I propose to investigate the influence of medieval Islamic and Hebraic medical and magical texts on European medical practices, notions of love and relations between men and women. By looking at the medical, magical, and related imaginative literature produced in the medieval (and early modern) Islamic community that extended from Spain and North Africa in the west, and into the Near East, including Egypt, Syria, Iraq, and Iran (Persia), I hope to gain an understanding of the shared history of the Islamic and the European Christian worlds, seeing these communities simultaneously in conflict (think the crusades, for example) and in concert (sharing and transferring medical texts). My current research considers the cultural interplay between European medieval and early modern socio-medical practices and medieval and early modern Romances. Expanding this research to include that of the Near East will result in new scholarly work as well as add greater interpretive depth to my current book project. Additionally, research in this area promises to allow me to develop both new units in existing courses in the English Department and a new course for the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Minor, both of which would contribute to the Middle Eastern and North African (MENA) concentration in the International Studies program. These courses are also consistent with the goals of the college's recent Strategic Plan which emphasizes globalization and interdisciplinarity. In moving beyond my geographical area of expertise to develop a more expansive and comprehensive view of the cultural landscape of European and Islamic communities, this proposed project is consistent with the goals and themes of the New Directions Initiative.