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Science in Medieval Islam An Illustrated Introduction

ISBN-10: 0292781490

ISBN-13: 9780292781498

Edition: 1997

Authors: Howard R. Turner

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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 culturethe 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' great cultures, one which is experiencing a remarkable resurgence as a religious, political, and social force in our own time.
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Book details

List price: $28.95
Copyright year: 1997
Publisher: University of Texas Press
Publication date: 1/1/1997
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 288
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 1.276
Language: English

Illustrations
Foreword and Acknowledgments
Introduction
Islam as Empire
Forces and Bonds: Faith, Language, and Thought
Roots
Cosmology: The Universes of Islam
Mathematics: Native Tongue of Science
Astronomy
Astrology: Scientific Non-science
Geography
Medicine
Natural Sciences
Alchemy
Optics
The Later Years
Transmission
The New West
EpilogueIslam and the World: A Summary Timeline
Glossary
Works Consulted
Illustration Sources
Index