Professor Emilie Savage-Smith
The history of medicine and science in medieval Islam; medieval Arabic artefacts and treatises relating to ophthalmology, anatomy, cartography (celestial and terrestrial), and divinatory techniques
Emilie Savage-Smith retired as Professor of the History of Islamic Science at the Oriental Institute, University of Oxford, but continues as Fellow Archivist of St Cross College. In 2013 she was awarded a Wellcome Trust Senior Investigator Award for 'A Literary History of Medicine: The Best Accounts of the Classes of Physicians by Ibn Abi Usaybi`ah (d. 1270)' a joint Oxford/Warwick project in collaboration with Simon Swain, FBA, Professor of Classics at the University of Warwick and Geert Jan van Gelder, FBA, retired Laudian Professor of Arabic at Oxford, and six other scholars. Its aim is to make this remarkable historical source fully available in a reliable and readable form. For the project, see http://www.alhom.org.uk. The award was supplemented in 2015 by a Wellcome Trust public engagement grant ('Medieval Medicine in Board and Card Games'), to work with the Museum of the History of Science in designing proto-types of board games through which children and adults can learn about medieval medical practice in Islamic lands. She is also Section Editor, responsible for Science & Medicine, for the Encyclopaedia of Islam's Three, and on the advisory board of a number of journals.
Oriental Institute, University of Oxford Professor of the History of Islamic Science
‘The Most Authoritative Copy of 'Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi’s Tenth-century Guide to the Constellations’, In: ‘God is Beautiful; He Loves Beauty’: The Object in Islamic Art and Culture
by Emilie Savage-Smith - Published in 2013 by Yale University Press
Ed. by Sheila Blair and Jonathan Bloom, pp. 122–155.
Professor Karin Barber
I am an anthropologist with a particular interest in popular culture, religion, and the verbal arts, both oral and written. Most of my research has been in the Yoruba-speaking area of Nigeria, and I am currently working on early Yoruba print culture.
Professor Michael Cook
The history of the Islamic world; the formation & development of traditional Islamic thought, & its implications in the modern world; Islamic thought, & its implications in the modern world; Islamic history in comparative perspective.