AMEWS Association for Middle East Women's Studies

Shireen Hamza, Managing Editor

Shireen is a PhD candidate in the Department of the History of Science at Harvard University. Her research interests center on global histories of science, especially in the Middle East and South Asia, the history of medicine and the history of gender and sexuality. Her dissertation project is a reassessment of the concept of “Islamic medicine,” through a focus on its history in the Indian Ocean World. Her sources, composed in Arabic and Persian between the 13th and 15th centuries about both Galenic and Ayurvedic medicine, reveal a world of epistemic and material exchange between Yemen and Gujarat. As part of her secondary field in Critical Media Practice, she explores questions of gender and historical memory with contemporary practitioners of Unani medicine in India. Her work has been published in the Medieval Feminist Forum and The Revealer. She is also a managing editor for the Ottoman History Podcast.