Ahmed Ragab - Richard T. Watson Assistant Professor of Science and Religion

History of Science Department

Center for the Study of World Religions, Room 213

42 Francis Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02138

Lori Holter


Ahmed Ragab is a physician, historian, and scholar of the medieval and modern Middle East, with a medical degree from Cairo University and a doctorate in the history and philosophy of science from the Ecole Pratique des Hautes Etudes in Paris.

Ragab's work includes the history and development of medieval Islamic sciences, the relationship between science and religion in the medieval and modern Middle East, the history of medieval Islamic hospitals, and the intellectual and cultural history of women in the region. His book Al-Qawl al-Sarih fi ilm al-Tashrih: Anatomy, medicine and religion in the Ottoman Middle East is an edition of a rare manuscript on anatomy from eighteenth-century Ottoman Egypt and is set to appear in 2013. He is currently completing two book projects: A Biography of a Hospital: Medicine, Religion and Charity in the Medieval Middle East, which is a study of the medieval Islamic hospital; and In the Name of God the Healer: Prophetic Medicine in the Medieval and Modern Middle East, a study of the development of prophetic medicine from the medieval to the contemporary period. Ragab is also working on a research project on perceptions of bodies, genders, and sexualities in medical, religious, and cultural views in the Islamic world.

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