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A 'golden age' of Arabic science


A thumbnail sketch of the history of science typically begins with the ancient Greeks and Romans before leaping the best part of a thousand years to Kepler, Galileo and the birth of the Renaissance. But this "western" model overlooks the importance of science and scholarship in the Islamic world of the Middle Ages. Science correspondent Tom Feilden examines how the modern Gulf states are looking to recreate this lost heritage.

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