Science and Civilization in Islam
Science and Civilization in Islam has remained unsurpassed as the authoritative statement on this subject. With his characteristic breadth of ... Show synopsis Science and Civilization in Islam has remained unsurpassed as the authoritative statement on this subject. With his characteristic breadth of learning, clarity of exposition and insight, Seyyed Hossein Nasr presents here for the first time a full picture of Islamic science, not as a chapter in the history of Western science, but as an integral aspect of Islamic civilization and the Islamic intellectual tradition. By means of an historical presentation, an analysis of its forms, including the use of passages from the writings of many Muslim scientists and philosophers, the author is able to convey not only a sense of the operative context of Islamic science, but he also demonstrates its interrelatedness with the sapiential wisdom on which it is based. Section headings include: The Universal Figures of Islamic Science; The Basis of the Teaching System and the Educational Institutions; Cosmology, Cosmography, Geography, and Natural History; Physics; Mathematics; Astronomy; Medicine; The Sciences of Man; The Alchemical Tradition; Islamic Alchemy and its Influence in the Western World; Philosophy; The Controversies of Philosophy and Theology; and The Gnostic Tradition.