Moving beyond narratives of conventional “Golden Age” narratives, this panel reexamines the scientific works of scholars in the Islamicate world through the lens of manuscript culture. Utilizing the recently digitized treasures of the Columbia University Libraries’ Manuscripts of the Muslim World project, the panel presents in-depth case studies in the history of knowledge across the premodern Islamicate world. By foregrounding the manuscript cultures that shaped the production and exchange of astronomical and mathematical knowledge, this panel raises important questions about the role of manuscript cultures in shaping scientific inquiry and the circulation of knowledge across traditions. How might we read these scientific texts in new ways that take into account the different intellectual traditions that shaped them and their legacies on their own terms?
Free and open to the public; registration required. Please visit the event webpage for additional information. Please email Kaoukab Chebaro at [email protected] with any questions. Hosted by the Columbia University Libraries.