The Ottoman Scientific Heritage

The Ottoman Scientific Heritage is a three-volume tour de force that will prove to be a key reference point for historians of science and Ottomanists alike. Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu, a former Secretary-General of the Organisation of Islamic Cooperation, has spent a lifetime dispelling a common trope that, after the sacking of Baghdad by the Mongols in 1258, the Islamic golden-age of science ended, and the Ottomans contributed little to nothing to the development of science. Starting his academic inquiry into science in the Ottoman Empire in the 1970s, when it was common for historians to disregard studying the history of science of the Ottomans, nobody has done more to raise awareness about Ottoman science than Ihsanoglu. In 2017, Ihsanoglu published a … Continue reading The Ottoman Scientific Heritage