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Dr. Peter Joosse

My name is Peter Joosse. I studied Arabic and Syriac-Aramaic under the supervision of professors Hans Daiber and Wim Baars at VU Amsterdam.

At VU Amsterdam, I received an MA and a PhD degree in Semitic languages and cultures. My expertise in Diatessaronic studies won me an invitation to join a team of specially selected scholars working on Gospel Harmonies, led by professors William Petersen and Tjitze Baarda at the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and the Social Sciences (NIAS Wassenaar, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences). There I was fellow-in-residence from 1997-8, and notably explored the connection between Greek, Arabic, Persian and Syriac versions of the Diatessaron. From 1997 to 2002 I joined a project on the 'Cream of Wisdom', a Syriac encyclopaedia of the different sciences authored by the Syriac prelate and polymath Gregory Barhebraeus (d. 1286). In 2003, I joined the University of Leiden as a Senior Research Fellow, where I carried out a study of the life, work and scholarly background of the 13th century Arabic physician Muwaffaq al-Din 'Abd al-Latif al-Baghdadi (1162-1231), with a stipend of the leading Dutch medical journal NTvG. In 2010, I joined the University of Warwick (UK) as a Research Fellow to work on al-Baghdadi's commentary of the Hippocratic Prognostic. From 2013-19, I joined the ALHOM medical history project at The University of Oxford as a Sir Henry Wellcome Trust Senior Research Fellow (Ass. Professor). This project, supervised by professors Emilie Savage- Smith (Oxford) and Simon Swain (Warwick), consisted of an annotated translation and Arabic edition of the 'Book of the Classes of Physicians' by the well-known 13th century Arabic physician Ibn Abi Usaybi'ah. 

Besides New Testament Studies (The Arabic Diatessaron), I focus in my research on the Arabic medicine of the so-called 'post-classical period', and more specifically of the 12th and 13th centuries and onwards, for until today there are very few studies investigating how medicine developed in the lands of Islam after the 12th century.