25 episodes

What did it mean to pursue science in the Ottoman Empire? Who practiced it and why? And how should scholars approach the topic today? This series of podcasts introduces new research that challenges the traditional story of science in the Ottoman Empire. Setting aside long-held assumptions of the passive reception of European science or of a golden age stymied by religious obscurantism, these podcasts explore how artisans, scholars, and others made sense of the natural world. Some examine topics and actors traditionally regarded as outside the bounds of science, such as alchemy, while others reveal connections to broader worlds of intellectual exchange. Yet others situate seemingly cerebral sciences like astronomy or medicine in the everyday contexts of religion and charity. Together they reveal a new and vibrant intellectual world that has been too often overlooked.

History of Science, Ottoman or Otherwise Ottoman History Podcast

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    • 4.0, 8 Ratings

What did it mean to pursue science in the Ottoman Empire? Who practiced it and why? And how should scholars approach the topic today? This series of podcasts introduces new research that challenges the traditional story of science in the Ottoman Empire. Setting aside long-held assumptions of the passive reception of European science or of a golden age stymied by religious obscurantism, these podcasts explore how artisans, scholars, and others made sense of the natural world. Some examine topics and actors traditionally regarded as outside the bounds of science, such as alchemy, while others reveal connections to broader worlds of intellectual exchange. Yet others situate seemingly cerebral sciences like astronomy or medicine in the everyday contexts of religion and charity. Together they reveal a new and vibrant intellectual world that has been too often overlooked.

Customer Reviews

4.0 out of 5
8 Ratings

8 Ratings

JewishCandidate ,

Whispers

Please speak up. I listened to a podcast on a Bluetooth boom box and couldn't hear the speaker 50% of the time because dude was whispering into the mic. The content itself was fantastic, but I missed a lot of it because the speaker wasn't speaking loud enough into the mic.

History of the kidneys ,

Great discussions

I enjoyed the episodes I listened to so far. The hosts and the guests are to be commended for making the discussions both entertaining and informative. What I thought refreshing is the non judgmental tone in which issues related to the Middle East are discussed, a rarity these days! I find the title a bit confusing as some of the content has little or nothing to do either with the Ottomans or with science!

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