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Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science

1st Edition

By Roshdi Rashed


1,242 pages

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The Arabic contribution is fundamental to the history of science, mathematics and technology, but until now no single publication has offered an up-to-date synthesis of knowledge in this area. In three fully-illustrated volumes the Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science documents the history and philosophy of Arabic science from the earliest times to the present day. The set as a whole covers seven centuries. Thirty chapters, written by an international team of specialists from Europe, America, the Middle East and Russia cover such areas as astronomy, mathematics, music, engineering, nautical science and scientific institutions.


'Each of the three volumes in the Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science contains a full bibliography of items quoted, making the work an indispensable tool for those eager for an introduction to the history of Arabic sciences including medicine.' - Society for Ancient Medicine Review

'There is a tremendous amount of material in here of direct relevance to anyone teaching biology whether in school, college or university.' - Journal of Biological Education

'They provide what has never been available to the general public before.' - Journal for the History of Science

'The Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science is the first current effort to describe and analyze a broad range of disciplianry topics in Arabic writings, instruments, and occasionally practices. Thirty chapters … permit the nonspecialist reader to glimpse the rich heritage of a substantial part of Arabic scholarly culture.' - Technology and Culture

Table of Contents

1) Astronomy - Theoretical and Applied

2) Mathematics and the Physical Sciences

3) Technology, Alchemy and Life Sciences

About the Author

Roshdi Rashed curremtly holds the positions of Directeur de recherche au C.N.R.S. and Director of the Centre d'Histoire des Sciences et des Philosophies Arabes et Medievales ans Professor at the University of Tokyo. His most recent publications include: The Development of Arabic Mathematics: Between Arithmetic and Algebra, Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science, 156 (Dordrecht/Boston/London, 1994) and Optique et mathematique. Recherches sur l'histoire de la pensee scientifique en arabe, Varriorum Reprints, 1992.

Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
HISTORY / General
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Regional Studies