History of Science

Professor Ahmed Ragab's New Book

December 18, 2018

Alwaleed Program Steering Committee Member, Professor Ahmed Ragab, released a new book! 

Medicine and Religion in the Life of an Ottoman Sheikh

 

Abstract

In 1768, Aḥmad al-Damanhūrī became the rector (shaykh) of al-Azhar, which was one of the most authoritative and respected positions in the Ottoman Empire. He occupied this position until his death. Despite being a prolific author, whose writings are largely extant, al-Damanhūrī remains almost unknown, and much of his work awaits...

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HDS 3340: Communities of Knowledge: Science, Religion and Culture in Medieval Europe and Islam

Instructors: Ahmed Ragab and Katharine Park

How did people understand nature in the Middle Ages? Is “premodern science” a contradiction in terms? What does it mean for science to be “religious”? How did medieval “Western” and “Islamic” civilization differ? Where and in what ways did they interact, and how did knowledge circulate between them?... Read more about HDS 3340: Communities of Knowledge: Science, Religion and Culture in Medieval Europe and Islam