and condemns the recent rise in racist statements and attacks in Quebec—and elsewhere--against Muslims and people perceived to be Muslims.  As educators in a university location dedicated to the study of Islam in its many facets and manifestations, we are strongly committed to building and maintaining a program and society in which we all—Muslims and non-Muslims alike—are afforded dignity and respect. 

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