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S. Brentjes
Teaching and Learning the Sciences in Islamicate Societies (800-1700)

approx. 250 p., 30 b/w ill., 4 b/w tables, 156 x 234 mm, 2017
ISBN: 978-2-503-57445-5
Languages: English
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This book provides for the first time a survey of the important features of educational activities and structures in various Islamicate societies between 800 and 1700 with regard to the mathematical and occult sciences, medicine, and natural philosophy.

This book surveys the teaching and learning of the mathematical and occult sciences, medicine, and natural philosophy in various Islamicate societies between 800 and 1700. It focuses in particular on Egypt and Syria between 1200 and 1600, but also explores developments in Iran, India, Anatolia, and Iraq. The volume analyzes institutions of teaching and learning, exploring how understanding of the sciences was transmitted by parents and teachers within the home or at court, by professionals in madrases and hospitals, and by those who travelled widely in order to expand their knowledge. Methods of teaching and learning, popular didactic texts and their geographical and temporal dissemination, as well as encyclopaedias and literature on the classification of the sciences are also discussed in detail.

Sonja Brentjes is researcher at the Max Planck Institute for the History of Science in Berlin.  She has published widely on the history of mathematics, institutions, cartography, and cross-cultural encounters, mainly with regard to Islamicate societies, but also about parts of Christian Europe and South Asia.

Table of Contents

General Introduction

Chapter 1: Contextualizing Learning and Teaching of the Sciences in Islamicate Societies

Chapter 2: Teachers and Students at Courts and in Private Homes (8th-12th centuries) 

Chapter 3: Schools of Advanced Education;

Chapter 4: The Sciences at Madrasas

Chapter 5: Other Teaching Institutions

Chapter 6: Teaching and Learning Methods

Chapter 7: Encyclopaedias and Classifications of the Sciences

Chapter 8: Teaching Literature and Its Temporal Geographies

Table 1 Islamicate Dynasties Prominently Mentioned in this Book
Table 2: Ancient Scholars
Table 3: Scholars from Islamicate Societies
Talble 4: Muslim Rulers

Interest Classification:
Medieval & Renaissance History (c.400-1500)
Medieval European history (400-1500) : main subdisciplines
Cultural & intellectual history

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