Greek Thought, Arabic Culture

Greek Thought, Arabic Culture

by Dimitri Gutas
     
 

ISBN-10: 0415061334

ISBN-13: 9780415061339

Pub. Date: 07/16/2005

Publisher: Taylor & Francis

From the middle of the eighth century to the tenth century, almost all non-literary and non-historical secular Greek books, including such diverse topics as astrology, alchemy, physics, botany and medicine, that were not available throughout the eastern Byzantine Empire and the Near East, were translated into Arabic.
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Overview

From the middle of the eighth century to the tenth century, almost all non-literary and non-historical secular Greek books, including such diverse topics as astrology, alchemy, physics, botany and medicine, that were not available throughout the eastern Byzantine Empire and the Near East, were translated into Arabic.
Greek Thought, Arabic Culture explores the major social, political and ideological factors that occasioned the unprecedented translation movement from Greek into Arabic in Baghdad, the newly founded capital of the Arab dynasty of the 'Abbasids', during the first two centuries of their rule. Dimitri Gutas draws upon the preceding historical and philological scholarship in Greco-Arabic studies and the study of medieval translations of secular Greek works into Arabic and analyses the social and historical reasons for this phenomenon.
Dimitri Gutas provides a stimulating, erudite and well-documented survey of this key movement in the transmission of ancient Greek culture to the Middle Ages.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780415061339
Publisher:
Taylor & Francis
Publication date:
07/16/2005
Pages:
252
Sales rank:
534,141
Product dimensions:
5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.57(d)

Table of Contents

Preface
Note on Dates, Names, and Transliteration
Table: The 'Abbasid Caliphs During the Translation Movement
Introduction: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement as a Social and Historical Phenomenon1
Pt. ITranslation and Empire
1The Background of the Translation Movement: Material, Human, and Cultural Resources11
2Al-Mansur: Early 'Abbasid Imperial Ideology and the Translation Movement28
3Al-Mahdi and His Sons: Social and Religious Discourse and the Translation Movement61
4Al-Ma'mun: Domestic and Foreign Policies and the Translation Movement75
Pt. IITranslation and Society
5Translation in the Service of Applied and Theoretical Knowledge107
6Patrons, Translators, Translations121
7Translation and History: Developments from the Translation Movement151
Epilogue187
AppGreek Works Translated into Arabic
A Bibliographical Guide by Subject193
Bibliography and Abbreviations197
Chronological Bibliography of Studies on the Significance of the Translation Movement for Islamic Civilization212
General Index216
Index of Manuscripts230

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