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The European Discovery of Arab Culture



18:00 - 19:00


The Royal Society, London, 6-9 Carlton House Terrace, London, SW1Y 5AG



Speaker: Prof. Charles Burnett

Chair: Prof. Jim Al-Khalili

This lecture will trace the stages in the discovery of Arabic culture by European scholars from the early middle ages until the early-modern period.

Charles Burnett is Professor of the History of Islamic Influences in Europe at the Warburg Institute, University of London. In his lecture Prof. Burnett will address questions such as: Why did the early European scholars, including some founders of the Royal society, study Arabic?

How did the acquisition of manuscripts and the translation movement take place? How was the study of Arabic established in European universities?

There will be an opportunity for lecture attendees to view the Royal Society’s 'Arabick Roots' exhibition after the event.

The lecture is free and all are welcome to attend - no ticket or reservation is required. Doors will open at 5.45pm and seating is on a first-come first-served basis. If you have questions about this event please contact Felicity Henderson on 020 74512597 or The lecture is co-organised by the Foundation for Science, Technology and Civilisation, and the Royal Society Centre for History of Science.

The European Discovery of Arab Culture

This lecture will trace the stages in the discovery by European scholars of Arabic culture from the early Middle Ages until the early modern period. It will show how the study of Arabic was established in European universities.

The Royal Society, London 6-9 Carlton House Terrace London SW1Y 5AG UK
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