The magazine Saudi Aramco World published in May-June 2007 an interesting folder on Arabic and Islamic science. The folder of 20 pages consists of several articles illustrated with a rich iconography and accompanied with illuminating explanatory captions. Among this comprehensive coverage, we republish a long article on Rediscovering Arabic Science by Richard Covington. The author went through specialized literature and made interviews with historians of Islamic science in order to gain knowledge on the topic. His output came quite comprehensive, covering all important aspects of the Islamic scientific and technological tradition. Our readers will certainly enjoy our republishing of this good piece of scholarship, bringing evidence in an easily readable style about one of the most glorious pages of Islamic civilisation and one of the richest episodes of the history of science
Rediscovering Arabic Science
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Figure 1. The Tabula Rogeriana, drawn by al-Idrisi for Roger II of Sicily in 1154, one of the most advanced ancient world maps. Modern consolidation, created from the 70 double-page spreads of the original atlas. (Source)
Figure 1: Muslim expansion by the end of Umayyad rule in 750. (Source).
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