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George Saliba: Seeking the Origins of Modern Science?


Review Article by George Saliba, Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, Department of Middle East and Asian Languages and Cultures, Columbia University.

Toby E. Huff. The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. Pb. ed., 1995. xiv, 409 pp. Hb. ISBN 0 521 43496 3. ISBN 0 521 49833 3.

"It is not altogether easy to break the habit of thinking of history as blindly groping toward a goal that the West alone was clever enough to reach. . . . " A. C. Graham (1)

Arabic in post-Renaissance Europe


In one of his lectures, Dr. George Saliba mentions Abu Bakr Muhammad Ibn Zakareya Al Razi (Rhazes) and his treatise on Measles and Smallpox (being the first one to distiguish between them. That work was published in Arabic and Latin in London 1766, as "Ar-Razi, Muhammad Ibn-Zakariya: Rhazes De Variolis Et Morbilis / cura et impensis Iohannis Channing. - Londini : Bowyer, 1766. - XVI, 276 S."My interest was piqued, and I did some searching for myself.

Biography: Leo Africanus - Hassan Ibn Muhammad Al Wazzan Al Fasi الحسن الوزان - ليو الأفريقي


Al Hassan Ibn Muhammad Al Wazzan Al Fasi الحسن بن محمد الوزان الفاسي, also known as Leo Africanus ليو الأفريقي, is one enigmatic figure in 16th century Europe.

Dr. George Saliba on the Influence of Islamic Science in post-Renaissance Europe


On Thursday March 4, 2004, Dr. George Saliba Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University in New York City gave a lecture at the University of Waterloo titled "Reception of Islamic Sciences in Europe".The main points of the lecture were:

    Biography: Joseph Barbatus أبو دقن


    Joseph Barbatus was an Egyptian Copt who lived in early 17th century Paris, France, and taught Arabic there.He is also known as Josephus Barbatus, Abudacnus, which is a latinized version of the Arabic أبو دقن "Abu Dakn" (one with a beard).The fact that he is from Egypt, and a native speaker of Arabic, no doubt made him distinguished in teaching this language. Not only did he teach Arabic, but wrote on Hebrew as well. As a Copt, he also wrote a history of the Coptic church, a work that Edward Gibbons in his Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire is familiar with.His works include:


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