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    DescriptionBetween the 8th and 15th centuries, scholars and researchers working from Samarkand in modern-day Uzbekistan to Cordoba in Spain advanced our knowledge of astronomy, chemistry, engineering, mathematics, medicine and philosophy to new heights. It was Musa al-Khwarizmi, for instance, who developed algebra in 9th century Baghdad, drawing on work by mathematicians in India; al-Jazari, a Turkish engineer of the 13th century whose achievements include the crank, the camshaft, and the reciprocating piston; ibn Sina, whose textbook Canon of Medicine was a standard work in Europe's universities until the 1600s. These scientists were part of a sophisticated culture and civilization that was based on belief in God - a picture which helps to scotch the myth of the 'Dark Ages' in which scientific advance faltered. Science writer Ehsan Masood weaves the story of these and other scientists into a compelling narrative, taking the reader on a journey through the Islamic empires of the middle ages, the cultural and religious circumstances that made this revolution possible, and its contribution to science in Western Europe. He unpacks the debates between scientists, philosophers and theologians on the nature of physical reality and limits to human reason, and explores the many reasons for the eventual decline of advanced science and learning in the Arabic-speaking world. This eye-opening, enjoyable book, which complements and builds on the BBC television series, should be essential reading for anyone keen to explore science's hidden history and its contribution to the making of the modern world.


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    Title
    Science and Islam
    Subtitle
    A History
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Ehsan Masood
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 256
    Width: 126 mm
    Height: 188 mm
    Thickness: 22 mm
    Weight: 222 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781848310810
    ISBN 10: 1848310811
    Classifications

    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: REL
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T6.0
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    BIC subject category V2: HRH
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    BIC subject category V2: PDR
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 26100
    Ingram Subject Code: SE
    Libri: I-SE
    Ingram Theme: CHRN/MEDIVL
    B&T Merchandise Category: SCI
    B&T General Subject: 710
    BISAC V2.8: SCI034000
    Ingram Theme: RELI/ISLAM
    LC classification: Q
    BISAC V2.8: HIS037010
    Abridged Dewey: 509
    B&T Approval Code: A50120000
    BIC subject category V2: HRAM3
    B&T Approval Code: A14790000
    DC22: 297.265
    BISAC V2.8: REL106000, REL037010
    Thema V1.0: QRAM3, QRP
    Illustrations note
    8-page photo section
    Publisher
    Icon Books Ltd
    Imprint name
    Icon Books Ltd
    Publication date
    01 May 2010
    Publication City/Country
    Duxford
    Author Information
    Ehsan Masood is Acting Chief Commissioning Editor at Nature. Formerly Opinion Editor at the New Scientist, he writes for Prospect andOpenDemocracy.Net and is a regular panellist on BBC radio's Home Planet. Ziauddin Sardar is a columnist, author, TV presenter and much more besides. Hislatest books are Balti Britain (Granta, 2008) and, with Merryl WynDavies, Will America Change? (Icon, 2008).
    Review quote
    'Science and Islam, a fascinating and clearly written book.' -- New Scientist 'And, as this impressive book by Eshan Masood, which 'accompanies a major television series', reveals, this intersection between science and religion also permeated the history of Islam.' -- Geographical Magazine 'This is a delightful and approachable book, packed with surprises and treats and offered by a writer whose passion for the subject does not daunt his objectivity.' -- Wharf 'Refreshingly different ...Masood's [book] emphasis on context, combined with his easy prose, measured self-confident tone, and an effort to inject compelling human drama into the narrative, makes the present book - for the most part - wonderfully captivating.' -- Arif Babul, Observatory Magazine