Date Thesis Awarded

5-2014

Document Type

Honors Thesis

Degree Name

Bachelors of Science (BS)

Department

History

Advisor

Nicholas Popper

Committee Member

Ayfer Karakaya-Stump

Committee Member

Frans Schalekamp

Abstract

The status of mathematics in the Islamic world underwent a dramatic change from c. 750 to 1100 that enabled it to endure a significant theological and epistemological shift in the eleventh century. In that time, math was first recognized for its utility in confronting problems that faced Islamic society. Established as a respectable form of knowledge, math gained further scholastic interest as texts translated from Sanskrit, then Greek, introduced new problems and methods to Islamicate mathematics. It gained epistemic clout as practitioners relied increasingly on proofs to support their claims. In the eleventh century, theological changes gradually lowered the value given to human reason, but as mathematical proof was increasingly considered to transcend reason, math remained a legitimate way of knowing in the Islamicate world.

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