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Gibson, Nathan P. ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0003-0786-8075 and Vollandt, Ronny ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1702-2981 (2023): Cross-communal scholarly interactions. In: Brentjes, Sonja ORCID logoORCID: https://orcid.org/0000-0002-8205-8550; Barker, Peter and Brentjes, Rana (eds.) : Routledge handbook on the sciences in Islamicate societies: Practices from the 2nd/8th to the 13th/19th centuries. London: Routledge. pp. 723-740 [PDF, 3MB]

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This chapter traces cross-communal interactions in the fields of medicine, mathematics and what the historical actors called the natural sciences. It discusses various modern interpretations of those interactions and engages with a number of historical problems researchers face when studying the extant sources. After a substantive survey of the current state of research, the chapter addresses four areas which offer fascinating evidence for interactions between scholars adhering to different faith communities: textual practices; teaching; patronage; workplaces. The chapter ends by suggesting future research directions.

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