Medical Practices in Tibet in Intercultural Contexts

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2023. Medical Practices in Tibet in Intercultural Contexts. In: Sonja Brentjes, ed. Routledge Handbook on Science in the Islamicate World: Practices from the 2nd/8th to the 13th/19th Centuries. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 677-687. ISBN 9781138047594 [Book Section]

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This chapter provides one of the numerous examples for intercultural interactions in medicine across Asia where Tibetan medical knowledge and its specific practices had been nourished from three sources: Ayurvedic, Chinese and Greco-Islamic. It discusses a legitimation story told in Tibetan sources about the arrival of a doctor from the West called Galen in Tibet and the application of previously unknown medical ideas and procedures. It interprets the story as referring to a Muslim physician who had come to Tibet from the Mughal court in Agra. The chapter also documents Tibetan impact on Islamicate pharmaceutical material.

Methodologically, it thus calls for the study of interactions and contextual complexities.

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