Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction by Howard R. TurnerScience in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction by Howard R. Turner

Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction

byHoward R. Turner

Paperback | January 1, 1997

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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 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.

Howard R. Turner is a documentary and educational film and television writer who served as Curator for Science for the major traveling exhibition "The Heritage of Islam, 1982–1983."
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Title:Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated IntroductionFormat:PaperbackDimensions:288 pages, 8.97 × 6.04 × 0.73 inPublished:January 1, 1997Publisher:University Of Texas Press

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ISBN - 10:0292781490

ISBN - 13:9780292781498

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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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During the Golden Age of Islam (7th through the 17th century) Muslim philosophers and poets, artists and scientists, princes and laborers created a unique culture that has influenced societies on every continent. Here documentary writer Howard Turner offers a fully illustrated, highly accessible introduction to the scientific achievements of medieval Islam. 98 photos. 8 line drawings.

Editorial Reviews

"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