Please view film Islam: Empire of Faith, Part II Awakenings; Available in the Reserve Collection at Hagerty Library and on Youtube at:

And read: George Saliba, Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2007), Chapter Five, ‘Science between Philosophy and Religion: The Case of Astronomy,’ pp. 171-192; Available as an e-book in the Drexel Library catalogue at:

Then discuss: Why did the Islamic Empire devote so much energy in collecting and studying Ancient Greek philosophy (Aristotle Plato etc)?  How did they use this material (just copy it, or develop it further)?

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