George Saliba, Professor Emeritus of Arabic and Islamic Science, Columbia University, presented the talk What Does Western Tradition Owe to Islamic Civilization?
Professor Saliba discussed the transmission of the Indo-Arabic numerical and decimal system to Renaissance Europe, which facilitated the ongoing development of mathematics. He also provided many examples of scientific treatises and instruments originating in Islamic civilization which were adopted, used and further developed by European scholars, most of whom freely acknowledged their intellectual debt.
Dr. Saliba is the author of several publications on the origins and influence of Arabic and Islamic science and the recipient of numerous awards, fellowships and honors.
The event was held at Princeton University and co-sponsored by the Princeton Middle East Society and the Mamdouha S. Bobst Center for Peace and Justice.