Islamic civilization’s intellectual achievements, both in the traditional and rational/philosophical sciences, guided the world for centuries. The rise of Western science, however, was accompanied by a westernizing self-understanding and historiography which put Europe at the centre, and which reduced Islamic civilization’s global role in scientific progress to that of a mere transmitter between the nations, while also limiting this role to a particular period in history.

In universities of the Islamic world, the defensive and reactionary climate of a century ago has given way to a more scientific and objective approach, and in this rediscovery, there is no doubt that Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin was one of the leading names. With his invaluable studies, and above all the book series entitled Geschichte des arabischen Schrifttums (GAS), which concerns the rise of traditional and rational scientific literature from the beginnings of Islamic civilization, Prof. Sezgin was able to reach conclusions that dismantled stereotypes and left an important academic legacy.

The Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin Research Foundation for the History of Science in Islam, in cooperation with Istanbul University and the Fatih Sultan Mehmet Waqf University, is organizing an International Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin History of Science in Islam Symposium from 13-15 June 2019 in Istanbul. The aim is both to commemorate our recently departed Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin, and to inspire future generations with the great example of his astonishing academic legacy.

The First International Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin History of Science in Islam Symposium, which is to become a regular event, will include an opening address on “the academic legacy of Prof. Dr. Fuat Sezgin”. There will then be papers on all areas of the history of science in Islam.

  • Fuat Sezgin’s contributions to the history of science in Islam
  • Topics from the history of science in Islam
  • The scientific instruments and technology developed in the context of Islamic civilization
  • Education and educational institutions of the sciences in Islam
  • The contribution of the sciences in Islam to the scientific traditions of different cultures
  • Political, social, economic, intellectual and environmental factors in the development of the sciences in Islam

Official Languages of the Symposium:

The symposium will be held in Turkish, Arabic and English. Simultaneous translation will be made in these languages during the symposium.

Transportation and accommodation expenses of the participants whose applications are accepted will be covered.

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