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Arabian Drugs in Early Medieval Mediterranean Medicine$
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Zohar Amar and Efraim Lev

Print publication date: 2017

Print ISBN-13: 9780748697816

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2017

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697816.001.0001

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Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Innovations: Milestones in Research and Case Studies

Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Innovations: Milestones in Research and Case Studies

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(p.48) 2 Agriculture and Pharmaceutical Innovations: Milestones in Research and Case Studies
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Arabian Drugs in Early Medieval Mediterranean Medicine
Author(s):

Zohar Amar

Efraim Lev

Publisher:
Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9780748697816.003.0002

This chapter reconstructs a list as possible of all the ‘new’ medicinal substances that were more widely distributed than in the pre-Islamic period. It studies the contribution and influence of these substances on the theoretical and practical medieval medical legacy as well as how, and to what extent, these substances merge with the development and distribution of ‘new’ technologies and industries that evolved in the Middle Ages such as textiles and paper, and with the new trends, demands, and fashions regarding perfumes, ornaments, and foodstuffs. The chapter also seeks to trace the main routes of trade in these substances in the new ‘Arab space’ and to assess the actual relevance that should be ascribed to the Greek and Indian legacies in the formation of Arab medicine and pharmacology.

Keywords:   medicinal substances, medieval medical legacy, medieval technologies, trade routes, Arab space, Greek and Indian legacies, Arab medicine and pharmacology, Middle Ages

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