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Review: Artisans and Mathematicians in Medieval Islam

Reviewed Work: The Topkapi Scroll: Geometry and Ornament in Islamic Architecture by Gülru Necipoğlu
Review by: George Saliba
Journal of the American Oriental Society
Vol. 119, No. 4 (Oct. - Dec., 1999), pp. 637-645
DOI: 10.2307/604839
Stable URL: http://www.jstor.org/stable/604839
Page Count: 9
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Artisans and Mathematicians in Medieval Islam
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Abstract

This review article explores the relationship between the artisans and mathematicians of medieval Islam by examining the earliest historical sources in which such a relationship is depicted, and by focusing especially on the technical language that was used to describe the actual functions of one type of artisan, namely, the architect or master builder. It also argues for the need to draw necessary distinctions between the various types of artisans in order to delineate the exact dimensions of their relationship with theoretical mathematicians. As an example, it demonstrates how a group of early texts could be used to prove the close relationship that had developed between artisans, who were instrument makers, and theoretical mathematicians.

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