Saturday, March 24, 2012

The Arabic/Islamic Impact on Modern Medicine and Pharmacology Albany of College and Pharmacy

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Date: Thu, Mar 22, 2012 at 2:27 PM
Subject: Interesting Lecture at Albany of College and Pharmacy on Thursday 05 April
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Dr. George Saliba of Columbia University to talk on the Arabic/Islamic Roots of Modern Medicine and Pharmacology at Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences on April 5

On Thursday, April 5, at 7 p.m., George Saliba, Ph.D., professor of Arabic and Islamic Science at Columbia University, will give a talk on "The Arabic/Islamic Impact on Modern Medicine and Pharmacology" at the Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, Student Center, Room 202, 41 Union Drive, Albany. The event is free and open to the public.

During the 9th and 10th centuries, the Abbasid Dynasty of Baghdad sponsored a multigenerational project to translate Greek philosophical and scientific works. In 832 AD, the Bayt al Hikma or House of Wisdom was established to support the work of the translators and scholars. Without this translation project, it is likely that much of the Greek canon would have been lost. In addition, world-famous thinkers such as Hunayan, Ibn Ishaq, Al-Kindi, Ibn Sina, Ibn Rushd, Farabi, Al-Razi and others had an immense impact not only on Medieval Arabic translation but also on the scientific breakthroughs which were made later in the West.

Dr. Saliba's illustrated talk will focus on how Arab/Islamic intellectual developments of this period transformed scientific thought, ultimately leading to significant advances in pharmacology and medicine. The talk will also illustrate how the new empirical attitudes that were developed in the Islamic civilization became the cornerstones in what we now call experimental empirical science.  

Dr. Saliba is highly regarded as someone who can make the complexities of Islam accessible to those who are eager to understand this important and influential tradition.
Dr. Saliba, a native of Lebanon, graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics at American University Beirut where he also earned a Master's in Mathematics. He then earned a Master's in Near Eastern Studies/Semitic Languages and his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies/Islamic Sciences from the University of California Berkeley. Dr. Saliba has been teaching at Columbia University since 1978. Dr. Saliba studies the development of scientific ideas from late antiquity to early modern times, with a special focus on the transmission of astronomical and mathematical ideas from the Islamic world to Renaissance Europe during the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries. He received the History of Astronomy Prize from the Kuwait Foundation for the Advancement of Science in 1996, and the History of Science Prize given by the Third World Academy of Science in 1993. He has also been selected as Distinguished Senior Scholar at the Kluge Center of the Library of Congress (2005-6), and at the Carnegie Scholars Program (2009-10). Dr. Saliba has been interviewed for the PBS documentary "Empire of Faith" and for the BBC documentary "Islamic History of Europe."
He is the author of Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance (2007) in addition to another eight books which he authored or co-authored and 59 articles including "Rethinking the Roots of Modern Science: Arabic Scientific Manuscripts in European Libraries," Occasional Paper, Center for Contemporary Arabic Studies, Georgetown University (1999).
Dr. Saliba's talk is part of a new lecture series entitled the Science, Culture and Medicine Speaker Series sponsored by  Department of Humanities and Communication and the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences. Dr. Saliba's talk is also co-sponsored by the Iraqi Refugee Project of Albany (a coalition of Bethlehem Neighbors for Peace, Women Against War and the Women's Association for Family Affairs). 

The ACPHS Student Center can be reached by turning from Holland Avenue onto Notre Dame Drive, then turning right on Union Drive and following the signs for Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences parking.

For more information about Dr. Saliba's talk, visit, contact Professor Bill Millington at ACPHS at 518-694-7242 or the Iraqi Refugee Project at 518-392-9477. Also check

Hope you can make it!


Kevin Hickey, PhD
Associate Professor of English & Africana Studies
Dept. of Humanities & Communication, OB 225B
Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences
106 New Scotland Ave.
Albany, NY 12208-3492

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