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Gabriele Ferrario

Senior assistant professor (fixed-term)

Department of Philosophy

Academic discipline: M-STO/05 History of Science and Technology



• “The master calligrapher of medieval Judaeo-Arabic alchemy: on the identification of a prolific alchemist-scribe in the Genizah alchemical corpus”, Asiatische Studien, forthcoming 2021

• “Pauca numero et utilibus plurima. Maimonides’ Treatise on Poisons and its Graeco-Arabic sources”, Micrologus (forthcoming 2021)

• “Sorting the pieces: towards a typology of Judaeo-Arabic alchemical fragments”, Journal of Islamic Manuscripts (forthcoming autumn-winter 2020)

• (with Maud Kozodoy), “Sciences and Medicine”, in Ackerman-Lieberman, P. (ed.), The Cambridge History of Judaism, Vol. 5: ‘The Middle Ages’ (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press – forthcoming autumn 2020).

• “Maimonides’ Book on Poisons and the Protection against Lethal Drugs”, in Wexler, P., Toxicology in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (London: Elzevier, 2017), pp. 31-42

• “In the Shadow of Goitein: Text Mining the Cairo Genizah,” Manuscript Cultures 7 (2014), pp. 29-34 (with C. Stokoe and B. Outhwaite)

• “The Jews and Alchemy: Notes for a Problematic Approach,” in M. López Pérez, D. Kahn, M. Rey Bueno (eds.), Chymia. Science and Nature in Medieval and Early Modern Europe (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2010), pp. 19-30

• “Understanding the Language of Alchemy: The Medieval Arabic Alchemical Lexicon in Berlin, Staatsbibliothek, MS Sprenger 1908,” Digital Proceedings of the First Annual Lawrence J. Schoenberg Symposium on Manuscript Studies in the Digital Age: Vol. 1: Iss. 1, Article 2 (online at: ; downloaded more than 3400 times by 04/01/2017).

• “An Arabic Dictionary of Technical Alchemical Words: MS Sprenger 1908 of the Staatsbibliothek zu Berlin (ff. 3r-6r),” Ambix: Journal for the Society for the History of Alchemy and Chemistry 56 (2009), pp. 36-48

• “Al-Kimiya. Notes on Arabic Alchemy,” Chemical Heritage Review 25 (2007). Reprinted in Lembright, R. (ed.), Annual Editions: Western Civilization, Volume 1: The Earliest Civilizations through the Reformation (New York, McGraw-Hill, 2011)

• “Origins and Transmission of the Liber de aluminibus et salibus,” in L. Principe (ed.), Chymists and Chymistry: Studies in the History of Alchemy and Early Modern Chymistry (Sagamore Beach, MA: Science History Publications, 2007), pp. 137-148

• “Il Libro degli allumi e dei sali: status quaestionis e prospettive di studio,” Henoch 26 (2004), pp. 275–296

Online resources

Medicine in Medieval Egypt: Creating Online Access to the Medical Corpus of the Cairo Genizah (funded by the Wellcome Trust), 2017 (with catalogue of 1800+ medical manuscripts from the Cambridge Genizah Collections)

Reviews, Reports and Short Publications

• “Plants on Maimonides’ Bookshelf: T-S Ar.41.41”, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit’s Fragment of the Month (January 2017)

• Review of La Messe alchimique attribuée à Melchior de Sibiu (Didier Kahn, Paris: Classiques Garnier, 2015) Ambix, 64:1 (2017), 99-100

• Review of Art and Alchemy. The mystery of transformation (Wismer, Von Kerssenbrock-Krosigk, Dupré eds. – Düsseldorf, Hirmer 2014), Ambix 63 (2016): 71-72

• “The earliest known fragment of Qusṭā ibn Lūqā’s Book on Numbness: T-S K6.194”, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit’s Fragment of the Month (September 2015)

• Review of La Conoscenza del Fare. Ingegneria, arte e scienza nel De la Pirotechnia di Vannoccio Biringuccio (Andrea Bernardoni, Roma: «L’Erma» di Bretschneider, 2011), Ambix 61 (2014): 200-201

• “Medieval Scientific Texts”, in G. Khan et al. (eds.), Encyclopedia of Hebrew Language and Linguistics, (Leiden: Brill, 2013), 3: 460-462

• Review of Matteo Martelli, Pseudo-Democrito. Scritti alchemici con il commentario di Sinesio (Paris: S.É.H.A, 2011), Ambix: 60 (2013):182-183

• “The affair of the purloined cows, T-S Misc.22.310”, Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit’s Fragment of the Month (March 2011)

• Review of Ahmad Y. Al-Hassan, Studies in Al-Kimiya’. Critical Issues in Latin and Arabic Alchemy and Chemistry (Hildesheim: Georg Olms Verlag, 2009), Hyle: International Journal for Philosophy of Chemistry 16 (2010):130-134

• “A Judaeo-Arabic version of Ibn Bahrīz’s treatise on logic, T-S K6.181” (with Ronny Vollandt), Taylor-Schechter Genizah Research Unit’s Fragment of the Month (September 2010)

• Review of Michael H. Morgan, Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists (Washington: National Geographic Society, 2007)

•Review of George Saliba, Islamic Science and the Making of European Renaissance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007), Chemical Heritage Review 26,1 (2008), pp. 44-45

• Report on the International Conference Judaism of Southern Italy in the Mediterranean Context: New Contributions (Syracuse, Italy, 25-27 September 2005), European Journal of Jewish Studies 1 (2007):189-194

• Report on the International Conference Guerra santa, guerra e pace dal Vicino Oriente antico alle tradizioni ebraica, cristiana e islamica (Ravenna, 11 May 2004; Bertinoro FC, 12 – 13 May 2004), Henoch 26 (2004):224-236


• M. ‘A. Amir-Moezzi and I. Zilio-Grandi (eds.), Dizionario del Corano. Milan: Mondadori, 2007. Translation of 200 pages from the French original, Dictionnaire du Coran (Paris: Bouquinis – Laffont, 2007)

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