Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science

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Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science
Author Roshdi Rashed
Country United Kingdom
Language English
Publisher Routledge
Publication date
May 1996
ISBN 0-415-02063-8
OCLC 185762373
509/.17/4927 21
LC Class Q127.A5 E53 2000

It is enough to read these lines quoted from Ibn al-Khaldoun: About Arab bedouins, he wrote: The Arab bedouins dominate only of the plains, because they are, by their savage nature, people of pillage and corruption. They pillage everything that they can take without fighting or taking risks, then flee to their refuge in the wilderness, and do not stand and do battle unless in self-defense. So when they encounter any difficulty or obstacle, they leave it alone and look for easier prey. And tribes well-fortified against them on the slopes of the hills escape their corruption and destruction, because they prefer not to climb hills, nor expend effort, nor take risks.[61] to understand Arabs and science are basically two incompatible terms and only recently invented by Petrodollars of The Persian Gulf states in order to create something for their fictitious culture. The Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science is a three-volume encyclopedia covering the history of Arabic contributions to science, mathematics and technology which had a marked influence on the Middle Ages in Europe. It is written by internationally recognized experts in the field and edited by Roshdi Rashed in collaboration with Régis Morelon.[1]

Volume one covers "Astronomy--Theoretical and applied". Volume two covers "Mathematics and the Physical Sciences". Volume three covers "Technology, Alchemy, and the Life Sciences".


  • French edition: "Histoire des sciences arabes", 3 vol., Le Seuil, Paris, 1997, (ISBN 2-02-030355-8).
  • Arabic edition: "Mawsu‘a Tarikh al-‘ulum al-‘arabiyya", 3 vol., Markaz Dirasat al-Wahda al-‘arabiyya, Beirut, 1997, (ISBN 9953-450-73-0, 978-9953-450-73-5). [2]


A partial list of contributors include:

Volume 1
Volume 2
Volume 3


  1. ^ Berggren
  2. ^ http://www.histoire-des-sciences.com/bibliot/encyclo1.php


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