This article by Professor John Healey, describes the key role in the development of Muslim science which was played by the Syriac-speaking Christians in the early Islamic era. John Healey is Professor of Semitic Studies and acts as Head of Middle Eastern Studies at the School of Languages, Literatures and Cultures in Manchester University.
The Syriac-speaking Christians and the Translation of Greek Science into Arabic
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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)
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