Shining light upon light

Two science histories dissect the transfer of knowledge between the Greco–Islamic and European civilizations, and put right the impression that the flow was one way, explains Yasmin Khan.


  • Aladdin’s Lamp: How Greek Science Came to Europe Through the Islamic World by John Freely
  • Science and Islam: A History by Ehsan Masood

It has been widely accepted that the Islamic civilization had merely a bridging role in preserving the wealth of inherited ancient Greek knowledge ready for future consumption by the West. This pervasive belief, now known to be a damaging distortion of history, is explored in two new books.

By Yasmin Khan


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