Science in Medieval Islam: An Illustrated Introduction

Paperback | January 1, 1997

byHoward 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 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.

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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 achieveme...

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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—t...

Format: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

IllustrationsForeword and AcknowledgmentsIntroduction1. Islam as Empire2. Forces and Bonds: Faith, Language, and Thought3. Roots4. Cosmology: The Universes of Islam5. Mathematics: Native Tongue of Science6. Astronomy7. Astrology: Scientific Non-science8. Geography9. Medicine10. Natural Sciences11. Alchemy12. Optics13. The Later Years14. Transmission15. The New West16. EpilogueIslam and the World: A Summary TimelineGlossaryWorks ConsultedIllustration SourcesIndex

From Our Editors

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.

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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