Forging Islamic Science | Nir Shafir

E 400 | In this episode, Nir Shafir talks about the problem of "fake minatures" of Islamic science: small paintings that look old, but are actually contemporary productions. As these images circulate in museums, on book covers, and on the internet, they tell us more about what we want "Islamic science" to be than what it actually was. That, Nir tells us, is a lost opportunity. See more at: Nir Shafir researches the intellectual and religious history of the Middle East, from roughly 1400-1800, focusing on material culture and the history of science and technology. He serves an assistant professor of history at UCSD and is part of the editorial board of Ottoman History Podcast as well curating it series on history of science. Suzie Ferguson is a Ph.D. Candidate in Middle Eastern History at Columbia University. She is currently finishing a dissertation entitled "Tracing Tarbiya: Women, Gender and Childrearing in Egypt and Lebanon, 1865-1939. CREDITS Episode No. 400 Release Date: 02 February 2019 Recording Location: Istanbul, Turkey Audio editing by Suzie Ferguson Music: Muhtelif- Samsa Images and bibliography courtesy of Nir Shafir Available at:

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