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Science in Classical Islam

The slides for this week's lecture can be downloaded here


Read Lindberg's article, and one article of your choice on science in classical Islam (ie. the Islamic world between 800 and 1200 AD) from the encyclopedia (searching under 'al' is one way, but not the only way, to find such articles). Come to class prepared to briefly summarise the article you have chosen and to answer the question: what lessons can we draw from this article about science in classical Islam more generally?

Essential readings

David C. Lindberg, "Islamic Science," in The Beginnings of Western Science (Chicago: Chicago University Press, 2007) - on Talus Aspire reading list

Selin, Helaine, ed. Encyclopaedia of the History of Science, Technology, and Medicine in Non-Western Cultures. Third edition. Dordrecht: Springer Reference, 2016 - available as Warwick ebook (you may receive an error message on the Springer page, in which case simply search for the work in the Springer toolbar).

Further reading

Numerous articles in Selin, Encyclopaedia..., cited above.

Sabra, "The Appropriation and Subsequent Naturalization of Greek Science in Medieval Islam." History of Science 25, pp. 223–43 - freely available online

In Cambridge History of Science, volume 2, see chapters by Burnett, Ragep, Kheirandish, Morrison, and Savage-Smith

Freely, John. Light From the East: How the Science of Medieval Islam Helped to Shape the Western World. New York: I.B. Tauris, 2011 - Warwick ebook