The Medical School of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University will host the 7th International Congress of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM), which will be held this year jointly with the 4th Congress of Fez on the History of Medicine. It’s an occasion to evoke the bright aspects of the scientific and intellectual heritage of our civilization and shed light on some of its features in Fez city.
Fez, the majestic spiritual and political capital of Morocco in the Middle Ages, founded by Idris I in 789 AD, is a great city of outstanding Islamic culture. It has the best preserved old area in the Arab world: the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes Al-Bali, which is incidentally also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. In 1981, UNESCO listed Fes Al Bali as a world heritage site under the name of Medina of Fez. It is famous for being home to the world’s oldest university, the Qarawiyyin University. Fez has numerous madrassas (i.e. schools for Islamic studies), museums, handcraft shops, the oldest extant water clock, and many other outstanding monuments.