President welcome word

Under the High Patronage of His Majesty the King Mohammed VI, the Medical School of Sidi Mohammed Ben Abdellah University will host the 6th International Congress of Fez on History of Medicine in Muslim Heritage. The principal theme of this year is: “History of Surgery in Muslim Heritage”. It’s an occasion to evoke the bright aspects of the scientific and intellectual heritage of our civilization and shed light on some of its features in Fez city.

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.

On this occasion, I am honored to invite you to take part in the 6 th International Congress of Fez on History of Medicine in Muslim Heritage from the 3 th to the 6 th of October 2018. The congress is organized under the coordination of the International Society of History of Medicine, in partnership with the University Hospital Hassan II of Fez; the Foundation of Science, Technology and Civilization (UK); Ibn Albanna Center of Research on History of Science; the Moroccan Society of Surgery and the Moroccan Society of Digestive Surgery.

The scientific program will shed a light on evolution of surgery in general from rudimentary to modern surgery with an emphasis on Muslim Heritage. A special session will be dedicated to Azzahraoui (Abulcasis) the father of medieval surgery.

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

This year the congress will pay tribute to big names of Moroccan surgery and to their heads the Professor Abdelkader Tounsi, the first Moroccan surgeon appointed to the Avicenne Hospital in 1957.

The organizing committee has assigned one day of the congress to be held at the old part of Fez, with lectures, commented visits, tea breaks, and lunch on the spot.

The 2018 congress promises to be an amazing experience, both scientific-wise and research-wise. It will also be a great opportunity to step into the charm, history and culture of one of the most beautiful cities in the world.

You are warmly welcomed in advance, and I am looking forward to seeing you many in Fez on October 3-6, 2018.

Yours sincerely.

Pr. Kahlid Ait Taleb
Congress president
Professor of surgery
Director of the University Hospital Hassan II of Fez

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