Science and Civilization in Islam.

Nasr, Seyyed Hossein.

Book ID: 9843


8vo. xiv, 384 pp., 1 map, illustrations, preface by Giorgio De Santillana, cloth in d/w, previous owner’s name inscribed verso front cover, biblio, index, Harvard University Press, first edition, 1968.


This is the first one-volume work in English to deal with every branch of Islamic science and to approach it not from the Western viewpoint but as it is understood by the Muslims themselves. Islamic science, known to the West principally for its influence on the development of European scientific thought, occupied a central position within the Muslims culture. Through historical and morphological analysis, as well as through excerpts from actual texts, Dr. Nasr graphically conveys to Western readers the content and spirit of Islamic science. Although his primary objective is to examine Islamic science within the context of Islamic civilisation, Dr. Nasr also emphasises the far-reaching historical significance of those discoveries and writings which most directly affected the West.

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