HDS 3372

Prophetic Medicine: Islam and Medicine in the Middle East

Ahmed Ragab


Prophetic Medicine (al-Tibb al-Nabawi) was an important genre of literature from the ninth century on, where scholars interpreted many of Muhammad's traditions and reports about his life to discern methods and tools of medical practice and treatment. Moreover, many of these traditions were used to provide instructions about the ethics and legal questions pertained to medical practice. This prophetic corpus interacted with the dominant Galenic medical practice in pre-modern Middle East and then with the modern Western medicine in the modern and contemporary Middle East creating important questions and significant discussion. The course will trace the development of prophetic medicine across history and analyze its role and importance in the evolving relation between Islam and medicine through history. Note: Course has additional hour to be arranged. Consult instructor for art of ministry requirement.

Enrollment Limited: No
Open to BTI Students: Yes


0.50 credits
Expected to be offered Spring 2016
Thurs 4pm-6pm
Course location to be announced.

Relationship to Program Requirements

Program Requirement Area / Category / Art / Designation
MTS Area(s) of Focus
  • Islamic Studies
  • Religion, Ethics, and Politics
  • Religion, Literature, and Culture
  • Religion and the Social Sciences
MDiv Distribution Category/ies
  • Islam
MDiv Art(s) of Ministry
  • Administration and Program Development
  • Public Leadership, Community Organizing, and Planning
  • Preaching and Worship
Language Course Designation(s) None