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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.