Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England by G. J. Toomer

Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century England

byG. J. Toomer

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This book narrates the extraordinary growth in the study of Arabic in England from the late sixteenth century, when it was almost non-existent, to the end of the seventeenth. By its high point around 1666, England was pre-eminent among European countries in the study of Arabic. PermanentChairs of Arabic had been established at Oxford and Cambridge, and specialized presses in Oxford and London had produced Arabic works. The Professor at Oxford, Edward Pococke, was recognized as the foremost scholar in the field in Europe, and a great collection of Arabic manuscripts, begun byArchbishop Laud, was being built up at Oxford.In this masterly and original study, Professor Toomer gives the first detailed account of this process, set against the religious and political background in England and Europe. He shows how trade with the Ottoman Empire and mistrust of Islam influenced the study of Arabic. Finally, he traces thecourse and causes of the drastic decline in Arabic studies towards the end of the century.

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G.J. Toomer is Professor Emeritus of the History of Mathematics, Brown University, and Associate in the History of Science Department, Harvard University.
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Title:Eastern Wisedome and Learning: The Study of Arabic in Seventeenth-Century EnglandFormat:HardcoverDimensions:394 pages, 8.5 × 5.43 × 1.1 inPublished:April 1, 1993Publisher:Oxford University Press

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This book narrates the extraordinary growth in the study of Arabic in England from the late sixteenth century, when it was almost non-existent, to the end of the seventeenth. By its high point around 1666, England was preeminent among European countries in the study of Arabic. Permanent chairs of Arabic had been established at Oxford and Cambridge, and specialized presses in Oxford and London had produced important Arabic works. In this masterly and original study, Professor Toomer gives the first detailed account of this process, set against the religious and political background in England and in Europe. He shows how trade with the Ottoman Empire and mistrust of Islam influenced the study of Arabic. Finally, he traces the course and causes of the drastic decline in Arabic studies towards the end of the century.

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`The author is to be congratulated on an extremely thoroughly researched, systematic and detailed account of Arabic studies in seventeenth-century England. The present work is based on a very wide range of printed primary and secondary sources, and on unpublished materials, hitherto largelyunexplored, in the Bodleian and British Libraries and the Public Record Office.'P.M. Holt, Bulletin of the School of Oriental and African Studies, Vol. 60, No. 2, '97