Ph.D. candidate, History of Science
(on leave 2019-2020)
Shireen Hamza's dissertation project is a reassessment of the concept of “Islamic medicine” by studying this medicine (ṭibb) within the context of the Indian Ocean World. By reading texts of both Galenic and Ayurvedic medicine composed in Arabic and Persian between the 13th and 15th centuries, she shows the coexistence of and exchange between medical traditions in the medieval Indian Ocean World, especially between Yemen and Gujarat. She has published on the history of erotology and sexuality in the Islamicate world.
Archival research, textual analysis, manuscript research (paleography)
Areas of interest:
History of medicine, History of sexuality, History of the body, Indian Ocean History, Islamic Studies, Material culture
As part of her secondary field in Critical Media Practice, she explores questions of gender and historical memory with contemporary practitioners of Unani medicine in India. She is also a managing editor for the Ottoman History Podcast.