LECTURE: Contours of “Jewish medicine”: cues from the Hebrew Book of Asaf (Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, Tuesday 3 May)

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The Parkes Institute for the Study of Jewish/non-Jewish Relations (University of Southampton) invites you to register for the annual Howard Rein Memorial Lecture, delivered by Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim (Goldsmiths, University of London) and titled 'Contours of “Jewish medicine”: Cues from the Hebrew Book of Asaf'. This event will be chaired by Dr Helen Spurling (online) and Dr Claire Le Foll (in person).

Date: Tuesday 3 May 2022
Time: 6-7:30PM BST
Venue: Lecture Theatre C (Avenue Campus, University of Southampton) and online via Zoom.
Registration Link: https://www.southampton.ac.uk/parkes/news/events/2022/04/howard-rein-lecture-2022.page

Event Details
The contours of what should or could count as “Jewish medicine” constitute an old and bold question, central to questions that occupied the late Howard Rein. Such questions also play a part in what is probably the earliest extant Hebrew medical text: the Book of Asaf (Sefer Asaf) or Sefer Refu’ot (Book of Remedies). The Book of Asaf is very important not only in the history of the Hebrew medical sciences but also in the history of medicine as a whole, exemplifying interesting links with medical knowledge coming from other cultures. This lecture will explore some contours of “Jewish medicine” as they appear in Sefer Asaf: it will look at how the text situates itself vis-a-vis foreign knowledge. The lecture will also discuss the role of Hebrew as a “bridging language” in medical knowledge, serving as an effective vehicle for cross-cultural transmissions. 

About the Speaker
Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim is a Reader in the History Department at Goldsmiths, University of London. Her research deals with the history of Eurasian medicine and the transmission of medical knowledge along the so-called ‘Silk-Roads’. Within this general scope, she has been working on both early Tibetan medicine and early Hebrew medicine.

She has co-edited three volumes with Anna Akasoy and Charles Burnett: Rashīd al-Dīn as an Agent and Mediator of Cultural Exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran (2013); Islam and Tibet: Interactions along the Musk Routes (2011) and Astro-Medicine: Astrology and Medicine, East and West (2008), and is an associate editor of the journal Asian Medicine (Brill).

Her book ReOrienting Histories of Medicine: Encounters along the Silk Roads (2021) analyses a number of case studies of Eurasian medical encounters, by looking at medical manuscripts found in key Eurasian nodes of the medieval world--Dunhuang, Kucha, the Cairo Genizah and Tabriz. 

Registration is free, and all are welcome. This is a hybrid event that will take place both in-person (Avenue Campus, University of Southampton) and online via Zoom. Please click here to register.