8th international Congress of Fez on the History of Medicine


History of medical education

The School of Medicine of the University Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah will host the 8th Congress of Fez on the History of Medicine from October 21-24, 2020 under the theme: History of medical education.

October 21-24, 2020 in Fez, Morocco
Medical Faculty of Fez, Morocco

President welcome word

Pr. Redouan Al Mourabet
Congress president
President of Sidi Mohammed Benabdellah University

The Medical School of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University will host the 8 th International Congress of Fez on History of Medicine. The principal theme of this year is: “History of medical education”.  It’s an occasion to follow the evolution of medical education from the ancient to modern times.

Fez, the majestic spiritual and political capital of Morocco in the Middle Ages, founded by Idris I in 789 AD, is a great city of outstanding Islamic culture. It has the best preserved old area in the Arab world: the sprawling, labyrinthine medina of Fes Al-Bali, which is incidentally also the world’s largest car-free urban zone. In 1981, UNESCO listed Fes Al Bali as a world heritage site under the name of Medina of Fez. It is famous for being home to the world’s oldest university, the Qarawiyyin University. Fez has numerous madrassas (i.e. schools for Islamic studies), museums, handcraft shops, the oldest extant water clock, and many other outstanding monuments.


Scientific Arabo-Islamic and Western speakers will give valuable keynote lectures on the history of medicine in Muslim civilization.

Giorgio Zanchin


Carlos Viesca


Mohamed Zine El Abidine Al Houssaini


Idrissi Zohor

United Kingdom

Jamal Bammi


Mariablanca Ramos De Viesca


Jean François Tessier


Abstract Submission Guidelines & Instructions


All abstracts must be submitted through the Congress website:

  1. Abstracts may be written and presented in Arabic, French or English. For Arabic and French version an additional copy in ENGLISH must be sent.
  2. All abstracts will be reviewed by the Scientific Committee and authors will be informed about acceptance of their paper by July, 12th.
  3. Accepted abstracts are official communications to the Congress.


  • Abstracts should have English title, author’s name (names), address, affiliation and e-mail.
  • Abstracts should be structured and consist of a maximum of 300 words.
  • After submission, the author will receive a confirmation receipt.
  • Enter keywords separate them by line breaks.
  • Notification of acceptance/rejection, instructions for oral presentations will be e-mailed by July, 12th, 2020 to the presenting author.
  • Authors should mandatory sent the full paper of their presentation by August, 31th, 2020.
  • A full paper reception is a prerequisite for congress attendance.
  • Authors who wish to withdraw their abstract after its acceptance should send a written request to: medicalheritage.fez@usmba.ac.ma

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17:00 - 19:00

Session for young historians

20:00 -

Registration at the hotel

08:30 - 09:00


Anesthesia from the Greek heritage to the Arabic contribution.Alain Touwaide (USA)
09:00 - 11:00

Session I: History of surgery in Muslim heritage: interaction with the past and the future

  • Islamic influences on western surgery. Robrecht Van Hee (Belgium)
  • The use of Uroscopy in the Islamic World and its interaction with the Byzantine and Latin Uroscopy. Athanasios Diamandopoulos (Greece)
  • History of surgical sutures. Driss Cherif (Tunisia)
  • Heart dissection from Galen to Ibn Al Nafiss. Jamal Mehssani (Morocco)
  • The teaching of surgery in the first European medieval universities: place of Arab-Muslim authors in the curriculum. Jean-François Tessier (France)
11:00 - 11:30

Tea break

11:30 - 13:00

Session II : History of surgery in Muslim heritage: state of the art

  • Principles of Arab surgery. Abdelaziz Allabadi (Jordan)
  • The epic of the history of surgical instruments. Moncef Sfar Gandoura (Tunisia)
  • Period Surgical instruments of the Ottoman. Nil Sari (Turkey)
  • Surgery during the 14th century through the Manuscript “ Kitāb Al Istiqsā “ by Mohamed Al-Shafra Al-Qirbiliäni. Fouad Laboudi (Morocco)
  • On wounds in the head in “Kitāb al-ʿUmdafī Ṣināʿa al-Jirāḥa by Ibn al-Quff”. A study. Ahmet Aciduman (Turkey)
13:00 - 13:30


From Salerno’s Minerva Garden to the illuminated Herbarium of CircaInstans: a path with no boundaries. Paola Capone (Italy)
13:30 - 14:00

Visit of the Botanic Garden

14:00 - 15:00


15:00 - 16:30

Session III : History of surgery in Muslim heritage: state of the art (part 2)

  • Illustrated pages of Arab surgery. Ahmed Dhieb (Tunisia)
  • Veterinary Surgery in Ancient Islamic Arabic Heritage. Adel E. A. Mohamed (Egypt)
  • History of pediatric surgery. Driss Chérif (Tunisia)
  • History of laparoscopic surgery. El Bachir Benjelloun (Morocco)
  • The compartment syndrome between Arab and Western surgery. Hamza Essaddam (Tunisia)
  • Effect of Zahrawi in the Great Book of Surgery of the French physician Guy de Chauliac. Imam Shafay Mohamed Hamoudi (Egypt)
16:30 - 17:00

Tea Break

17:00 - 18:30

Session IV : Surgery in the Arabic manuscripts

  • Surgery in the book Attāyssir of IbnZuhr (Avenzoar). Abdelghani Yahyaoui Morocco)
  • Surgery in the book Alkouliyāt of Ibn Rochd (Averroes). Mohamed Kadiri (Morocco)
  • Surgery in the book Attāssrif of Abu Al Qasim Al Zahrawi (Abulcasis). Hamid Lahmar (Morocco)
  • Surgery control and inspection in the book Kitāb nihāyatʼal-rutbah fīṭalabʼal-ḥisbah by Shayrazi. Mohamed E.Gourani (Morocco)
  • Neurosurgeryin the book Al-Qanunfi’t-Tibb of Ibn Sina (Avicenna). Faycal Lakhdar (Morocco)
18:30 - 19:30

Official inaugural ceremony

19:30 - 20:00


The presence of Avicenna in Nueva Espana between XVI and XVII century. Carlos Viesca (Mexico) (President of the international society of the history of Medicine).
20:00 - 21:00

Visit of Al ANDALOUS exhibition

21:00 - 22:00

Tarab Andalusi performed by local Medical students

22:00 -


08:30 - 10:30

Session V : Al Zahraoui (Abulcasis): father of the medieval surgery

  • Alzahrawi and his book Altasrif. Abdelaziz Allabadi Amman (Jordan)
  • Comparison of the Roman dental instruments at the National Museum of Archaeology and the dental instruments of Albucasis. Maria do Sameiro Barroso (Portugal)
  • Could Al-Zahrawi Be Considered a Biomedical Engineer? Mohamed Nagy Saad Mohamed Elziftawy (Egypt)
  • Al Zahraoui (Abulcasis), precursor of aesthetic and reconstructive surgery. MariaBlanca Ramos De Viesca (Mexico)
  • A modern practitioner’s view of Al-Zahrawi’s surgical procedures. Sharif Kaf al-Ghazal (UK)
  • A Glance at the Urology of Al-Zahrawi. Abdelhak Khallouk (Morocco)
10:30 - 11:00

Tea break

11:00 - 12:30


Conference: Influence of Islamic culture at the dawn of the Padua School of Medicine. Giorgio Zanchin (Italy)
Conference: “Father of Obstetrics and Gynecology”: Egyptian Doctor Naguib Pasha Mahfouz. Beth Baron (USA)
Conference: FIMA year book 2016. Musa Mohd Nordin (Malysia)
13:30 - 14:15

(Break: Friday prayer)

14:30 - 15:30


15:30 -

Visit of the Old Medina of Fez

08:30 - 09:00


Doubt and Epistemological Modesty in Medieval Arab-Islamic Medicine: Contextualising al-Razi, al-Farabi, Ibn-Sina and al-Ruhawi. Haris Haseeb (Scotland)
09:00 - 11:00

Session VI: FSTC session : 1001Cures : Medicine and Healthcare from Muslim Civilization.

  • 1001 Cures initiative. Mohamed M. El-Gomati (UK)
  • Professor Rabie Abdel Halim’s contribution : 1001 Cures : Surgery from Muslim Civilisation. Mostafa Abdel-Halim (UK)
  • Enriching the Teaching of Biology/Physiology. Anne-Maria Brennan(UK)
  • Hospital Complex Developments in the Seljuk and Ottoman periods. Kemal Aydin (Turkey)
  • FSTC Timeline of Medicine and Healthcare. Nasser Kurdy (UK)
  • An analysis of the works of Ibn Tofayl and Ibn al-Nafis. Zohor Idrissi (UK)
11:00 - 11:30

Tea break

11:30 - 13:30

Session VII: History of surgery in Morocco

  • Some aspects of the natural treatments accompanying surgery in the Moroccan-Andalusian medical heritage. Jamal Bammi (Morocco)
  • Surgery within the medical system in Morocco. Z .A Al Houssaini (Morocco)
  • Surgery in Pre-colonial Morocco. Fouad Laboudi (Morocco)
  • Recognition of orthopedics in Morocco: the path of a fighter. Professor’s Abdellouahed Ismael testimonial book. Abdellouahed Ismael (Morocco)
14:00 - 15:30

Lunch at the historical Old Medina of Fez

15:30 - 18:30

Visit of the Ancient Weapons Museum

20:30 -

Gala Dinner

City of FEZ.

FEZ is an imperial city that has stood in the north of morocco for a thousand year. Founded by Idriss I in 789, it was the capital of modern Morocco until the late 19th century. A vibrant metropolis that has held within its dusty walls the UNESCO world heritage old town. With the high walled streets, the elaborate architecture of the historic medina, the ornate carving, mosaics and the daily routine of a population bound to an old fashioned lifestyle, it feels as time has stopped in the spiritual heart of Morocco.

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