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  • "Galen and Ibn al-Nafīs," for Companion to the Reception of Galen, eds Petros Bouras-Vallianatos and Barbara Zipser (Leiden: Brill, expected 2018).
  • “Generation in Medieval Islamic Medicine” in Reproduction: from Antiquity to the Present, eds Nick Hopwood, Rebecca Flemming and Lauren Kassell (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, expected 2018). 
  • "Post-Avicennan Physics in the Medical Commentaries of the Mamluk Period," Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 6 (2018): 55–81. (pdf
  • “Womb Heat versus Sperm Heat: Hippocrates against Galen and Ibn Sīnā in Ibn al-Nafīs's Commentaries,” Oriens 45 (2017): 150–175. (pdf)
  • “Medical Commentaries: A Preliminary Examination of Ibn al-Nafīs’s Shurū, the Mūjaz and Commentaries on the Mūjaz,Oriens 41 (2013): 525–545. (pdf)
    • “The Virtuous Son of the Rational: A Traditionalist’s Response to the Falāsifa,” in Avicenna and His Legacy: A Golden Age of Science and Philosophy, ed. Y. Tzvi Langermann (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols Publishers, 2009), 219–247. (pdf)
    • “Examining the Rate of Renaturation for Different Types of DNA” (with Andrew Mehl), Journal of Chemical Education, 76:5 (1999), 646–648.

    Essay Reviews

    • The Medieval Islamic Hospital: Medicine, Religion, and Charity, by Ahmed Ragab, Nazariyat: Journal for the History of Islamic Philosophy and Sciences, 3 (1), 2016: 109–118 (Turkish pdf), 137–146 (English pdf). 

    Encyclopedia articles

    • Biographical Dictionary of Islamic Civilization, ed. Mustafa Shah (London: I.B. Tauris, forthcoming), articles “Jābir ibn Ḥayyān” and “Ibn al-Nafīs.”
    • Oxford Encyclopedia of Philosophy, Science and Technology in Islam, ed. Ibrahim Kalin (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2014), s.v. “Ibn al-Nafīs,” 347–349.
    • Encyclopaedia of Islam, 3rd ed., ed. Kate Fleet, et al. (Leiden: Brill, forthcoming), s.v. “Ibn al-Nafīs.”

    Works in Progress

    • In Ibn al-Nafīs's Shadow: The Theory, Teaching and Practice of Medicine in the Mamluk Period, 1260–1520 (a new book project).

    Book Reviews

    • Reading Darwin in Arabic, 1860–1950, by Marwa Elshakry, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 47 (2015): 180–182. (pdf) 
    • Infectious Ideas: Contagion in Premodern Islamic and Christian Thought in the Western Mediterranean, by Justin K. Stearns, International Journal of Middle East Studies, 46 (2014): 437–439. (pdf)  
    • In Synchrony with the Heavens: Studies in Astronomical Timekeeping and Instrumentation in Medieval Islamic Civilization, vols. 1 & 2, by David A. King, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 73 (2014): 169–171. (pdf)
    • The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance, by Jim al-Khalili, History: Reviews of New Books, 40 (2012): 60–61.
    • Images of Islamic Science: Illustrated Manuscripts from the Iranian World, vol. 1, eds. Z. Vesel, S. Tourkin and Y. Porter, co-ordinator A. Beschaouch, Isis: Journal of the History of Science Society, 102 (2011): 766–768.
    • Islam and Science: The Intellectual Career of Niẓām al-Dīn al-Nīsābūrīby Robert Morrison, Journal of Islamic Studies, 21 (2010): 421–424.
    • The Islamic Understanding of Death and Resurrection, Paperback ed., by Jane Smith and Yvonne Haddad, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 69 (2010): 150–151.
    • The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China, and the West, 2nd ed., by Toby Huff, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 48 (2008): 175–177.
    • Islamic Humanism, by Lenn E. Goodman, Journal of Near Eastern Studies, 66 (2007): 151–153.
    • The Enterprise of Science in Islam: New Perspectives, ed. Jan P. Hogendijk and Abdelhamid I. Sabra, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 38 (2004): 84–86.
    • The History and Philosophy of Islamic Science, by Osman Bakar, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin, 37 (2003): 129–131.
    • Ibn al-Jazzār on Fevers: A Critical Edition of Zād al-Musāfir wa-qūt al-ḥāḍir (Provisions for the Traveller and Nourishment for the Sedentary), tr. and ed. Gerrit Bos, Middle East Studies Association Bulletin35 (2001): 91–92.
    • History Testifies to the Infallibility of the Qur'an: Early History of the Children of Israel, by Louay Fatoohi and Shetha al-Dargazelli, Islamic Studies, 39 (2000): 709–714. [Published in Malay as: "Kata Pengantar," in Sejarah Bangsa Israel dalam Bibel dan al-Quran: Sebuah Penilitian Islamic Archaeology, by Louay Fatoohi and Shetha al-Dargazelli, 11–20 (Malaysia: Penerbit Mizania, 2007)].
    • From Facts to Values: Certainty, Order, Balance and Their Universal Implications, by Mehran Banaei and Nadeem Haque, Islamic Studies, 39 (2000): 717–723.