Hist7117: Patronage and Science in the Ancient and Medieval Middle East
Teacher: Eleanor Robson
This course examines the role of courtly and cultic patronage in the development of the sciences in the Middle East, from the birth of observational astronomy in the first millennium BC to the unification of the region under the Ottoman Empire in the 15th century AD. It explores the social status and intellectual environments of mathematical, philosophical and scientific practitioners, focussing on nine different centres of scholarly production, from Egypt to Iran, and the ways in which practical and theoretical knowledge travelled between them.
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