Monday, December 4, 2017

Exhibition shows how Jews, Christians and Muslims created today's scientific world

By Martin-Gropius-Bau, Berlin
crop-6 Detail of twelve “masters” under the planetary sky, from the Oracle book Courtesy Martin-Gropius-Bau
Today’s scientific world rests upon the shoulders of the Jewish, Christian and Muslim scholars who translated ancient scriptures in the Middle Ages. The significance of this transfer of knowledge cannot be overstated, even if it wasn’t the only strand of transmission. The “House of Wisdom” was founded in Baghdad in the 9th century and became the site of much translation effort: Persian, Aramaic, Syrian, Hebrew, Indian (Sanskrit) and Latin manuscripts were translated into Arabic there by Jewish, Christian and Sabaean scholars. Find out more about the ‘Jews, Christians and Muslims’ exhibition from Martin-Gropius-Bau’s website. [More]