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Spaces of healing: Byzantium and medieval Islam compared

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After general preliminary consideration of the spatial dimensions of pre-modern medicine, this paper will focus on the spaces of hospitals and hospital-like institutions such as healing shrines, comparing Byzantium and Islam, principally across the ninth to twelfth centuries. The aim is to set hospitals in both empires in a wider setting of charitable actions—and spaces.

Peregrine Horden is Professor of Medieval History at Royal Holloway, University of London, and an Extraordinary Research Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford. He is co-author, with Nicholas Purcell, of The Corrupting Sea (Blackwell, 2000), and is at work on its sequel, Liquid Continents. His recent publications include Hospitals and Healing from Antiquity to the Later Middle Ages (Aldershot: Ashgate, 2008), and he is writing a general book on early hospitals for Yale University Press.

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