The Golden Age Of Islam Essays

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Despite the association of Islam with terrorism in American media, Islam has been beneficial through major advancements in the field of astronomy during and just after the Golden Age of Islam. This is shown through Al-Battani’s discovery of Earth’s planetary characteristics, Ibn Al-Haytham’s calculation of the thickness of the Earth’s atmosphere through optical measurement, and Ibn Al-Haytham and Nasir al-Din al-Tusi’s massive revisions to the Ptolemaic model of the universe.
The Golden Age of Islam was, simply put, a period of intellectual enlightenment for the Middle East. Occurring from approximately 750 A.D. to 1258 A.D., the Golden Age of Islam gave rise to an influx of knowledge from areas such as Persia, Syria, India, and Greece that was all translated into Arabic. This mass of knowledge was finally united into one language, thus allowing scholars to study all the information from other cultures without geographical boundaries and social persecution hindering scientific development. Scholars were able to compare texts and see all that different cultures discovered and create a single set of knowledge available to all. The epitome of the Golden Age of Islam’s quest for knowledge can be shown through the fact that the translators were compensated generously, with salaries of about 500 dinars per month and the weight in gold of each book that they translated. This compensation truly demonstrates the value that the Golden Age of Islam put on knowledge. This allowed…

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