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Omar AssobhiThe 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.

On this occasion, I am honored to invite you to take part in the 7th International Congress of the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine, held this year jointly with the 4th Congress of Fez on the History of Medicine from the 24th to the 28th of October 2016.

This promising scientific meeting will be organized in collaboration with the International Society for the History of Islamic Medicine (ISHIM) and the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilization (FSTC). The scientific program is very interesting, including such topics as: the History of Medical Terminology, Medical Schools and Teaching of Medicine, Hospitals, Tolerance and Openness to Different Cultures, and various contributions of Muslim medical scholars.

Scientific Arabo-Islamic and Western speakers will give valuable keynote lectures on the history of medicine in Muslim civilization.

We are working towards making this congress a highly creative and valuable contribution to the history of medical science.  It is crucial that the Fez congress be not just an opportunity for presenting interesting papers, but also an important occasion to develop new projects, connect with old colleagues and meet new scholars.

The organizing committee has assigned one day of the congress to be held at the old part of Fez, with lectures, commented visits, tea breaks, and lunch on the spot.

The 2016 congress promises to be an amazing experience, both scientific-wise and research-wise. It will also be a great opportunity to step into the charm, history and culture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

You are warmly welcomed in advance, and I am looking forward to seeing you many in Fez on October 24-28, 2016.

 

Yours sincerely,

 

Prof. Dr. Omar Assobhi,

President of the 2016 Congress of the ISHIM,

President of Sidi Mohamed Benabdellah University, Fez. Morocco.

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