Classical Heritage in Islamic Science


Relevant works on the classical heritage in the Islamic scientific tradition:

Franz Rosenthal, The Classical Heritage in Islam, Arabic Thought and Culture Series, Routledge, 1994

Dimitri Gutas, Greek Thought, Arabic Culture: The Graeco-Arabic Translation Movement in Baghdad and Early ‘Abbasaid Society (2nd-4th/5th-10th c.), Arabic Thought and Culture Series, Routledge, 1998

Furthermore, every volume on science of the Geschichte der Arabischen Schrifttums, (GAS), has a large part on Greek authors whose works were known and read in the Islamic tradition.




Interesting Research Project: Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL) 

An interesting project is Ptolemaeus Arabus et Latinus (PAL) which is dedicated to the edition and study of the Arabic and Latin versions of Ptolemy’s astronomical and astrological texts and related material. These include works by Ptolemy or attributed to him, commentaries thereupon and other works that are of immediate relevance to understanding Ptolemy’s heritage in the Middle Ages and the early modern period up to 1700 A.D. The project is hosted by the Bayerische Akademie der Wissenschaften in Munich for a period of 25 years starting in 2013. It is supervised by Prof. Dr. Dag Nikolaus Hasse (University of Würzburg) and carried out by five scholars as follows: two research leaders, Dr. David Juste (formerly University of Sydney) and Dr. Benno van Dalen (formerly University of Munich); two post-doctoral researchers; and one doctoral student.

For more information see the website: