Research Interests: History of medicine, Mamluk studies, history of sexuality, history of medieval South Asia, Indian Ocean history.
Shireen Hamza is a PhD student in the History of Science, originally from Chicagoland. She completed her undergraduate degrees in English, Cognitive Science and Middle Eastern Languages and Literature at Rutgers University, after spending five years at an Islamic seminary in Karachi. Shireen is interested in the social and intellectual history of medicine in the medieval Islamicate world. Particularly, she is focused on travel and medical exchange between the Middle East and South Asia after the eleventh century, in Arabic and Persian. By drawing on documents from the Cairo Geniza and focusing on various port cities, she hopes to investigate the Indian Ocean as a major site of exchange for Galenic/Unani medical texts and material medica.
B.A., English, Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey