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Madness: Between Medieval Islamic and Modern Perspectives

This podcast was recorded at a conference at St Cross College, University of Oxford, in March 2010. The conference brought together well-established historians of medieval Islamic history and contemporary psychiatrists to consider what 'madness' is.

The workshop started with the physicians at the court of Saladin (and how they treated depression) and looked at other issues such as medieval hospitals and the mad, mad poets, or love-sickness. Many contemporary Muslim psychiatrists participated as well.

# Episode Title Description People Date
1 Madness: Between Medieval Islamic and Modern Perspectives - Preface Preface to the Madness: Between Medieval Islamic and Modern Perspectives conference, delivered by conference organiser Daniel Nicolae. Daniel Nicolae 11 Oct 2010
2 Introduction - The Philosophy of Psychiatry Delivered by Bill Fulford, a psychiatrist and member of the Philosophy Faculty at Oxford University. Bill Fulford 11 Oct 2010
3 Preliminary Perspective: Medicine and Madness at the Court of Saladin Sets the background of the workshop, and explains how the four historical key lectures relate to Daniel Nicolae's research. Daniel Nicolae 12 Oct 2010
4 The Historical Background: Saladin's Court (Key Lecture) First of four key lectures, delivered by Carole Hillenbrand, Professor of Islamic History at the University of Edinburgh, and author of "The Crusades: Islamic Perspectives". Carole Hillenbrand 12 Oct 2010
5 Love-sickness between Medicine, Philosophy and Theology, and Islam (Key Lecture) Second of four key lectures, delivered by Hinrich Biesterfeldt, Professor of Islam Studies Ruhr-Universität Bochum. Hinrich Biesterfeldt 12 Oct 2010
6 Love-sickness between Medicine, Philosophy and Theology, and Islam (Respondents) Respondents to Hinrich Biesterfeldt's lecture: Love-sickness between Medicine, Philosophy and Theology, and Islam. Athar Yawar, M Quasim 12 Oct 2010
7 Foul Whisperings: Madness and Poetry in Arabic Literary History (Key Lecture) Third of four key lectures delivered by Geert Jan van Gelder, Laudian Professor of Arabic, Oriental Institute, University of Oxford. Geert Jan van Gelder 12 Oct 2010
8 Foul Whisperings: Madness and Poetry in Arabic Literary History (Respondents) Respondents to Geert Jan der Gelder's lecture:, Foul Whisperings: Madness and Poetry in Arabic Literary History. Neel Burton, Katherine Angel 12 Oct 2010
9 Hospitals and Madness (Key Lecture) Last of four key lectures, delivered by Peregrine Horden, Professor of Medieval History, Royal Holloway, University of London. Peregrine Horden 12 Oct 2010
10 Hospitals and Madness (Respondents) Respondents to Peregrine Horden's lecture: Hospitals and Madness. Matthew Broome, Afzal Javed 12 Oct 2010
11 Acknowledgements Acknowledgements and credits for the podcast series Madness: Between Medieval Islamic and Contemporary Perspectives. Daniel Nicolae 12 Oct 2010