Late Arabic Scientific Commentaries

Their Role and their Originality

Works of Shams al-Dīn al-Khafrī (1550 C.E./956 A.H.)By George Saliba
SKU: 101018 Categories: , Date: 2014Language: EnglishEdition: 1ISBN: 9781905122578Format: PaperbackNo. of Volumes: 1No. of Pages: 58

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Summary

The book at hand focuses on the importance of scientific commentaries, especially manuscripts on astronomy, authored between the thirteenth and the sixteenth century. Dr Saliba demonstrates that particular commentaries were distinguished by the introduction of new scientific thinking, and also a level of astronomical mathematical sophistication that outmatched any of the earlier works that were produced within the Islamic civilisation, and, in some instances, even surpassed the contemporary scientific works that were produced in Europe at the time. Dr Saliba attributes the lack of scholarly attention to late scientific commentaries to a number of reasons, most prominently: the difficulty in reading late commentaries, absence of explanatory illustrations, and a perpetuated misconception that following the classical or golden age of Islam, there was nothing worth studying in terms of cultural output.

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Weight 0.078 kg
Dimensions 20 × 14 × 2 cm
Edition

1

Format

Paperback

ISBN-13

9781905122578

Language

English

Legacy ID

102955

Pages

58

Publication Date

2014

No. of Volumes

1

Book Editor

By George Saliba

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