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Jews, Christians, and the Abode of IslamModern Scholarship, Medieval Realities$
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Jacob Lassner

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780226471075

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: March 2013

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226471099.001.0001

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Christians, Muslims, and Jews: Cross-pollinations in Medieval Philosophy and Science

Christians, Muslims, and Jews: Cross-pollinations in Medieval Philosophy and Science

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(p.258) 11 Christians, Muslims, and Jews: Cross-pollinations in Medieval Philosophy and Science
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Jews, Christians, and the Abode of Islam
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University of Chicago Press
DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226471099.003.0011

This chapter discusses a monumental project on Islamic philosophy and science. It specifically considers cross-pollinations in philosophy and science that were to have a profound effect in the Latin West and in the Islamic world. The tension between philosophy and religion in Islamic times is evaluated. The beginnings of both philosophy and science in medieval Islam can be traced to the introduction of Arabic as a language. The analysis of science and philosophy was initially advanced by translators drawn from the Hellenized Christian and pagan communities of the pre-Islamic Near East. Medical education was probably uniform for all who practiced regardless of their faith community. The practical experience of working in a hospital was the final stage of medical education. Some early Zionist and current Israeli visionaries saw and continue to see the Jews as playing a central role in the transfer of valued knowledge.

Keywords:   Islamic philosophy, science, cross-pollinations, medieval Islam, medical education, Jews, Hellenized Christian

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