Science and Technology in Islamic Civilization, Baku, 2015

Science and Technology in Islamic Civilization, Baku, 2015

Thematic framework
Civilizations are the common product of humankind’s efforts in the search for progress over millennia. The Egyptian, Babylonian, Indian, Chinese, Mesopotamian, Islamic and European and other civilizations have lived at different periods and under different geographical, social and economic conditions but nevertheless they influenced and opened horizons for each other, surpassed one another in some areas, but inherited from each another in succession by forming a chain with interdependent links.
Muslims developed the sciences that they had transferred from other civilizations by way of translation, also founded new sciences and laid grounds for later ones during the first centuries of Islam. An important role was played in this process by observance of the fundamental principles of the Holy Quran that uphold knowledge and science, religious scholars’ developing methods of reflection inspired from these principles, innovations by scientists who approached their predecessors’ legacy gratefully but also skeptically and critically, and the support and encouragement of rulers and governments who did not dissociate social development from scientific development.
These scientific activities, which are termed “Islamic sciences” with regard to the periods and the regions in world history of science, were transferred to other cultures and civilizations, on top of them European centers, and thus played a role in the development of science and technology that reached our time.
Presentations at the symposium will underscore this role by contributions of Islamic sciences

Aim of the symposium
The symposium aims to contribute to studies on the history of civilizations by encouraging objective research on the scientific activity carried out in the Muslim world throughout history and the achievements of scientists of this world in various sciences, thus giving the peak period of “Islamic sciences” its rightful place in the world history of science and, on a broader level, throwing light on a lesser known phase of the evolution of civilizations.

1. Science in Islam
2. Astronomy
3. Geography
4. Geometry
5. Physics
6. Optics
7. Medicine
8. Chemistry
9. Natural sciences
10. Mechanics
11. Architectural technology
12. Navigation
13. War technology

Conditions for participation:
1. The papers must be original, unpublished and directly related to the symposium theme
2. Abstracts of papers must be between 200-300 words long and papers, between 5000-8000 words
3. Abstracts and texts of articles must be sent to either Secretariat addresses below by email
4. The Academic Committee reserves the right to reject papers which do not meet academic requirements
5. Papers which will be accepted by the Academic Committee will be published by IRCICA. Copyright for publication of the papers will belong to the symposium organizers.

Symposium calendar:
Submission of abstracts: 30 June 2014
Notifications of acceptance: 15 July 2014
Submission of the papers: 30 December 2014

Languages of the symposium:
English, Turkish, Azeri Turkish

IRCICA, Yıldız Sarayı, Seyir Köşkü
Barbaros Blv., Beşiktaş 34349 İstanbul, Türkiye
Tel: +90 212 2591742,

Khazar University
11 Mehseti Str., AZ1096 Baku, Azerbaijan
Tel: (994 12) 4211093, (994 12) 4217916