Current Trends in the History of Science in Muslim Societies: Debates, Approaches, and Stakes


WHEN December 11-12, 2019
WHERE New York WHO NYU Abu Dhabi Institute in New York By Invitation Interested scholars please contact

This workshop brings together leading and rising historians of the natural sciences in pre-1900 Muslim societies to discuss the current state of the field, research paradigms that have emerged, and future directions they see the field taking. This is not solely an academic question. How historians choose to narrate the natural scientific past of Muslim societies relates to broader questions on the relationship between religion and science, the relationship between the occult and the natural sciences, and the alleged decline of Muslim intellectual traditions. The workshop includes traditional panels organized by sub-discipline and roundtable discussions that address the central methodological and historiographical problems.

Convened by
  • Justin Stearns, Associate Professor in Arab Crossroads Studies, NYUAD
  • Nahyan Fancy, Professor of History, DePauw University
Hosted by
  • NYU Abu Dhabi Institute

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