Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his “Science and Technology in Islam”

Muammer İskenderoğlu

ABSTRACT
This article argues that the superiority of any civilisation over another depends on its scholars’ contribution to the different areas of common human heritage. Western civilisation superiority seems to be due to its scholars’ contribution not only to their history of science, culture and art but also of other civilisations as well. In this context, this article focuses on Western scholars’ contribution to the knowledge of the East in general, and Islamic civilization in particular. The article examines the figure of the Turkish scholar Fuat Sezgin’s Science and Technology in Islam and argues that Sezgin did not challenge Orientalism, in fact he worked within its frame of reference and methodology. In fact, Sezgin, at the same time, used Orientalist scholars’ methodology, heavily benefited from their previous studies and appreciated their contributions to Islamic civilisation. The article concludes that the panorama presented by Sezgin in this work in the field of science and technique in Islam, can be also introduced in a similar way in relation to other fields and the result will not be different.

Keywords
Islam, History of Science, Fuat Sezgin, Orientalism
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DETAILS
Primary LanguageEnglish
SubjectsHistory of Islamic Science
Journal SectionResearch Article
AuthorMuammer İskenderoğlu
Orcidhttps://orcid.org/0000-0003-1857-9826
Quotation
ISNADİskenderoğlu, Muammer. “Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his Science and Technology in Islam”. International Research Journal of Islamic Civilization 1/1 (2021): 34-45.
APAİskenderoğlu, M. (2021), Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his Science and Technology in Islam. International Research Journal of Islamic Civilization 1 (1), 34-45.
IEEEM. İskenderoğlu, “Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his Science and Technology in Islam”, International Research Journal of Islamic Civilization , vol. 1, no. 1, Jan. 2021,pp. 34-45.
CHICAGOİskenderoğlu, M. “Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his Science and Technology in Islam”. International Research Journal of Islamic Civilization 1 (2021): 34-45.
Vancouverİskenderoğlu, M. Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his Science and Technology in Islam. International Research Journal of Islamic Civilization. 2021; 1 (1): 34-45.
AMAİskenderoğlu, M. Did Fuat Sezgin challenge Orientalism? An Evaluation on the Basis of his Science and Technology in Islam. IRJIC. 2021; 1 (1): 34-45.