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...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...
...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...
... Both compendia exerted a profound influence on Medieval and Renaissance thought and science, and became required reading at European universities until well into the eighteenth century. The Arcadian Library owns more rare copies...
...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 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...
...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...
... century, and beyond even that in the Islamic world. Numerous printed commentaries on his work appeared in Europe from the late fifteenth century onwards, although manuscript commentaries survive from long before. The Arcadian Library owns...
... published between 1500 and 1800 nearly all emphasized the benefits of consulting scientists who wrote in Arabic. The Arcadian Library houses one of the world’s most important collections of texts relating to the contribution that Arab and Persian scholars and physicians made to the development of science and medicine....