An Obituary: Professor Rabie El-Said Abdel-Halim

by Salim Al-Hassani Published on: 16th April 2015

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We have just received the sad news of the passing of Professor Rabie El-Said Abdel-Halim. He passed away in his sleep this morning 15th April 2015 Wednesday. May he rest in peace, and may his family find solace and ease in his passing.

Professor Rabie was not just a colleague but a close friend to the FSTC family and a mentor to the young members of the team. He was noticeably kind, humble and an exemplary true gentleman. We send our heartfelt condolences to his family and close friends.

You can find his articles here:

“Professor Rabie El Said Abdel-Halim, eminent expert in urology, poet and well known historian of Islamic medicine, details his passions for medicine and its history. Beginning from the start of his career as doctor and historian, he shows how he was inspired by the sentence of George Sarton that if we do not understand the history of scientific knowledge we will not be able to add to it. Professor Abdel-Halim describes in detail the contributions of the physicians and medical authors of the Islamic civilisation to various fields of medicine, from urology, to anaesthesia, surgery, anatomy, and others. For him, one of the most inspiring lessons we learn from the history of medicine and the history of science is that these disciplines broaden our world viewpoint and outlook to life. A thoughtful study of the history of science is bound to strengthen a unique feeling of brotherhood, unity and universality of mankind.”  [Interview with Professor Rabie E. Abdel-Halim]

Professor Rabie giving a presentation at the 1001inventions conference at the Science Museum London, 21 January 2010
[Medicine in the Middle Ages: New Insights and a Call for Further Research

For information of his work please visit his Website:

Source: Prof Rabie Abdel-Halim’s Twitter

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