Arabick Roots


Frontispiece to Selenographia

The ‘Arabick’ roots of knowledge were significant at the founding period of the Royal Society. English philosophers showed continued appreciation for the classical science of the Arabic and Islamic worlds and interest in its living knowledge; they used both as sources for their research.

This exhibition highlights the ways in which early Fellows of the Royal Society, such as Edmond Halley and Robert Boyle, used the work of Arabic and Islamic scholars as a basis for their research. Many of the items on display are drawn from the library and archives of the Royal Society, and have not previously been on public display.

Find out more about the artefacts in the Arabick Roots exhibition, or download a copy of the exhibition catalogue (29MB PDF).

The exhibition has been generously supported by the Qatar Foundation. Exhibition curator Rim Turkmani was funded by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation. Exhibition design by Cultural Innovations.

Arabick Roots 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK

Events coming up

  • The next big thing 29 May 2015 at Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales Four Royal Society Research Fellows discuss their work at the forefront of science at the Hay Festival.
  • Stuff matters 31 May 2015 at Hay Festival, Hay-on-Wye, Wales Join award winning author Mark Miodownik at the Hay Festival.
  • Elements, genomes and ecosystems: cascading nitrogen and phosphorus impacts across levels of biological organisation 01 June 2015 at The Royal Society at Chicheley Hall, home of the Kavli Royal Society International Centre, Buckinghamshire Theo Murphy international scientific meeting organised by Professor Andrew Leitch, Professor Maurine Neiman, Professor Dag Hessen, Professor Puni Jeyasingh, Professor Lawrence J. Weider and Dr Ilia Leitch

For more events please see the events diary.