Medieval Muslim legal tradition generally considered the plague to be non-contagious and argued that one should not flee an outbreak of the plague. What was the logic that supported this conclusion, how was it justified, and when and how did it change? By examining plague treatises from the 14th to the 19th centuries, this talk investigates the various factors – intellectual and political – that led to shifts in both Islamic law and public health policy in the Middle East.


Stearns, Justin

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