Abstract - Wigs and Turbans
Dr Rim Turkmani
At the onset of the Scientific Revolution, a second wave of interest in Arabic/Islamic science developed amongst English scientists. Having realised the significance of the Arabic resources, they wanted to go back and read into the details and look for any Arabic manuscript that may have escaped them. This resulted in a strong interest in the Arabic language which led to the establishment of permanent chairs in Arabic at Cambridge and Oxford in the 17th century. Many of the founders of the Royal Society were busy translating from Arabic resources, often by themselves, and publishing what they learnt; an episode of the history of Modern Science that is yet to be told.
by: Dr Rim Turkmani, Sat 19 June, 2010