Humanists of the Renaissance period […] often criticized scientists for adulterating Classical knowledge with Arabic/Islamic influences. Thus, the standard narrative of the Renaissance paints an erroneous picture that the Islamic interlude was merely a vessel for preserving and then passing out ancient Greeko-Roman science to the Europeans. Instead, there is no such thing as preserved Greek science. It had been thoroughly transformed during the intervening centuries and it was the new science that was of any use, not some preserved version of it. This may be common knowledge, but I think this distinction between humanists and scientists is really interesting.
Overhauling the standard narrative of the RenaissancePublished March 26, 2008 Discourses , Europe , History & Historiography , Orientalism & Occidentalism , Renaissance , Science , Tradition 2 Comments