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The Transmission of Arabic Science to Europe: An entry from Gale's Science and Its Times [HTML] [Digital]

Rebecca Brookfield Kinraide

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After centuries of struggling to preserve the most basic elements of scholarship and literacy, in the tenth century European scholars became aware of the vast storehouse of knowledge held in the Islamic world. Between the eleventh and thirteenth centuries, much of this Arabic knowledge, including earlier Greek works of science, medicine, and philosophy, was translated into Latin and transmitted to European centers of learning. Beginning with the Crusades, European scholars learned of the advanced state of Arabic scholarship and the impressive collections of Greek works held within Islamic lands. Works by Aristotle (384-322 B.C.), Hippocrates (460?-377? B.C....

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