Opening the gate of verification: intellectual trends in the 17th century Arab-Islamic world

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Opening the gate of verification: intellectual trends in the 17th century Arab-Islamic world

Type: Article / Letter to editor
Title: Opening the gate of verification: intellectual trends in the 17th century Arab-Islamic world
Author: El-Rouayheb, K.
Source: IIAS Newsletter, 43, 11 (2007)
Publisher: IIAS, Leiden
Issue Date: 2007
Keywords: History
Islam
Abstract: For much of the 20th century, it was widely assumed that early modern Arabic-Islamic civilisation had been in an advanced state of 'decadence' or 'sclerosis'. The 'golden' or 'classical' age of Arabic-Islamic civilisation had, it was believed, come to an end in the 13th or 14th century, giving way to a 'dark age' of intellectual stagnation - an age of 'imitation and compilation' - that lasted until the 19th century 'renaissance' (nahda). This sad intellectual state of affairs was also thought to mirror an imagined economic and demographic decline attributed to Ottoman (mis)rule and/or shifts in international trade routes.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/12786
 

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