Dr. Naama Rachel Cohen Hanegbi

Department of History
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Dr. Naama Rachel Cohen Hanegbi
Phone: 03-6407278
Office: Gilman-humanities, 378א


My research focuses on the relationship between medicine and religion in late medieval Italy and Spain, and the history of emotions. These interests have been pursued in two projects. The first, which was the topic of my PhD dissertation and is now being developed into a monograph, is on the care of the soul and the emotions between 1200 and 1500. The second, considers the role of interreligious encounter among Christian, Jewish and convert physicians in Spain during the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, and the mechanism of transmission of learned medicine and intellectual knowledge across the religious divide.
Research Interests: Medieval cultural and intellectual history, medicine and religion, history of emotions, conversion, Late Medieval Spain.


1.     Elad Shaul Zamir – MA Thesis (Phase 2)  – Resistance and Solidarity in the Birthing Chamber 2014-
2.     Tamar Evron – MA Thesis (Phase 2) – The Medical Work of Avraham Ben David Caslari: A Physician in Fourteenth Century Spain 2015-
3.     Shiri Birenboim – MA Thesis (Phase 2) – Theology of Sin and the Fall from Eden in the Medicine and Science in Causae et Curae of Hildegard of Bingen 2014-
4.    Anna Gutgarts –Thomas Arthur Arnold Post-Doctoral Fellow at the School of History [ 2017-2018]




Caring for the Living Soul: Emotions, Medicine and Penance in the Late Medieval Mediterranean (Leiden: Brill, 2017)

Edited Collections:

Cluster editor, Learning Practice from Texts: Jews and Medicine in the Later Middle Ages, special cluster, Social History of Medicine 32:4 (2019): 659-750.

With Piroska Nagy, Pleasure in the Middle Ages (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018), Editors' introduction, approx. 17pp.

Articles and Chapters

“Afterword: Healing Women and Women Healers” in Gender, Health, and Healing, 1250-1550, eds. Sara Ritchey and Sharon Strocchia (Amsterdam: Amsterdam University Press, 2020), pp. 315-323.

“Postpartum Mental Distress in Late Medieval Europe,” The Mediaeval Journal 9:1 (2019): 109-141.

"Learning Practice from Texts: Jews and Medicine in the Later Middle Ages,” Social History of Medicine 32:4 (2019): 1-11.

"Accidentia anime in Late Medieval Medicine,’ in Before Emotion: The Language of Feeling, 400-1800, ed. Juanita Feros Ruys, Michael Champion, Kirk Essary (Routledge (Routledge Research in Medieval Literature), 2019), pp. 131-141.

“Feeling Unhealthy in Late Medieval Europe,” in The Cultural History of Medicine in the Middle Ages ed. Iona McCleery (London: Berg, forthcoming).

"Bodily Pleasures: Late Medieval Medical Counsel in Context," in Pleasure in the Middle Ages, ed. Naama Cohen-Hanegbi and Piroska Nagy (Turnhout: Brepols, 2018).

“A Moving Soul: Emotions in Late Medieval Medicine,” Osiris 31 (2016): 1-21.

“Jean of Avignon: Conversing in Two Worlds,” Medieval Encounters 22 (2016): 165-192.

“Mourning under Medical Care: A Study of a consilium by Bartolomeo Montagnana,” Parergon 31:2 (2014): 35-54.

With Uri Melammed, “Appendix: Jean of Avignon’s Introduction to his Translation of Lilium medicine, an Annotated Critical Edition and Translation,” in Latin into Hebrew, pp. 146-159.

"Transmitting Medicine Across Religions: Jean of Avignon's Hebrew Translation of Lilium medicine," in Latin into Hebrew, ed. Gad Freudenthal and Resianne Fontaine (Leiden, Brill, 2013), pp. 121-145.

"Pain as an Emotion: The Role of Emotional Pain in 15th century Italian Medicine and Confession," in Knowledge and Pain, ed. Esther Cohen, Manuela Consoni, Otniel Dror and Leona Toker (Rodopi: Amsterdam, 2012), pp. 63-82.

"The Emotional Body of Women: Medical Practice between the 13th and 15th Centuries," in Le sujet des émotions au Moyen Âge, ed. D. Boquet et P. Nagy (Paris, Beauchesne, 2009), pp. 465-482.

"The Matter of Emotions: Priests and Physicians on the Movements of the Soul," in Convergence/Divergence: The Politics of Late Medieval English Devotional and Medical Discourses, ed. Denis Renevey and Naoë Kukita Yoshikawa, Special issue of Poetica: An International Journal of Linguistic-Literary Studies, 72 (2009), pp. 21-42.

"ריפוי כאב וכאב מרפא – רופאים ומוודים כותבים על כאב ורגשות," בגליון זמן ביניים עורכים איריס שגריר ויצחק חן, זמנים (אפריל, 2012), עמ' 24- 31.

"רגשות ברפואת ימי הביניים: בין תיאוריה למעשה," בתוך גופי הקרוע מלבלב: ובחרת בחיים – אדם ספרות ורפואה, עורכת יהושבע בנטוב (ירושלים, כרמל, 2009), עמ' 215- 222.

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