Situated between the Greek, Indian and Persian scientific traditions and modern science, the Islamic scientific tradition received, enriched, transformed and then bequeathed scientific knowledge to Europe. The articles selected for this volume explore the fascinating process of knowledge in motion between different civilizations.
Table of Contents
Contents: Introduction; Part I: Greek into Arabic: The transmission of Hindu-Arabic numerals reconsidered, Paul Kunitzsch; The development of Arabic science in Andalusia, Juan Vernet and Julio SamsÃ³; The heritage of Arabic science in Hebrew, Bernard R. Goldstein; Greek and Islamic elements in Arabic mathematics, J. L. Berggren. Part II Naturalization, Transformation, and Originality: The appropriation and subsequent naturalization of Greek science in medieval Islam: a preliminary statement, A.I. Sabra; Situating Arabic science: locality versus essence, A.I. Sabra; Historical reflections of scientific knowledge: the case of medieval Islam, J.Len Berggren; Early Arabic critique of Ptolemaic cosmology: a 9th-century text on the motion of the celestial spheres, George Saliba; Al-Qushji's reform of the Ptolemaic model for Mercury, George Saliba; A medieval Arabic reform of the Ptolemaic lunar model, George Saliba; Arabic planetary theories after the 11th century AD, George Saliba; Al-KindÃ®'s commentary on Archimedes' The Measurement of the Circle, Roshdi Rashed; Science and philosophy in medieval Islamic theology: the evidence of the 14th century, A.I. Sabra; Astronomy and Islamic society: Qibla, gnomonics and timekeeping, David A. King; Too many cooks... a new account of the earliest Muslim geodetic measurements, David A. King. Part III: Islamic Science to the West: The influence of Arabic astronomy in the medieval West, Henri Hugonnard-Roche; Arab origin of European maps, Fuat Sezgin; Science as a Western phenomenon, Roshdi Rashed; Name index.
Muzaffar Iqbal is the founder-president of Center for Islam and Science, Canada. He is the author, editor and translator of twenty-one books on various aspects of Islam, its spiritual and intellectual traditions, Islam and the West, and the history of Islamic science. He is the General Editor of the forthcoming seven-volume Integrated Encyclopedia of the Qur'an, the first English language reference work on the Qur'an based on fourteen centuries of Muslim reflection and scholarship.