Qiao Yang


Islamic and Middle Eastern Studies

Subject: Scientific Exchange in Mongol Eurasia: Astronomers and Physicians in the Mongol Empire (1206-1368)

Supervisor: Michal Biran

Abstract: My Ph.D. dissertation aims to examine the role of astronomers and physicians as agents of scientific and medical exchange in the Mongol Eurasia. I approach the question from the perspective of social history and base my analysis on a database of biographies of contemporary professionals, mainly from Yuan China and the Ilkhanate. The dissertation comprises three main chapters: the astronomers and physicians’ professional learning and practice, their social function and social networks, and their role in the process of transmission of scientific knowledge. The study will highlight the scientists’ networks and the political and social circumstances under which astronomical and medical knowledge was transmitted in the Mongol era. My research will contribute to the understanding of the mechanism of scientific and cultural exchange in Mongol Eurasia, studying it in a much deeper and broader scope than what was previously done


Rotenstreich Stipend 2017/18

Presidential Stipend 2015/16