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Hunayn ibn Ishaq

(d. 877)


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(d. 877)

Nestorian Christian who headed the center for translation of Greek texts into Arabic, Bayt al-Hikmah, in Baghdad. Responsible for the creation of a body of work that fostered the spirit of critical inquiry and led to a rigorous approach to philosophy. The translated works were commented on by both Christian and Muslim scholars and disseminated both information and ideas.

Subjects: Islam — Medieval and Renaissance History (500 to 1500).


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