Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim

Ronit's research has focussed on the transmission of medical ideas along the Silk-Roads, including Tibetan medicines.

Staff details

Dr Ronit Yoeli-Tlalim






r.yoeli-tlalim (@gold.ac.uk)

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.

Publications and research outputs


Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2021. ReOrienting Histories of Medicine: Encounters along the Silk Roads. London: Bloomsbury. ISBN 9781472512574 (Hbk)/9781350195820 (Pbk)

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

Edited Journal

Stanley-Baker, Michael; Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit and Yang, Dolly, eds. 2021. Special Issue: Asian Medicine and COVID-19: Ethnologies, Histories, Reflections, Asian Medicine, 16(1). 1573-420X

Book Section

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit and Weil, Dror. 2024. Galen in Premodern Tibet and China: Impressions and Footprints. In: Ralph Rosen and Peter Singer, eds. The Oxford Handbook of Galen. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780190913687

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2023. Medical Practices in Tibet in Intercultural Contexts. In: Sonja Brentjes, ed. Routledge Handbook on Science in the Islamicate World: Practices from the 2nd/8th to the 13th/19th Centuries. Abingdon: Routledge, pp. 677-687. ISBN 9781138047594

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


Stanley-Baker, Michael and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2021. Asian Medicine and COVID-19: Ethnologies, Histories, Reflections. Asian Medicine, 16(1), pp. 1-10. ISSN 1573-420X

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. 2022. ReOrienting Medicine on the Silk Roads.

Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit and Rose, Christopher S.. 2021. ReOrienting Histories of Medicine: Interview on New Books Network.

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


Stanley-Baker, Michael and Yoeli-Tlalim, Ronit. 2021. Asian Medicine and COVID-19: Introducing a Special Issue of Asian Medicine.

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.

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.