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I. Shaddoud (Aix-en-Provence, France)

Pots for Medical Uses in the Arab World (8th—15th centuries): a possible reconstruction of the uses thanks to the cross disciplinary comparison of sources

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Pages: 189-205

This article is in French
The cross disciplinary comparison of sources enables us to ask questions about objects and practices by analysing and describing the functions, oſten lost, of certain types of pottery. This article is dedicated to pottery used by Islamic physicians — pots and pans, different types of jars. The texts, general medical manuals and dictionaries written in Iraq, Syria, Arabia and Iran between the 8th and 15th centuries are an extremely valuable source of information on medicinal substances, recipes for compound remedies and utensils. A number of illustrations in Islamic manuscript depicting physician activities reflect contemporaneous medical practises. They could sometimes help us to understand the use of objects found in excavations. The archaeological material of my corpus comes from a range of sites in Syria, Lebanon and Iraq. By comparing the data, I present various pottery used in curative medicine in the Islamic world.

Keywords: Islamic medicine, Islamic physicians, medical utensils, Bilâd al-Châm, pottery

Information about author:

Ibrahim Shaddoud
(Aix-en-Provence, France). Doctor. Fondation Gerda Henkel, Centre National des Recherche Scientifi que (CNRS), Direction Générale des Antiquités et des Musées de Syrie. 5 rue du Château de l’Horloge, BP 647, Aix-en-Provence, Cedex 2, 13094, France
E-mail: [email protected]

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