Department of History

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim

Position held:
Wellcome Trust Research Fellow

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Office hours:
Monday 4-5pm or by appointment
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Academic qualifications

BA Tel-Aviv University, 1989
MA summa cum laude Tel-Aviv University, 1998
PhD SOAS, University of London, 2004 


Third year Special Subject
Medicine on the Silk Roads: Transitions and Transmitions

Areas of supervision

I would welcome research proposals on various aspects of the history of Asian medicine, as well as in interactions between medicine and religion.

Grants & awards

  • Wellcome Trust University Award, 2010
  • Research Fellowship (three years), Wellcome Trust, 2007
  • Warburg Institute, Short Term Fellowship, 2004
  • SOAS research fund; Curty-Gullay Fellowship, 2002
  • Spalding award for the study of Religions; Sutasoma award for Buddhist Studies, 2001
  • Frederick Williamson Fellowship (Cambridge), 1999
  • Ian Karten Fellowship, 1998

Professional activities

I am a member of the Editorial Board of: Asian Medicine: Tradition and Modernity (Brill).

Research interests

My recent research has focused on the transmission of medical ideas along the Silk-Roads. Within this general scope, I have been working on the history of early Tibetan medicine, based primarily on manuscripts found in the Dunhuang caves. This work followed up on my work which consisted part of the 'Islam and Tibet' project at the Warburg Institute .

My current research project funded by the Wellcome Trust is titled: "Re-Orienting Early Medicine: Bridges of Knowledge between 'east' and 'west'". The main goal of this project is to analyse the ways in which ancient Hebrew medicine, like ancient Tibetan medicine, is a case of 'medical syncretism' deriving from what is termed 'eastern' and 'western' medical traditions.

My academic training has been in the Study of Religions and I am also interested in the ways religions have defined transmission of knowledge, both in the Buddhist and Jewish cases.


Selected publications

Number of items: 6.


Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2010. Tibetan ‘wind’ and ‘wind’ illnesses: towards a multicultural approach to health and illness. Studies in History and Philosophy of Science Part C: Studies in History and Philosophy of Biological and Biomedical Sciences, 41(4), pp. 318-324. ISSN 1369-8486 [Article]

Book Section

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2013. “Central Asian Mélange: Early Tibetan Medicine from Dunhunag”. In: , ed. Scribes, Texts, and Rituals in Early Tibet and Dunhuang. Wiesbaden: Reichert-Verlag, 53 -60. ISBN 978-3-89500-938-9 [Book Section]

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2008. Tibetan Medical Astrology. In: Anna Akasoy, Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, eds. Astro-Medicine: Astrology and Medicine, East and West. Florence: Sismel, pp. 223-236. ISBN 978-88-8450-300-8 [Book Section]

Edited Book

Akasoy, Anna, Burnett, Charles and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit, eds. 2011. Rashīd al-Dīn: Agent and mediator of cultural exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran. London: Warburg Institute. ISBN 9780854811533 [Edited Book] (In Press)

Akasoy, Anna, Burnett, Charles and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit, eds. 2010. Islam and Tibet – Interactions along the Musk Routes. London: Ashgate. ISBN 978-0-7546-6956-2 [Edited Book]

Akasoy, Anna, Burnett, Charles and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit, eds. 2008. Astro-Medicine: Astrology and Medicine, East and West. Florence: Sismel. ISBN 978-88-8450-300-8 [Edited Book]

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