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Durham University

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Events in Modern Languages & Cultures

Friends of the Oriental Museum Lecture by Professor Daniel Newman [Arabic Studies at Durham]: 'In the vessel harmoniously combined': Food and Medicine in Medieval Islamic Culture

18th January 2017, 19:30, Room EH009, Elvet Hill, Durham

A talk by Professor Daniel Newman, School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Durham University. This lecture is hosted by the Friends of the Oriental Museum, as part of the 2016/17 series.

The Arab culinary tradition is one of the oldest and richest in the world; starting in Baghdad, it spread across the Islamic Empire, and beyond, to Western Europe, where its influence can be observed in early cookery manuals. The extant sources, including the world’s oldest complete cookery book, demonstrate the interconnectedness between Arabic medicine and food, therapy and sustenance, as dishes were endowed with medical properties.

In addition to discussing the principal features of medieval Arab cuisine, the talk will highlight the links between medicine and food, based on textual sources from the 9th - 15th c. A.D.

This lecture is open to all. Lectures are free to the Friends of the Oriental Museum. For visitors there is a small charge of £3 (£1 concession).

Contact oriental.museum@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.

Contact daniel.newman@durham.ac.uk for more information about this event.