The 'Arabick' Interest of the Natural Philosophers in Seventeenth-Century England by Gül A. Russell
(Brill's Studies in Intellectual History)

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The 'Arabick' Interest of the Natural Philosophers in Seventeenth-Century England deals with the remarkably widespread interest in Arabic in seventeenth-century England among Biblical scholars and theologians, natural philosophers and Fellows of the Royal Society, and others. It led to the institutionalisation of Arabic studies at Oxford and Cambridge Universities where Arabic chairs were set up, and immense manuscript collections were established and utilised. Fourteen historians examine the extent and sources of this Arabic interest in areas ranging from religion, astronomy, mathematics, medicine, philosophy, philology, and alchemy to botany. Arabic is shown to have been a significant component of the rise of Protestant intellectual tradition and the evolution of secular scholarship at universities.

About Gül A. Russell

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G.A. Russell, Ph.D. (1962) in Comparative Studies and History and Philosophy of Science is Associate Professor in History of Medicine in the Health Science Center at Texas A&M University and Research Associate at the Wellcome Institute for the History of Medicine, London. She has published on the early history of vision, and psychology. At present she is working on John Locke and Ibn Tufayl's "h ayy ibn Yaqz n"; and the diffusion of the translations of the Arabic text in Europe.
Published July 1, 1994 by Brill Academic Pub. 332 pages
Genres: History, Travel, Law & Philosophy. Non-fiction