Housni Alkhateeb Shehada's
Mamluks and Animals: Veterinary Medicine in Medieval Islam is the first comprehensive study of veterinary medicine, its practitioners and its patients in the medieval Islamic world, with special emphasis on the Mamluk period (1250-1517). Based on a large variety of sources, it is a history of a scientific field that is also examined from social and cultural perspectives. Horses, as well as birds of prey used for hawking and falconry, were at the centre of the veterinary literature of that period, but the treatment and cure of other animals was not totally neglected. The Mamluk period is presented here as the time when veterinary medicine reached its pinnacle in medieval Islam and often even surpassed human medicine.
Housni Alkhateeb Shehada, Ph.D. (2006), Tel Aviv University, teaches Arabic, Islamic Culture and History of Art at Ben-Gurion University and Levinsky College of Education. He has published a book of poetry and several studies on veterinary medicine in medieval Islam.
'Shehada’s work will remain the standard work on Islamic veterinarian medicine for years to come not only because of the rarity of the scholarship but also because of his overall thorough study of it. Scholars of medicine will find it intriguing, while Mamluk scholars or those who study the medieval Islamic world will be pleased with this nuanced studied of an often ignored aspect of life in the Mamluk Sultanate.' Timothy May, Dahlonega,
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Institutes of Islamic studies, history of medicine, history of the Middle East and animal studies, academic libraries, public libraries, schools of veterinary medicine, graduate and undergraduate students, educated laymen.