Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction / Edition 1

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Overview

During the Golden Age of Islam (seventh through seventeenth centuries A.D.), Muslim philosophers and poets, artists and scientists, princes and laborers created a unique culture that has influenced societies on every continent. This book offers a fully illustrated, highly accessible introduction to an important aspect of that culture—the scientific achievements of medieval Islam.

Howard Turner opens with a historical overview of the spread of Islamic civilization from the Arabian peninsula eastward to India and westward across northern Africa into Spain. He describes how a passion for knowledge led the Muslims during their centuries of empire-building to assimilate and expand the scientific knowledge of older cultures, including those of Greece, India, and China. He explores medieval Islamic accomplishments in cosmology, mathematics, astronomy, astrology, geography, medicine, natural sciences, alchemy, and optics. He also indicates the ways in which Muslim scientific achievement influenced the advance of science in the Western world from the Renaissance to the modern era. This survey of historic Muslim scientific achievements offers students and general readers a window into one of the world's great cultures, one which is experiencing a remarkable resurgence as a religious, political, and social force in our own time.

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What People Are Saying

Emory C. Bogle
This book could well become the best means to introduce people to Islam's contributions to science, medicine, and philosophy.... The wonderful illustrations make it even more understandable.
Emory C. Bogle, Associate Professor of History, University of Richmond
Emory C. Bogle
This book could well become the best means to introduce people to Islam's contributions to science, medicine, and philosophy.... The wonderful illustrations make it even more understandable.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292781498
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/28/1997
  • Edition description: ILL
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 262
  • Sales rank: 1,240,716
  • Product dimensions: 6.07 (w) x 9.02 (h) x 0.76 (d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations
Foreword and Acknowledgments
Introduction
1. Islam as Empire
2. Forces and Bonds: Faith, Language, and Thought
3. Roots
4. Cosmology: The Universes of Islam
5. Mathematics: Native Tongue of Science
6. Astronomy
7. Astrology: Scientific Non-science
8. Geography
9. Medicine
10. Natural Sciences
11. Alchemy
12. Optics
13. The Later Years
14. Transmission
15. The New West
16. Epilogue
Islam and the World: A Summary Timeline
Glossary
Works Consulted
Illustration Sources
Index
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