Islamic Astronomy by Owen Gingerich

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Historians who track the development of astronomy from antiquity to the Renaissance sometimes refer to the time from the eighth through the 14th centuries as…

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How to take Islam back to reason


Science and Islam are intimately linked. This sounds odd. First, because we normally think of religion as harmfully hostile to science. Wasn’t there a long…

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What the history books left out


Does Islam’s vibrant scientific past hold the key to its intellectual future, asks Ehsan Masood

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A Polymath in the 10th Century


By Roshdi Rashed Ibn al-Haytham (10 to 11th century A.D.) The turn of the first millennium was a time of intense research in mathematics, physics,…

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Ramadan: A Good Time To Recall A Forgotten Doctor‏

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It is ironic that the man whom Europeans came to regard as one of the most influential Arab scientists and philosophers of the Middle Ages,…

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The Dicsoveries in Islamic Countries by Ahmed Djebbar

Ahmed Djebbar photo by Younes Boudiaf

From the middle of the VIII century to the end of the XVI, a new scientific tradition emerged then it was developed in numerous towns…

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Review of Dallal’s “Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History”

Islam Science and the Challenge of History Ahmad Dallal

Few years ago, the Journal of Islamic Studies (JIS, Oxford) published the rather long review it had asked Professor Nidhal Guessoum to write about Ahmad…

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Islam’s evolutionary legacy

Around Sheikh Zayed Mosque Photo by Muna Al Zaabi V02

Let’s not forget the unsung champions of evolution from the Muslim world

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Book of Optics (Kitab Al-Manazir) IBN AL-HAYTHAM

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Jim Al-Khalili revisits Ibn al-Haytham’s hugely influential study on its millennium.

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Copernicus and Ibn al-Shatir: does the copernican revolution have islamic roots?

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By Nidhal Guessoum I review first the main similarities and differences between the planetary model of Ibn al-Shatir (14th-Century Muslim astronomer) and of Copernicus. I…

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Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world

Ibn Firnas bridge Cordoba tribute

Think of the origins of that staple of modern life, the cup of coffee, and Italy often springs to mind. But in fact, Yemen is…

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So, Who Did Discover America?


Abu Rayhan al-Biruni, an Islamic scholar born a thousand years ago in Central Asia, calculated Earth’s circumference with astounding accuracy and invented specific gravity, the…

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