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Rechte: Brill Leiden
Ingrid Hehmeyer, Hanne Schönig (eds.)
with collaboration by Anne Regourd:
Herbal Medicine in Yemen: Traditional knowledge and practice, and their value for today's world
Islamic History and Civilization 96
Traditional medical lore along with its practitioners – druggists and healers – survives in Yemen today.
Owing to the country's rich biodiversity, the main body of the medicines is plant-based. This book
features fourteen scholars from Europe, North America and the Middle East (three of them from Yemen)
who represent both humanities and natural sciences. They address the topic of herbal medicines and
their multifaceted applications within traditional Yemeni society across boundaries of disciplines,
such as Islamic studies, history, social anthropology, pharmacy and agriculture. The approaches
are based on textual analysis, empirical research and laboratory experiment. Both historical and
contemporary issues are covered.
Dr. Ingrid Hehmeyer, an Associate Professor of History of Science and Technology at Ryerson University,
Toronto (Canada), received her Doctorate in Agriculture in 1988 and a Master of Science (equiv.)
in Pharmacy in 1990, both from the University of Bonn.
Anne Regourd, Ph.D. in Philosophy (1987), teaches at the University of Paris 4-Sorbonne, and is Associee
at the CNRS. She published on Divinatory and Magic practices in Mediaeval Islam and contemporary Yemen
(Religious Anthropology, History of Sciences) and in Arabic Philology.
Dr. Hanne Schönig, Ph.D. (1984) in Oriental Languages and Islamic Studies, is a researcher at the
Centre for Interdisciplinary Area Studies, Martin Luther University Halle-Wittenberg. She has published
on Yemeni material culture including Schminken, Düfte und Räucherwerk der Jemenitinnen (Ergon, 2002).