The Mirror of Health: Medical Science during the Golden Age of Islam

Impact: Cultural impacts, Health impacts


The contribution of Muslim civilisation to the development of medicine is often minimised, and differences between Islam and the West accentuated. Pormann’s research attempts to correct this distortion by showing links of intellectual kinship between Islam and the West in the area of medicine. Through partnerships with medical, educational and non-governmental organisations, these findings impacted on large audiences and effected changes in medical, educational, and security discourse. One result was greater appreciation of the role played by Muslim physicians in the history of vital clinical trials. Moreover, users responded positively to the emphasis on Muslim contributions to medicine, and reported that their perspective had been widened. Pormann’s research thereby helped foster community cohesion and educational achievement
Impact date2014
Category of impactCultural impacts, Health impacts
Impact levelBenefit