2008 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize
Our colleague and associate Professor Emilie Savage-Smith, together with her co-author Dr. Peter Pormann, was awarded the 2008 British-Kuwait Friendship Society Book Prize for their joint book: Medieval Islamic Medicine (Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press [New Edinburgh Islamic Survey Series], 2007; published simultaneously by Georgetown University Press and The American University in Cairo Press). The award was given at the annual meeting of the British Society for Middle Eastern Studies (BRISMES).
Medieval Islamic Medicine by Peter E Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith (Edinburgh University Press, 2007). This volume not only updates Manfred Ullmann's monumental Die Medizin im Islam of 1968 but also challenges aspects of past conventional wisdom, for example on the importance of the translation movement of the 9th century. The reviewer, after stating that the book offers a readable, up-to-date introduction to the field covered by its title, comments that the "book will be useful also to the many academics within the field who are becoming aware of the discipline's growing importance", adding that "this volume will certainly take its place among the sources that allow easy access to 'non-Western' accomplishments". He concludes that it is "an inestimable contribution both to its own field, but also within and - perhaps most importantly - outwith Islamic and Middle Eastern studies."
See the press release of the award at:
See the review of the book on www.MuslimHeritage.com: A New Book on Islamic Medicine:Medieval Islamic Medicine by Peter E. Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith.
Read other articles of Emilie Savage-Smith on our web portal: Seeking Seamless Scientific Wonders: Review of Emilie Savage-Smith's Work.