Butler Library (Room 203), Columbia University, 535 West 114th Street, New York
Science, Nature and Beauty: Harmony and Cosmological Perspectives in Islamic Science is an exhibit that showcases over 90 manuscripts, instruments and objects from the Muslim World Manuscript collection housed in the Rare Book and Manuscript Library at the Columbia University Libraries. It is a collective curatorial effort that has involved students, faculty members, librarians and library staff working hand-in-hand.
The items exhibited help to bring into clear relief the complex and dynamic ways in which sciences permeated almost all aspects of life within the Muslim world, not only during the so-called “golden age” or “classical” centuries of Islamic history but until at least the middle of the 18th century. The exhibit also contributes to an understanding of Islamic science as a robust, diverse and lively scholarly endeavor, and as a central and non-reducible component of larger and non-linear histories, cultures and traditions of the arts and sciences.