Science In The Medieval World

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During the Middle Ages, a thriving center for learning and research was Muslim Spain, where students gathered to consult Arabic manuscripts of earlier scientific works and study with famous teachers. One of these teachers was Sa'id al-Andalusi, who in 1068 wrote Kitab Tabaqat al-'Umam, or "Book of the Categories of Nations," which recorded the contributions to science of all known nations. Today, it is one of few surviving medieval Spanish Muslim texts, and this is its first ...

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Science in the Medieval World: Book of the Categories of Nations

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Overview

During the Middle Ages, a thriving center for learning and research was Muslim Spain, where students gathered to consult Arabic manuscripts of earlier scientific works and study with famous teachers. One of these teachers was Sa'id al-Andalusi, who in 1068 wrote Kitab Tabaqat al-'Umam, or "Book of the Categories of Nations," which recorded the contributions to science of all known nations. Today, it is one of few surviving medieval Spanish Muslim texts, and this is its first English translation.

Science ('ulum), as used by Sa'id and other scholars of that period, is a broad term covering virtually all aspects of human knowledge. After initial discussions of the categories of nations that did or did not cultivate science, Sa'id details the specific contribution of nine nations or peoples-India, Persia, Chaldea, Greece, Rome, Egypt, the Arab Orient, al-Andalus, and the Hebrews. He includes the names of many individual scientists and scholars and describes their various contributions to knowledge, making his book a significant work of reference as well as history.

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British Society for the History of Science
An invaluable reference work for historians of Islamic science in particular, but also for historians of science in other cultural areas.
Booknews
One of the earliest comprehensive essays on the history of science, written in 1068 by a famous teacher in Muslim Spain, is here translated into English for the first time. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780292704695
  • Publisher: University of Texas Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/1996
  • Series: History of Science Series
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 148
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.34 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
System of Transliteration
Sa'id al-Andalusi
Introduction
Tabaqat al-'Umam
Chapter 1. The Seven Original Nations
Chapter 2. The Two Categories of Nations
Chapter 3. Nations Having No Interest in Science
Chapter 4. Nations That Cultivated the Sciences
Chapter 5. Science in India
Chapter 6. Science in Persia
Chapter 7. Science of the Chaldeans
Chapter 8. Science in Greece
Chapter 9. Science of the Romans
Chapter 10. Science in Egypt
Chapter 11. The Arabs: General Information
Chapter 12. Science in the Arab Orient
Chapter 13. Science in al-Andalus
Chapter 14. Science of Banu Israel
Notes
Bibliography
Index
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