So, Who Did Discover America?

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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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The ‘first true scientist’

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By Professor Jim Al-Khalili University of Surrey Isaac Newton is, as most will agree, the greatest physicist of all time. At the very least, he…

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Looking back on the Golden Age of Muslim Science

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With Syria in an almost apocalyptic state of civil war at the moment, it’s hard to remember that Damascus was once one of the great…

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Medical Education in Islamic Civilization

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The practice of medicine was considered a noble profession by Muslims…

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Lessons from the past: science and rationalism in medieval Islam

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British Humanist Association (BHA) President, physicist and broadcaster Professor Jim Al-Khalili gave the 2014 Voltaire Lecture at Conway Hall, London, on the theme of ‘Lessons…

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It’s Time to Herald the Arabic Science That Prefigured Darwin and Newton

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In this era of intolerance and cultural tension, Professor Al-Khalili launched a hearty plea in The Guardian in January 2008 to appreciate the fertile scholarship…

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Call to arms

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Second, each country has directed funds towards military R&D, money that could, for example, have been spent on R&D towards alleviating poverty. Why the neglect…

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Mathematical Activities in North Africa 5/5

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5. The mathematicians of the Maghrib after the 15th century To our knowledge, mathematical production of the period that extends from the beginning of the…

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Mathematical Activities in North Africa 4/5

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4. Mathematical production in the Maghrib during the 14th-15th centuries In the history of scientific activities in the Maghrib, the 14th century constitutes a privileged…

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Mathematical Activities in North Africa 3/5

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3. Mathematics in the Maghrib during the Almohad epoch (12th-13th centuries) The importance of the 12th century in the political and economic history of the…

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Mathematical Activities in North Africa 2/5

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2. Birth and first developments of mathematical activities in the Maghrib (9th-11th centuries) Taking into account the very close economical, political and cultural links which…

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Islam and Science: concordance or Conflict? By Prof. Abdus Salam 2/5

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Early Islam and Science How seriously did the early Muslims take these injunctions of the Holy Qur’an and of the Holy Prophetsa? Barely a hundred…

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