Ulugh Beg 15th-Century Sultan Of the Stars

Timurid ruler as well as an astronomer, mathematician. His primary interest was in the sciences and intellectual matters. He built an observatory at Samarkand.

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The Interplay of Science and Theology in the 14th-century Kalam by Ahmad Dallal

Modern studies in the history of science show that productive, original scientific research persisted into the sixteenth century A.D. in the Islamic World. Yet, histories…

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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

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

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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Islam’s evolutionary legacy

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

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?

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

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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The ‘first true scientist’

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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