George Saliba sets out to debunk two myths about “Islamic science” — that it only carried forward Greek scientific ideas, and that “modern science” was created sui generis in Europe during the Renaissance.
This brief clip uses the Alhambra palace in Granada, Spain as a example of the use of geometry and trigonometry.
George Saliba uses the mathematical and astronomical information necessary to determine the times for the five daily Muslim prayers (ṣalāt) as just one example of how culture and science interact.
This brief video silently shows the steps used to create some of the basic shapes in used decoratively.
Timothy Winters, also known as Abdal Hakim Murad, presents some of the major scientific scholars of the 9th-13 centuries.
This animated text video with a Musa Adnan voiceover uses numerology to demonstrate that the Qurʾān suggests that iron is at the center of the Earth.
George Saliba discusses the complex ways in which ancient Greek sciences and mathematics were studied and augmented in the Islamicate world, as well as completely new ideas added, and then the whole was utilized by European scientists who thrived during the Renaissance.
Abdullah Hakin Quick presents a summary of the ways Muslims from the eighth to the fifteenth centuries excelled in mathematics and exact sciences.
This undated clip from the German TV show “Welt der Wunder” suggests a method by which science traveled from the Middle East via rulers who were familiar with both Christian and Islamic cultures and supported local Muslim scholars.
Ali R. Fazely introduces a variety of prime number concepts, then discusses how those numbers are related to the Qurʾān.
Mohamed al-Dasani presents information about how the numbers of the surahs in the Qurʾān and the number of the verses in each surah and the number of words in each surah may be summed to return to two numbers, which are also the sum of the surah numbers and the sum of the number of verses.
Jim al-Khalili, a physics professor at the University of Surrey (UK), follows the study of science in the Islamic world from the 8th century onward, tracing it through the “House of Wisdom” in Baghdad to Copernicus’s developing of a heliocentric model of planetary motion based on observations and ideas he culled from Arabic-language sources.