This project is inspired by ninth and tenth-century Islamic medical manuscripts that have become the focus of recent scholarship. These original materials offer a tantalizing glimpse into the development of a key pillar of civilization and the cultural values that shaped it. The purpose of this project is to increase public awareness of the contributions the Islamic world made to medicine and the relevance of these achievements today. The Smithsonian Institution is working with a distinguished group of advisors that include medical professionals, historians and Islamic specialists to develop a multi-faceted project that uses medicine as a lens to learn about Muslim histories and cultures. The project explores the potential for a future traveling exhibit.