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Science and Islam: A History
Science and Islam: A History
by Ehsan Masood
Edition: Hardcover

55 of 60 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Page-turning BBC tie-in, 6 Jan. 2009
I got this book on the back of the accompanying TV series that began on BBC4 last night
(which is currently the most popular BBC4 programme on iPlayer). I have to say it's one of the most fascinating books
I've ever read - I had no idea how much of the scientific development we take for granted originated in the Middle East during
the Middle Ages. Algebra, engineering like pistons, camshafts and cranks, and the hugely influential textbook Canon of Medicine all had their origins
in the so-called 'golden age' of Muslim thought. I for one never knew that.

Ehsan Masood unearths these discoveries in an engaging manner that makes the book a real page-turner - and I'm no scientist. In a time where Islam
is often under attack, it's eye-opening to learn how much we owe to that ancient and often misunderstood culture. 'Science and Islam' does what it says on the cover, discussing
and conncecting the two with a depth and sensitivity hitherto unexamined.


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