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Mujeeb Khan

Mujeeb Khan

PhD Candidate, Asian & Middle Eastern Studies


Biography:

I am originally from New York. I received my BS in Physics with minors in Biology and Japanese Studies from Stony Brook University (State University of New York). I then completed an MA in Regional Studies – East Asia from Harvard University. I also have an MS in the History and Philosophy of Science at the University of Tokyo. In 2012-13, I was a Visiting Scholar in the Department of Asian and Asian American Studies at Stony Brook University.

My academic study has led to the study of Japanese, Chinese, and Arabic in their modern and pre-modern forms as well as the study of Persian, classical Greek, and now Korean. While my current research prioritizes Japanese and Chinese and my side research projects include engagement with Arabic, I am keen to continue literary and historical examinations that incorporate these languages to conduct research on sources and help reveal avenues of transnationalism in the pre-modern world.

In 2014, I spent three weeks in Ise City, Japan at the "Ise and Japan" program on Ise's culture from its earliest origins into contemporary society. During summer 2014, I taught two courses as lecturer (instructor) at Stony Brook University on "Asian and Medicine" and "Manga and Anime," both of which I had designed.

In 2015, I was awarded a Merit Prize (lit. Encouragement Prize) in the Toshiba International Foundation's Toshiba International Essay Contest on "What does the world expect of Japan?" Earlier in 2015, I was a finalist in the SPPA Business Japanese Speech Contest.

Most recently, I received the 2015-6 Aoi Global Research Award and, in 2016, with the help of this award, I will conduct archival research in Tokyo in affiliation with Keio University.

During this academic year I have supervised for various levels of Japanese language and East Asian history courses as a supervisor (teaching assistant) at Cambridge.

Subject groups/Research projects

Arabic & Persian Studies:
Japanese Studies:

Research Interests

Current Research

My doctoral project investigates Chinese medicine in early Japan. It primarily investigates how medicine is conceptualized by early Japanese compilers of medicine. The focus of my research is on Tanba no Yasuyori and his Ishinpō.

My doctoral project is a part of a larger study in the medical literary traditions of Asia, in particular Japan and the Islamic world, but also East Asia and the Greco-Roman-Islamic traditions as a whole. As a literary tradition, there is much to be learned from medical texts, especially between their evident transnational and transcultural nature.

My larger interests include how civilizations negotiate foreign intellectual traditions and studies of the normalization process of content. I am interested in medieval medical literary traditions as medical traditions develop and grow in peripheries as seen from the perspective of these traditions' origins. In particular this involves Greek medicine and other medicine in the Islamic world and Chinese medicine in Japan. The Graeco-Arabic translation movement coincides with the acquisition of Chinese medicine by Japan during the medieval period.

I have also recently become interested in the development of language in East Asia, especially the adoption of Chinese characters in Japan and Korea as well as pre-Sinitic and hangul/kana notification methods. There has been much new scholarship on this over the past decade. Once my Korean has improved and my doctoral project is complete, I will pursue this further.

Interests

Japanology (Japanese studies); Sinology (Chinese studies); Islamic studies; history of science and medicine; intellectual history; medieval and early modern studies; comparative literature; historical linguistics and paleography; popular culture and cultural history; modern perspectives on the past

Localized interests: medicine in East Asia and West Asia (the Middle East); medical transmission, appropriation, and communication (esp. Graeco-Roman-Islamic, Sino-Islamic, and Sino-Korean-Japanese); early modern Japan (Edo); contemporary historiography of non-Western societies; visual culture (early modern ukiyo-e, modern manga, etc).

I am interested in languages (and their acquisition), Japanese manga, Chinese medicine, qigong

Collaborators

Key Publications

Encyclopedia Articles (Peer-reviewed)

"Japanese Popular Culture" in The Wiley-Blackwell Encyclopedia of Postcolonial Studies, ed. Sangeeta Ray and Henry Schwarz, Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, 2016.

"Abū Bakr al-Rāzī" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Chemistry and Alchemy" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Classification of Sciences" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Ḥunayn bin Isḥāq" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Jābir ibn Ḥayyān" in The Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam. New York: Oxford University Press, 2014.

"Medicine" in "Pre-history to 1250; Middle East" in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia. London: Sage Publications, 2012.

"Science" in "Pre-history to 1250; Middle East" in Cultural Sociology of the Middle East, Asia, and Africa: An Encyclopedia. London: Sage Publications, 2012.

Translations

"Japan's Ministry of Resources and the Japan Society for the Promotion of Science" and "Towards a Total-War System." Translation of chapters 4 and 5 from Hiroshige, Tetsu, Kagaku no shakaishi: Kindai nihon no kagaku taisei [Social History of (Japanese) Science: Modern Japan's System of Science]. Tokyo: Chūō kōronsha. D. Kim Foundation (dkimfoundation.org).

Talks/Seminars/Conference Papers

Jun 22-25 2016 - Three Societies Meeting (British Society for the History of Science, Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science, and History of Science Society)in Edmonton, Canada
"The Medieval Transition: Medicine in Motion"
 
Mar 31-Apr 3 2016 - Association of Asian Studies Annual Conference in Seattle, USA
"Ishinpō and East Asia: Medicine as Transnational and Transcultural"
 
Oct 10-12 2015 - Found in Translation: A Conference on the World History of Science, ca. 1200-1600 C.E. at World History Center, University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh, USA
"Transposing Knowledge: Beyond Translation in Medieval Islamic and Sino-Japanese Medicine"
 
Jul 6-10 2015 - International Conference on the History of East Asian Science at Ecole de Hautes Etudes en Sciences Sociales (EHESS), Paris, France
"Ishinpō and Life Cultivation in Ancient Japan"
 
Jul 2-5 2015 - British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference at Swansea University, Swansea, UK
"Constructing Japanese Science: Ishinpō and the History of Sino-Japanese Medicine"
 
May 28-30 2015 - Buddhism and Wellbeing Conference at University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada
"Buddhist Medicine in Ancient Japan: Ishinpō and Its Sources"
 
May 15 2015 - Text Reading Seminar at Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
"Sino-Japanese Medicine: Translating Foreign Texts"

Mar 17 2015 -
Invitation Lunchtime Seminar Series at the Centre for the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine, University of Manchester, Manchester, UK
"Chinese Medicine, Early Japan, and the Appropriation of Knowledge"

Jan 20 2015 - DEAS Postgraduate Research Seminar at University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
"Ishinpō and Language"

Jan 8 2015 - British Society for the History of Science Postgraduate Conference at University College London, London, UK
"Negotiating Medicine: The Ishinpō and Locality"

Dec 2 2014 - DEAS Postgraduate Research Seminar at University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
"The Ishinpō: Conceptualizing Knowledge"
 
Jul 05 2014 - British Society for the History of Science Annual Conference at University of St. Andrews, St. Andrews, UK
"Ancient Traditions in Foreign Medieval Cultures: Early Formulators Negotiating Medicine"

May 16 2014 - Text Reading Seminar at Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
"Reading Sino-Japanese Medicine"

Apr 29 2014 - DEAS Postgraduate Research Seminar at University of Cambridge, Cambridge, UK
"How to Negotiate Foreign Medicine: Tanba-no Yasuyori and Abū Bakr al-Rāzī"

Apr 25 2014 - British Association of Japanese Studies' Advanced Postgraduate Conference at SOAS, London, UK
"Secrets of the Ishinpō: Reading between the Lines"
 
Feb 21 2014 - Multiplying Horizons at Needham Research Institute, Cambridge, UK
"The Hui hui yao fang (Hui Formularies): Past, Present, Future"
 

2011/07 - World History Association Conference at Capital Normal University, Beijing, China
"Chinese Sphygmology in Arabic Medicine," paper presentation

2011/03 – Asian Conference of Cultural Studies, International Academic Forum, Osaka, Japan
"Debunking a Myth or Empowering an Idea," paper presentation

2007/05 – Princeton University Graduate Student Symposium at Princeton University, NJ, USA
On Beriberi in early 20th century Japanese media, paper presentation.