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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:

      Weather: More variability


      Well, this week, we saw the first day with above freezing temperature in more than month. Last Tuesday, there was a bit of a thaw, and slush formed. Overnight, it froze again, making for a lot of slippery ice.We also had some freezing rain, which forms when a relatively shallow layer of cold air is above the ground, and rain falling through it is still in the liquid state, but as soon as it hits a surface, it freezes, causing a layer of ice on everything. This can be very tricky driving on.Ice pellets have also occurred twice in the last week or so.


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