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Excursus: The Poverty of Intellectual History as a Series of Great Men

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  08 July 2021

Justin K. Stearns
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New York University - Abu Dhabi
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For the Muslim world, telling the history of science as the achievements of a series of remarkable men has remained a viable approach for much longer than in Europe. This excursus retraces the traditional narrative of the natural and rational sciences in the Muslim world, and argues that a focus on the diffusion of knowledge throughout society provides a more productive understanding of the role of the natural sciences than a focus on individuals.

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Revealed Sciences
The Natural Sciences in Islam in Seventeenth-Century Morocco
, pp. 68 - 72
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2021

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