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Warriors of the Cloisters: The Central Asian Origins of Science in the Medieval World

Christopher I. Beckwith


This book tells how key cultural innovations from Central Asia revolutionized medieval Europe and gave rise to the culture of science in the West. Medieval scholars rarely performed scientific experiments, but instead contested issues in natural science, philosophy, and theology using the recursive argument method. This highly distinctive and unusual method of disputation was a core feature of medieval science, the predecessor of modern science. We know that the foundations of science were imported to Western Europe from the Islamic world, but until now the origins of such key elements of Isla ... More

Keywords: cultural innovations, Islamic Central Asia, medieval Europe, medieval science, modern science, Islamic culture, Avicenna, Islamic college, recursive argument method

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780691155319
Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017 DOI:10.23943/princeton/9780691155319.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Christopher I. Beckwith, author
Ruhr-University Bochum