Plants of the Qur’ān and other Religious Texts: Preserving Cultural History in a Changing World

Date:
Venue:
The Linnean Society of London, Burlington House, Piccadilly, London, W1J 0BF, United Kingdom
Organiser: events@linnean.org
0207 434 4479 ext 211

LUNCHTIME LECTURE 12:30–13:00 Wednesday 5 June 2019

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About 75 plants are mentioned in the Qur’ān and other Islamic texts and about 130 in Biblical texts. Most plants have a history of use as food, medicine or are valued for a particular characteristic they hold. Several plants mentioned in the Qur’ān and other Islamic texts are associated with the history and culture of the region where Islam originated and flourished. This is important as a loss of a species means that there is also a loss of history and culture that is associated with it, especially in its native environment. This talk will reflect how religious texts are important in preserving plants and their cultural history and value.

Dr Shahina A Ghazanfar FLS is Research Associate at the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew in the Directorate of Science. Her expertise lies in the vegetation, biogeography and conservation of the floras of the Middle East in particular that of the Arabian Peninsula. She has extensive knowledge on plants of medicinal and economic importance, and those of saline environments of the Arabian Peninsula. She advises regularly on native plants with potential to horticulture and using native plants for restoration of degraded landscapes.

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  • This event is free and open to all.
  • Doors will open at 12:15.
  • Tea will be served in the Library following the event.

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