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Ahmad Dallal


Ahmad Dallal is Associate Professor of Arabic and Islamic Studies and Chair of the Arabic and Islamic Studies Department of Georgetown University. Professor Dallal has taught at Stanford University (2000-3), Yale University (1994-2000), and Smith College (1990-4), having earned a Ph.D. in Islamic Studies from Columbia University and a B.E. in Mechanical Engineering from the American University of Beirut. His academic training and research cover the history of the disciplines of learning in Muslim societies, including both the exact and the traditional sciences, as well as modern and early modern Islamic thought and movements. His books and articles are focused on the history of science, Islamic revivalist thought, and Islamic law. He is currently finishing a book-length comparative study of 18th century Islamic reform entitled Islam without Europe, Traditions of Reform in Eighteen Century Islamic Thought. Professor Dallal arrived in New Haven from Morocco, after having completed a year-long research sabbatical.

The book based on Professor Dallal's Terry lectures, Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History, is available from Yale University Press.



Islam, Science, and the Challenge of History

February 19, 2008

Beginnings and Beyond
An examination of the social and cultural forces that provided the conditions for the formation and development of the Arabo-Islamic culture of science

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February 21, 2008

Science and Philosophy
An overview of key characteristics of the practice of science in classical Muslim societies and the intertwined relationship among three systems of knowledge: religion, philosophy, and science

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February 26, 2008

Science and Religion
Epistemological foundations that brought coherence to multiple traditions of scientific practice

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February 28, 2008

In the Shadow of Modernity
Aspects of the predicament of science in modern Muslim societies

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Following is a list of Arabic names of scientists and religious scholars referenced by Professor Dallal in his lectures

Muhammad Ibn Ibrahim al-Fazari (8th century)
Ya‘qub Ibn Tariq (8th century)
Al-Khalil Ibn Ahmad al-Farahidi (d. 786)
Yuhanna Ibn Masawayh (d. 857)
Hunayn Ibn Ishaq (d. 873)
‘Ali Ibn Sahl Rabban al-Tabari (9th century),
Al-Khawarizmi (9th century)
Qusta Ibn Luqa (9th century)
Al-Farghani (9th century)
Abu Ishaq al-Kindi (d. c. 873)
Thabit Ibn Qurra (d. c. 901)
Habash al-Hasib (9th century)
Banu Musa brothers (9th century)
Al-Mahani (9th century)
Abu Bakr al-Razi (d. 925)
Al-Farabi (d. 950)
‘Abd al-Rahman al-Sufi (d. 986)
Abu Nasr Ibn ‘Iraq (10th century)
Abu al-Wafa’ al-Buzjani (10th century)
Al-Khujandi (10th century)
Ibn Yunus' (d. 1009)
‘Ali Ibn ‘Abbas al-Majusi (10th century)
Al-Karaji (10th century)
Abu al-Qasim al-Zahrawi (d. 1013)
Ibn Sina (Avicenna, d. 1037)
Ibn al-Haytham (d. 1039)
Abu Rayhan al-Biruni (d. 1048)
Al-Samarqandi (11th century)
Ibn Hazm (d. 1064)
‘Ubayd Allah al-Juzjani (d. c. 1070)
Abu Hamid al-Ghazali (d. 1111)
Al-Mittiji (12th century)
Jabir Ibn Aflah (fl. 1120)
Al-Khazini (d. 1130)
Ibn Baja (d. 1138)
Ibn Tufayl (d. 1185)
Ibn Rushd (Averroes, d. 1198)
Abu Ja‘far al-Ghafiqi (12th century)
Abu al-‘Abbas al-Nabati (12th century)
al-Khayyam (d. 1131)
Sharaf al-Din al-Tusi (12th century).
al-Jazari (c. 1200)
Musa Ibn Maymun (Maimonides, d. 1204)
Abu Ishaq Nur al-Din al-Batruji (d. 1204)
Fakhr al-Din al-Razi (d. 1210)
Abu al-‘Abbas al-Ishbili (d. 1239)
Mu’ayyad al-Din al-‘Urdi (d. 1266)
Nasir al-Din al-Tusi (d. 1274)
Qutb al-Din al-Shirazi (d. 1311),
Ibn al-Baytar (13th century)
Ibn Taymiyya (d. 1328)
Sadr al-Shari‘a al-Bukhari (d. 1347)
Ibn Qayyim al-Jawziyya (d. 1350)
Adud al-Din al-Iji (d. 1355)
Ibn al-Shatir (d. 1375)
Al-Masmudi (14th century)
Ibn Khaldun (d. 1406)
Ulegh Beg (15th century)
‘Ala’ al-Din al-Qushji (d. 1474)
Jalal al-Din al-Suyuti (d. 1505)
Shams al-Din al-Khafri (d. 1550)
Al-Tajuri (16th century)
Taqi al-Din (16th century)
Al-‘Arabi Ibn ‘Abd al-Salam al-Fasi (late 17th century)