| George Saliba

George Saliba


Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, Middle Eastern, South Asian, and African Studies


Columbia University


George Saliba is a historian of Arabic and Islamic Science. He has been teaching at Columbia University since 1978. After completing a B.S. in Mathematics and an M.A. at the American University of Beirut, he received another M.A. and his doctorate from the University of California, Berkeley. 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).

Selected Publications


Islamic Science and the Making of the European Renaissance, MIT Press (2007).

A History of Arabic Astronomy: Planetary Theories During the Golden Age of Islam
(NYU Press 1995).

Rethinking the Roots of Modern Science: Arabic Manuscripts in European Libraries
. Washington, DC: Center for Contemporary Arab Studies, Edmund A. Walsh School of Foreign Service, Georgetown University, 1999

"Greek Astronomy and the Medieval Arabic Tradition,” American Scientist, Jul/Aug 2002. Vol. 90, Iss. 4; p. 360.

“Islam and Modern Science: Lessons from the Past,” Oxygen: La Scienza per Tutti, April 2008.

The Arts of Fire: Islamic Influences on Glass and Ceramics of the Italian Renaissance
. Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2004.


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