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Cambridge University Press
Islamic Technology: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

Islamic Technology: An Illustrated History / Edition 1

by Ahmad Y. al-Hassan, Donald R. HillAhmad Y. al-Hassan


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Although the contributions of Islamic civilisations to science have long been recognised, the application of this scientific expertise to technology had been neglected until the publication of this then pioneering 1986 text. The book begins to remedy that neglect, first by celebrating the richness and ingenuity of the world of Islamic technology and then by pointing the way forward to its more detailed exploration. Lavishly illustrated, this book explores the major technological achievements of Islamic civilisations, namely the public works of civil engineering, the machines and mechanical devices which served to control water, provide power, serve as instruments or to amuse.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780521422390
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 01/16/1992
Edition description: 1st pbk. ed
Pages: 322
Product dimensions: 6.89(w) x 9.76(h) x 0.83(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface and acknowledgements; 1. Introduction; 2. Mechanical engineering; 3. Civil engineering; 4. Military technology; 5. Ships and navigation; 6. Chemical technology; 7. Textiles, paper and leather; 8. Agriculture and food technology; 9. Mining and metallurgy; 10. Engineers and artisans; 11. Epilogue; Selected bibliography; Credits and permissions; Index.

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