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By George Saliba

The Islamic clinical culture has been defined repeatedly in debts of Islamic civilization and normal histories of technological know-how, with so much authors tracing its beginnings to the appropriation of rules from different historical civilizations -- the Greeks particularly. during this thought-provoking and unique e-book, George Saliba argues that, opposite to the commonly authorized view, the rules of Islamic clinical concept have been laid good ahead of Greek assets have been officially translated into Arabic within the 9th century. Drawing on an account by way of the tenth-century highbrow historian Ibn al-Naidm that's missed through latest students, Saliba means that early translations from in most cases Persian and Greek resources outlining simple clinical rules for using govt departments have been the impetus for the advance of the Islamic medical culture. He argues additional that there has been an natural dating among the Islamic clinical proposal that built within the later centuries and the technological know-how that got here into being in Europe throughout the Renaissance.Saliba outlines the traditional money owed of Islamic technology, then discusses their shortcomings and proposes another narrative. utilizing astronomy as a template for tracing the growth of technology in Islamic civilization, Saliba demonstrates the originality of Islamic clinical idea. He info the recommendations (including new mathematical instruments) made by means of the Islamic astronomers from the 13th to 16th centuries, and provides facts that Copernicus can have identified of and drawn on their paintings. instead of viewing the increase and fall of Islamic technological know-how from the often-narrated views of politics and faith, Saliba specializes in the clinical creation itself and the advanced social, financial, and highbrow stipulations that made it possible.

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