Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim

Staff details

Position Reader
Department History
Email r.yoeli-tlalim (@gold.ac.uk)
Phone +44 (0)20 7919 7499
Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim

Academic qualifications

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


BA second and third year

Global History of Buddhism

History of Asian Medicine: From Manuscripts to YouTube

Bodies and Drugs: A Global History of Medicine

Third year Special Subject

Medicine on the Silk Roads: Transitions and Transmitions

Areas of supervision

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim welcomes research proposals on various aspects of the history of Asian medicine, as well as in interactions between medicine and religion.

Research Interests

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim's research has focused on the transmission of medical ideas along the Silk-Roads. Within this general scope, she has 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.

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim's 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.

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




Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2021. ReOrienting Histories of Medicine: Encounters along the Silk Roads. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472512574

Edited Book

Akasoy, Anna; Burnett, Charles and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit , eds. 2013. Rashīd al-Dīn: Agent and mediator of cultural exchanges in Ilkhanid Iran. London: Warburg Institute. ISBN 9780854811533

Akasoy, Anna; Burnett, Charles and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit , eds. 2010. Islam and Tibet – Interactions along the Musk Routes. London: Ashgate. ISBN 9780754669562

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

Book Section

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2021. Exploring Eurasian transmissions of medical knowledge: cues from the Hebrew Book of Asaf. In: Lennart Lehmhaus, ed. Defining Jewish Medicine: Transfer of Medical Knowledge in Jewish Cultures and Traditions. Wiesbaden: Harrassowitz, pp. 295-311. ISBN 9783447108263

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2020. Tibetan Medicine and its Buddhist Contexts. In: John Barton, ed. Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Religion. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2019. The Silk Roads as a Model for Exploring Eurasian Transmissions of Medical Knowledge: Views from the Tibetan Medical Manuscripts of Dunhuang. In: Pamela H. Smith, ed. Entangled Itineraries: Materials, Practices, and Knowledges across Eurasia. Pittsburgh: University of Pittsburgh Press, pp. 47-62. ISBN 9780822965770

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2019. Galen in Asia? In: Barbara Zipser and Petros Bouras-Vallianatos, eds. Brill's Companion to the Reception of Galen. Leiden, Netherlands: Brill, pp. 594-608. ISBN 9789004302211

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2019. Medical Practices in Tibet. In: Sonja Brentjes, ed. Routledge Handbook on Science in the Islamicate World: Practices from the 8th to the 19th Century. Abingdon: Routledge. ISBN 9781138047594

Lo, Vivienne and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2018. Travelling Light: Sino-Tibetan Moxa-Cautery from Dunhuang. In: Vivienne Lo and Penelope Barrett, eds. Imagining Chinese Medicine. Leiden: Brill, pp. 271-290. ISBN 9789004362161

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2018. A Tibetan image of Divination: Some Contextual Remarks. In: Vivienne Lo, ed. Imagining Chinese Medicine. Leiden: Brill, pp. 429-440. ISBN 9789004366183

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2015. Between medicine and ritual: Tibetan 'medical rituals' from Dunhuang. In: Charles Ramble and Ulrike Roesler, eds. Tibetan and Himalayan Healing: An Anthology for Anthony Aris. Kathmandu, Nepal: Vajra Books, pp. 749-755. ISBN 978-9937-623-35-3

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2014. Medicine, astrology and divination. In: Theresia Hofer, ed. Bodies in Balance: The Art of Tibetan Medicine. New York, New York, USA: Washington University Press, pp. 90-104. ISBN 978-0-295-99359-1

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

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2010. Islam and Tibet-Cultural Interactions: An Introduction. In: Anna Akasoy; Charles Burnett and Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim, eds. Islam and Tibet – Interactions along the Musk Routes. London: Ashgate, pp. 1-16. ISBN 9780754669562

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2010. On urine analysis and Tibetan medicine's connections with the West. In: Sienna Craig; Mingji Cuomu; Frances Garrett and Mona Schrempf, eds. Studies of Medical Pluralism in Tibetan History and Society. Halle: International Institute for Tibetan and Buddhist Studies, pp. 195-211. ISBN 978-3-88280-087-6

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


Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2018. Exploring Persian Lore in the Hebrew Book of Asaf. Aleph, 18(1), pp. 123-146. ISSN 1565-1525

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2012. Re-visiting ‘Galen in Tibet'. Medical History, 56(3), pp. 355-365. ISSN 2048-8343

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


Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit ; Moore, Taylor M. and Hamza, Shireen. 2017. Medicine Along the Musk Route.


Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit . 2015. Asian Medicine Zone. New Major Wellcome Exhibition: Tibet’s Secret Temple: Body, Mind and Meditation in Tantric Buddhism.


Carel, Havi and Macnaughton, Jane. 2015-2020 Life of Breath.

Alberts, Tara; Fransen, Sietske and Leong, Elaine. 2016 - 2019 Translating Medicine in the Premodern World.