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Housni Alkhateeb Shehada's Mamluks and Animals: Veterinary Medicine in Medieval Islam is the first comprehensive study of veterinary medicine, its practitioners and its patients in the medieval Islamic world, with special emphasis on the Mamluk period (1250-1517). Based on a large variety of sources, it is a history of a scientific field that is also examined from social and cultural perspectives. Horses, as well as birds of prey used for hawking and falconry, were at the centre of the veterinary literature of that period, but the treatment and cure of other animals was not totally neglected. The Mamluk period is presented here as the time when veterinary medicine reached its pinnacle in medieval Islam and often even surpassed human medicine.  592 p.

Series: Sir Henry Wellcome Asian Series, Volume 11


Authors expertises affiliations

  • Housni Alkhateeb Shehada. Senior lecturer at the Levinsky College of Education in Tel Aviv (Israel); and Head of the Department of Visual Art;  Teacher in Classical Arabic and Modern Literature, Islamic history, and History of Art at the same institution; and at Ben Gurion University in the Negev (Beer-Sheba).

  • Publication date (print & electronic format): 2012-11.

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