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...One of the rarest and most valuable pieces in the Arcadian Library’s History of Science and Medicine collection is an early fourteenth-century manuscript of the Liber de Cirurgia—the Latin translation...
...From the eighth to the thirteenth centuries, scientists from across the Islamic world made great advances in the study of medicine, compiling the knowledge of the ancient Greeks, Romans, Persians and Indians and building upon it themselves,...
...The Arcadian Library, from its very inception, has always been more than a private collection. Its acquisition policy has always been secondary to its ethical mission—to facilitate peaceful dialogue between East and West. In a tense age...
...The Arcadian Library acquired the manuscript of the Kitāb al-Musta‘īnī in 2003. The codex was reportedly purchased in Paris in the 1960s by a Middle Eastern historian of medicine and arrived in the UK by family descent. Its...
...As part of the Translation Movement centring on the House of Wisdom in Abbasid Baghdad, numerous works relating to chemistry, physics, astronomy and astrology were brought together and translated into Arabic, facilitating new discoveries...
...The Ottoman Empire is one of the longest enduring empires in history. During its golden era in fifteenth and sixteenth centuries, most of the Arab world, together with a sizeable part of Eastern Europe, had been incorporated into its...
...European writings on the Ottoman Empire fall into two main categories. On the one hand the Turk was seen as the enemy and was feared accordingly, and on the other the Ottoman world inspired immense curiosity. The Arcadian Library is home...
...Much of the Arcadian Library has been assembled through the acquisition of the libraries of earlier collectors. Without the earlier curation work of individuals such as Şefik E. Atabey, Richard Heber and Peter Hopkirk, the Arcadian Library...
...Lady Hester Stanhope, who arrived in Istanbul in 1810, perpetuated the tradition of the well-connected, pre-Victorian, aristocratic traveller, elevating the role to new levels of eccentricity. Stanhope’s unconventional life has been...
...The field in which Arab and Persian contributions to progress was most widely acknowledged in the West was science. In spite of criticisms which started in the Renaissance and increased during the scientific revolution preceding...