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Christians, Muslims, and Jews: <i>Cross-pollinations in Medieval Philosophy and Science</i>

in Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print March 2012 | ISBN: 9780226471075
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226471099 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7208/chicago/9780226471099.003.0011
Christians, Muslims, and Jews: Cross-pollinations in Medieval Philosophy and Science

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This chapter discusses a monumental project on Islamic philosophy and science. It specifically considers cross-pollinations in philosophy and science that were to have a profound effect in the Latin West and in the Islamic world. The tension between philosophy and religion in Islamic times is evaluated. The beginnings of both philosophy and science in medieval Islam can be traced to the introduction of Arabic as a language. The analysis of science and philosophy was initially advanced by translators drawn from the Hellenized Christian and pagan communities of the pre-Islamic Near East. Medical education was probably uniform for all who practiced regardless of their faith community. The practical experience of working in a hospital was the final stage of medical education. Some early Zionist and current Israeli visionaries saw and continue to see the Jews as playing a central role in the transfer of valued knowledge.

Keywords: Islamic philosophy; science; cross-pollinations; medieval Islam; medical education; Jews; Hellenized Christian

Chapter.  12190 words. 

Subjects: Islam

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