Science and Technology in Islamic History

Course Number: 
HHS 345
This course is an introductory survey of an important aspect of Islamic civilization, the scientific and technological achievements of early Islam. The passion for knowledge led early Muslims to internalize, assimilate and expand the scientific knowledge of older civilizations, including those of Greece, India, China and the Byzantium. This course explores their accomplishments in cosmology, mathematics, astrology, geography, medicine, natural sciences, alchemy, optics, engineering and architecture. It also explores the ways in which Muslim scientific achievements influenced the advance of science in the Western world from the Crusaders and the Renaissance to the modern era. The contributions of early Muslims to the advance of Western civilization in general and sciences and arts in particular are not necessarily well integrated phenomena into the Western historiography. This course attempts to fill this gap.