Culture of Learning


Reasons for Scholarships

  • Islam commanded its followers to examine their world and seek evidence of Allah
  • The vastness of the caliphate and the many cultures within it promoted curiosity and inquiry

Translation of Texts

Most of the translation takes place at an academy in Baghdad called the House of Wisdom. The resident scholars made texts from Hippocrates, Euclid, Galen, and Ptolemy. Once the texts were translated, the Greek texts stimulated further study in to the Muslim world.


After the Arabic texts were translated into Latin, they were available to European scholars. Much of the science and philosophy that was taught in European universities during the Middle Ages came from the translations.