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Dr Dror Weil

Lecturer in History of Asia, pre-1750


I received my PhD from Princeton University's Department of East Asian

Studies in 2016 with the dissertation “The Vicissitudes of Late Imperial

China's Accommodation of Arabo-Persian Knowledge of the Natural

World, 16th-18th Centuries". Before coming to King’s College, I was a

postdoctoral fellow at Tel Aviv University and Max Planck Institute for

the History of Science and a member of the Berlin Center for the History of Knowledge.

My research interests focus on the circulation of Arabic and Persian texts in pre-modern China (roughly 13th-18th centuries) and the larger global circulation of knowledge beyond Europe during the late-medieval and early modern periods. In my past and present projects, I have studied the movements of astral and medical texts across Asia, as well as the processes of translation and domestication of knowledge that these movements encompassed. I am particularly interested in unraveling the intriguing relationship between scholarly practices and scientific endeavors and the ways scientific experience is (re)presented in writing.

Research Projects

Translating Medicine in the Premodern World – a Working Group based at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science. The project has comprised of a number of workshops toward a special issue (forthcoming 2022)


Premodern Experience of the Natural World in Translation – a multi-year project based at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science (affiliated with the Research Group: Experience in the Premodern Sciences of Soul & Body ca. 800–1650, Katja Krause). The project has comprised of a number of international workshops and conferences and a monograph project (forthcoming 2022).

Recent Publications:

  • 2018. ‘The Fourteenth-Century Transformation in China's Reception of Arabo-Persian Astronomy’, in Knowledge in Translation: Global Patterns of Scientific Exchange, 1000-1800 CE, Patrick Manning and Abigail Owen (eds.), (Pittsburg, 2018), 345-370

  • 2016. ‘Islamicated China - China's Participation in the Islamicate Book Culture during the Seventeenth and Eighteenth Centuries’, in Intellectual History of the Islamicate World 4, No. 1-2 (Jan. 2016), 36-60.

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