Tag: Reviews

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Manuscript Review: The Book on Public Finance, by Abu `Ubayd Al-Harawi

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 28th June 2018

Abu `Ubayd's work is much more comprehensive in the subject of public finance of the Islamic State...

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Treasure Trove of Benefits and Variety at the Table: A Fourteenth-Century Egyptian Cookbook

by Khaleel Shaikh Published on: 20th March 2018

The Kanz al-fawāʾid fī tanwīʿ al-mawāʾid is a 14th century Egyptian cookbook that consists of 830 recipes for a variety of different dishes and beverages...

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From Petra back to Makka – From “Pibla” back to Qibla

by David A King Published on: 22nd August 2017

A critique of Dan Gibson, Early Islamic Qiblas: A Survey of mosques built between 1AH/622 C.E. and 263 AH/876 C.E. (with maps, charts and photographs), 296 pp., Vancouver BC: Independent Scholars Press, 2017

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Manuscript Review: The Book of Routes and Kingdoms, by Ibn Khordadbeh

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 24th July 2017

[Ibn Khordadbeh] grew up to be a knowledgeable scholar, and during the reign of Caliph al-Mu`tamid (256-279 A.11/870-892) he was appointed as Director of Post and Information in the province of Jibal...

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Manuscript Review: The Catalogue (Al Fihrist), by Al-Nadim

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 30th May 2017

AL-FIHRIST is to be regarded the first standard subject-wise 'catalogue' covering all areas of knowledge...

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Manuscript Review: The Clear Exposition of the Principles of Accountability, by Ibn al-Ukhuwwah

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 4th September 2016

[Ibn al-Ukhuwwah] provides a summary of the positive and negative injunctions contained in the standard codes of the Shari`ah together with regulations for the safe guarding of public morality, for ensuring the purity of faith…

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Manuscript Review: The Discourse of Listener and Speaker on the Etiquette of Learning and Learner, by Ibn Jama’ah

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 29th May 2016

It was in the year 672 A.H. (1273 A.C.) that Qadi Ibn Jama'ah completed his TADHKIRAH as a guide for students and teachers to help improve quality of their academic life and work...

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Manuscript Review: The Law of Language, by Ibn Faris

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 18th April 2016

Ibn Faris was a poet of merit and could also write in fine prose style. He was grammarian, philologist and linguist...

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Allah’s Automata – A Review of the Exhibition

by Charles Savage Published on: 2nd December 2015

Reflections on: A New Exhibition on Artifacts of the Arab/Islamic Renaissance ZKM, Karlsruhe, Germany: October 30, 2015 - February 28, 2016 http://zkm.de/en/event/2015/10/globale-allahs-automata by Dr. Charles M. Savage Knowledge Era Enterprises International Munich, Germany http://www.kee-inc.com

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Manuscript Review: The Book of Musical Modes, by Al-Urmawi

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 26th September 2015

[Al-Urmawi] was the greatest of music theorists. He was the pioneer of a school which propagated the "Systematist Theory"

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Manuscript Review: Instruction of the Learner; The Method of Learning, by Al-Zarnuji

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 22nd May 2015

Zarnuji’s work represents a landmark in the history of Pedagogy in the Muslim East up to the turn of the 12th century...

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World Book Day 2015 (UK & Ireland)

by The Editorial Team Published on: 5th March 2015

World Book Day is a yearly event on 5th March, "designated by UNESCO as a worldwide celebration of books and reading, and marked in over 100 countries all over the world"*. On this occasion, we…

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The Suhayl 2014 Vol 13

by The Editorial Team Published on: 26th February 2015

The Suhayl 2014 Vol 13 - International Journal for the History of the Exact and Natural Sciences in Islamic Civilisation FSTC is pleased to bring to the attention of readers the availability online of the…

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Manuscript Review: Farthest Perception in the Comprehension of Heavens, by Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 1st October 2014

With all the weight of his knowledge, Qutub al-Din preferred to be a man of lively temperament who would engage in jests, play chess and also music on the rehab. He was a highly knowledgeable…

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Manuscript Review: The Detailed Treatise on Matters Concerning Learners and Guidelines for Teachers and Learners, by Al-Qabisi

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 21st May 2014

Al-Qabisi was the inventor of the concept and practice of 'Co-operative Teaching by the Teachers' which has been realised only in some of the modern educational systems in the 20th century.

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Manuscript Review: Treatise on ‘The Alive Son of the Awake’, by Ibn Tufayl

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 18th June 2013

Besides [Ibn Tufayl's] contributions in medicine, he is best known for his treatise Ilayyu Ibn Yaqzan (‘The Alive’ son of ‘the Awake’)...

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Book Review: “Debt – The First 5,000 Years” by David Graeber

by Trevor Hilder Published on: 8th August 2012

Economics textbooks claim that money was invented to replace onerous and complicated barter systems—to relieve ancient people from having to haul their goods to market. But this theory is not supported by evidence. On the…

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Manuscript Review: The Book on the Soul, by Ibn Bajjah

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 7th June 2012

Besides philosophy and mathematics, Ibn Bajjah was well-versed in botany, astronomy, logic, grammar, literature and music.

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Jewels of Muslim Calligraphy: Book Review of “Female Calligraphers: Past & Present by Hilal Kazan”

by Betul Ipsirli Argit Published on: 6th April 2012

This is a review of the book prepared by Hilal Kazan for the Istanbul Greater City Council Cultural Foundation in order to provide a useful and important bio-bibliographic resource on the history of calligraphy of…

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Book Review of “Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq’s Tenth-century Baghdadi Cookbook” by Nawal Nasrallah

by Kaouthar Chatioui Published on: 16th January 2012

Written nearly a thousand years ago, Ibn Sayyar al-Warraq's tenth-century cookbook is the most comprehensive work of its kind. Its recent edition and English translation offers a unique glimpse into the culinary culture of the…

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Book review of Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man by Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan

by The Editorial Team Published on: 20th July 2011

In Sustainable History and the Dignity of Man, Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan outlines a new theory of history. Defining "sustainable history" as "a durable progressive trajectory in which the quality of life on this planet ……

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Manuscript Review: The Book of Observations and Admonitions, by Ibn Sina

by N.A. Baloch Published on: 5th June 2011

[Ibn Sina] flourished as a great physician and philosopher, but was also a distinguished scientist, mathematician, logician, and poet at the same time...

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Book Review of Dr. Toygar Akman’s “Cybernetics”

by Cem Nizamoglu Published on: 25th March 2011

"Cybernetics: Past, Present, Future" published by Toygar Akman, a renowned expert in the field, retraces for the Turkish readers the history of cybernetics and presents the state of the art in this revolutionary scientific field.…

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Book Review of ‘Islamic Gardens and Landscapes’ by D. Fairchild Ruggles

by Margaret Morris Published on: 18th March 2011

Ranging across poetry, court documents, agronomy manuals, and early garden representations and richly illustrated with pictures and site plans, Islamic Gardens and Landscapes by Dr Fairchild Ruggles is a book of impressive scope sure to…

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New Book by Jim Al-Khalili – Pathfinders: The Golden Age of Arabic Science

by The Editorial Team Published on: 10th December 2010

For over 700 years the international language of science was Arabic. In this compelling, inspiring book, Jim Al-Khalili celebrates the forgotten pioneers who helped shape our understanding of the world. All scientists have stood on…

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Book review: Ibn al-Haytham and the New Optics

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 29th October 2010

This is a book review of Ibn El-Heysem ve Yeni Optik (Ibn al-Haytham and the New Optics) by Huseyin Gazi Topdemir published in 2008 in Turkish as the first book of a series on scientific…

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Charles Burnett Publishes a New Book on the Arabic-Latin Transmission

by The Editorial Team Published on: 18th March 2010

The book Arabic into Latin in the Middle Ages: The Translators and their Intellectual and Social Context by Charles Burnett is a collection of previously published articles on the transmission of Arabic learning to Europe.…

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How Islamic Learning Transformed Western Civilization: Review of ‘The House of Wisdom’

by The Editorial Team Published on: 26th July 2009

In February 2009, Jonathan Lyons published 'The House of Wisdom', a riveting history which reveals the vital role the Islamic civilisation played in knowledge creation and how this treasure reached the West. In this fascinating…

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Book Review of ‘Ottoman Women – Myth and Reality’ by Asli Sancar

by Qaisra Shahraz Published on: 8th July 2009

Aise Asli Sancar, a renowned writer and lecturer on women's issues has said when she began investigating the subject of Ottoman women, she realized that they were much more complex and multifaceted than they are…

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Book Review of ‘Egyptology: The Missing Millennium’ by Okasha El-Daly

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 23rd April 2009

Egyptology: The Missing Millennium published by Okasha El Daly is an invaluable resource showing the extent of efforts by Muslims to study and develop knowledge inherited from prior generations. In this book, El-Daly explores the…

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Shining light upon light

by Yasmin Khan Published on: 3rd April 2009

Two science histories dissect the transfer of knowledge between the Greco–Islamic and European civilizations, and put right the impression that the flow was one way, explains Yasmin Khan in a recently published article (Nature, vol…

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Book Review of The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science by Arun Bala

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 20th March 2009

The book "The Dialogue of Civilizations in the Birth of Modern Science" by Arun Bala introduces a dialogical perspective on the birth of modern science and lists a great number of contributions made to the…

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A Plea for the Recovery of the Forgotten History of Muslim Heritage

by Ruveyda Ozturk Published on: 10th January 2009

This is a review of the book published in 2007 by Michael Hamilton Morgan, Lost History. The essay attempts to uncover the Golden Age of the Muslim civilisation and recognises its contributions to the rise…

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Islamic Automation: Al-Jazari’s Book of Knowledge of Ingenious Mechanical Devices

by Gunalan Nadarajan Published on: 14th November 2008

In the following essay, Dr. Gunalan Nadarajan, Associate Dean of Research and Graduate Studies in the College of Arts and Architecture at Penn State University, draws on the work of al-Jazari, the famous 13th century…

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A ‘Gap-Filling’ Book on Islamic Economic Thought

by The Editorial Team Published on: 16th October 2008

This book is a collection of previously-published papers on the origins of economic thought discovered in the writings of some prominent Islamic scholars belonging to the five centuries prior to the pre-modern era. This period…

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Medieval Islamic Medicine by Peter E. Pormann and Emilie Savage-Smith

by Emilie Savage-Smith Published on: 20th August 2008

  Figure 1. The cover pages of the “Medieval Islamic Medicine” book. Medieval Islamic Medicine by Peter E. Formann and Emilie Savage-Smith is a new book on the Islamic medical tradition, published by Edinburgh University…

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The Thistle and the Crescent by Bashir Maan: A Book Review

by Margaret Morris Published on: 24th July 2008

Information on the long and varied relationship between Islam and Scotland that began as early as the 7th century is non-existent. The Thistle and the Crescent by Bashir Maan has been written to fill this…

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Science under Islam: A Reflection on Past Brilliancy and Future Revival

by Salim Ayduz Published on: 17th January 2008

This is a review of a book by Sayyed Misbah Deen, Emeritus Professor of Computer Science (Keele University), describing the adventure of science and technology in Islam from four standpoints: the rise of science and…

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Health in the Ottoman Empire: A Collective Achievement in the History of Ottoman Medicine

by Mehmet Ipsirli Published on: 4th January 2008

This is a review of Health in the Ottomans (Osmanlilarda Saglik), a two-volume book concerning Ottoman medical history. The book is a brilliant achievement aiming at the reconstruction of the main aspects of the the…

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Seeking Seamless Scientific Wonders: Review of Emilie Savage-Smith’s Work

by Najma Kazi Published on: 24th November 2007

Najma Kazi reviews some salient aspects of Emilie Savage-Smith's work. Emilie Savage-Smith, who is a Professor of History of Science at the Oriental Institute (Oxford University), is an internationally recognised authority on the History of…

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How Islam Created the Modern World

by Mark Graham Published on: 13th September 2007

In a clear and concise language, Mark Graham endeavours to show in his book How Islam Created the Modern World the decisive influence of the civilisation of Islam in setting the stage for the modern…

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What Islam Did For Us

by The Editorial Team Published on: 4th September 2007

This is a review of What Islam Did For Us: Understanding Islam's Contribution to Western Civilization, a book by Tim Wallace-Murphy that emphasizes Islam's immense contributions to the Western civilization in many groundbreaking domains such…

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A New Book on the Ottoman Military History: Guns for the Sultan by Gábor Ágoston

by Salim Ayduz Published on: 25th May 2007

Ágoston's book provides new insights into the Ottomans' approach to new innovations and reforms in modern technology, which some scholars had previously claimed improbable due to Islamic conversativism.

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Copernicus and Arabic Astronomy: A Review of Recent Research

by George Saliba Published on: 23rd May 2007

Some 800 years in the past, in 1206, a brilliant Muslim scholar died : Badi' al-Zaman Abu al-‘Izz ibn Ismail ibn al-Razzaz al-Jazari. He was one of the most important inventors and mechanical engineers in…

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A New Book by George Saliba: Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance

by George Saliba Published on: 27th March 2007

This article reviews the new book Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance by George Saliba. The book describes the rise and fall of the Islamic scientific tradition, and the relationship of Islamic…