The re-digging of old scientific heritage in the Islamic civilization

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The re-digging of old scientific heritage is part of the indigenization of science. In the context of the Islamic civilization, it was conducted after a scientific work from another civilization was translated into Arabic language. The contents of the translated work was re-dug and re-explored to obtain further information on the knowledge contained in the work. This article aims to legitimize the existence of redigging activity of old scientific heritage in the Islamic civilization. This matter had to be cleared in order to prove that scholars of the Islamic civilization did utilize the works of other civilizations to build up their science. However, at the same time, it did not mean that the knowledge was accepted without question. On the contrary, it was studied and assessed as well as modified according to Islamic concepts before being absorbed as knowledge in the Islamic civilization. This study uses the qualitative methodology through instrument analysis by way of textual and contextual study of primary sources. Accordingly, the study finds that the aspect of re-digging of old scientific heritage did occur in the Islamic civilization. It was established that scholars of the Islamic civilization had taken the initiative to re-dig old scientific heritage from the civilizations nearest to them, that is, Hellenistic-Greece, India as well as Persia. The importance of this study is relevant because efforts to re-dig from the nearest civilizations are appropriate and should be undertaken by all civilizations in the world. Indeed, this matter has been proven to be fruitful by the Islamic civilization and the Western civilization. Further research can be conducted by re-digging old scientific heritage of the Western civilization to re-assess the knowledge developed by them, such as science, which was taken from the Islamic civilization.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)655-661
Number of pages7
JournalAustralian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences
Volume5
Issue number10
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011

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  • Greek
  • Indian and Persian civilizations
  • Indigenization of science
  • Islamic civilization
  • Islamic science
  • Re-digging of old scientific heritage

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The re-digging of old scientific heritage in the Islamic civilization. / Sidik @ Mat Sidek, Roziah; Abdullah, Mohd Jailani; Mujani, Wan Kamal.

In: Australian Journal of Basic and Applied Sciences, Vol. 5, No. 10, 10.2011, p. 655-661.

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