The practice of medicine in what is now the Islamic World predates the revelation of Islam: therapeutic practices before Islam relied heavily on Mesopotamian, Egyptian, Persian, Indian, and Greek medical knowledge. During the early and medieval periods of the Islamic era, physicians in the region achieved advancements and innovations that have had a lasting and significant impact on the evolution of medical practices around the world.
This exhibition aims to show how medical knowledge first came to the Islamic World (pre-Islam until the 10th cent. AD/4th cent. AH), then circulated and developed within the region (between the 11th and 16th cent. AD/5th-10th cent. AH), before being exported to Europe (during the 17th and 18th centuries. AD/11th-12th cent. AH). Visitors will discover the translations of foreign medical texts (from Greek, Sanskrit, Syriac, etc.) into Arabic and Persian eventually led to the need to codify such a large body of knowledge for the purpose of dissemination. Visitors will also gain an appreciation for the wealth and depth of knowledge produced by physicians who practiced in Islamic lands, especially in fields like ophthalmology, pharmacology and surgery. Finally, visitors will understand the lasting and significant impact that Islamic medical knowledge has had on modern Western medicine. Through the display of original manuscripts, books, and antique artefacts from the Islamic Studies Library (ISL), the Osler Library of the History of Medicine, and Rare Books and Special Collections (RBSC), The rise and influence of Medicine in the Islamic World will take visitors on a fascinating journey into the world of Islamic medicine.
Comprising two complementary displays, one at the Islamic Studies Library and other at the Osler Library. The exhibition will be accessible during each respective library’s opening hours from September 11 to December 22, 2023.
The Office of Student Academic Services in collaboration with the Sonia Bujold Initiative and Let’s Talk Science at McGill University, has put together a lovely free online booklet of self-paced activities about fall.
Discover an exciting collection of science facts and activities! Explore the fall season and discover how different mammals, birds and insects prepare themselves for the upcoming freezing winter. Lear how to safely interact with ducks, play matching games and much more. There is something for everyone to enjoy!
Visit our digital exhibition on Flickr to learn what special collections can teach us about climate!
"Phillip Island Parrot" from John Gould's "The birds of Australia." London : Printed by R. and J.E. Taylor; Pub. by the author, -48. Blacker Wood Natural History Collection.