Figure 1: Elephant clock of al-Jazari, from a MS copy of his treatise The Book of Knowledgeof Ingenious Mechanical Device copied in Syria in 1315 by Farkh ibn 'Abd al-Latif (Ink, colors, and gold on paper; height. 30 cm – width 19.7 cm). Source: Metropolitan Museum, New York: http://www.metmuseum.org/toah/ho/07/wae/hob_57.51.23.htm.
Automation and Robotics in Muslim Heritage: The Cultural Roots of al-Jazari's Mechanical SystemsLEARN MORE
This short paper introduces a longer essay by Prof. Gunalan Nadarajan, Associate Dean of Research and...
Figure 1. View of Toledo, the city of Al-Zarqali, dominated by the famous Alcazar. Source: http://www.toledoaldia.com/alcazarIV_toledo.htm
Abu Ishaq Ibrahim Ibn Yahya Al-ZarqaliLEARN MORE
Al-Zarqali is an eminent Andalusian astronomer of the 11th century who was the foremost astronomer of his...
Figure 4: Symbols in medieval Arabic alchemy inspired by Egyptian hieroglyphs: Kitab al-Aqalim by Abu ‘l-Qasim al-‘Iraqi (British Library in London, MS Add 25724, folio 11a). Source : El Daly 2005, figure 12.
Deciphering Egyptian Hieroglyphs in Muslim HeritageLEARN MORE
The article surveys some results of Dr. Okasha El Daly's exciting discoveries about the precedence of Muslim...
Figure 1: Extract from Jordanus' De planisphaeri figurationei. Source: http://www.ub.unibas.ch/kadmos/gg/pic/gg0287_009_txt.htm.
The Arabic Sources of Jordanus de NemoreLEARN MORE
The following article by Professors Menso Folkerts and Richard Lorch, from Munich University in Germany,...
Figure 1: Modern printing of the Qur'an in Maghribi calligraphy. Al-Musshaf al-Hassani, printed in Morocco, 1417 H, p. 3. Source: http://quran.habous.gov.ma/Default.aspx.
Tolerance or Compatibility? The Search for a Qur'anic Paradigm of ScienceLEARN MORE
In this illuminating analysis, Prof. Ahmad Dallal produces an authoritative study of some episodes of the...
Figure 1: The cultivated and the uncultivated kinds of hindiba are illustrated in a schematic way. (Dioscorides. Materia Medica. Translated by Abdullah el-Huseyin b. Ibrahim el-Natili. Kitabu‘l-hasa‘is. Topkapi Museum Library. Registered at section Ahmed III., No: 2127).
Hindiba: A Drug for Cancer Treatment in Muslim HeritageLEARN MORE
Hindiba is a plant of Middle Eastern lands. Its therapeutic value as a drug for the treatment of various...