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Zoom Seminar | Squaring always the circle: Medieval Arabic Diagrams, their representations and implications

From: 2020-07-02 To:2020-07-02

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    Medieval & Early Modern Philosophy
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    Aristotelica Portugalensia
    Reason, Politics & Society
  • 16h00 (Portugal time) | 2 July 2020

    Squaring always the circle: Medieval Arabic Diagrams, their representations and implications

    Michel Kabalan (IF-FLUP)

     

    FDTW: Zoom-Seminar: https://videoconf-colibri.zoom.us/j/93193782042

    Meeting ID: 931 9378 2042
    Password: 643739

     

    Abstract: It is well known that Arabic medieval manuscripts are abound with several types of diagrammatic representations and complexities. Be it in the natural sciences, astronomy, algebra and last but not least philosophy, Arabic medieval manuscripts often include and for the purpose of clarity shorthand annotated diagrams and/or marginal diagrams inserted by the manuscripts' copyists themselves at some point during the transmission process. In addition, these diagrams frequently cover one to two pages when a larger complex representation or diagram is needed. Rarely considered except for their aesthetic value, these diagrammatic representations often chronicle the signs and the traces of the passage from a mere textual conceptualisation to a more complex yet condensed graphic conceptualisation. In this paper, I shall study several examples of these unique diagrammatic representations. I will mostly highlight two to three diagrams drawn respectively from a political, theological and scientific Arabic Medieval treaty. Towards the end, I will try to show how these complex diagrammatic representations are echoing a gradually shifting visual dynamic, from the textual to the representational, within the history of Arabic and Islamic philosophy.

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    Text (Paper Draft): Squaring always the circle: Medieval Arabic Diagrams, their representations and implications

     

    https://ifilosofia.up.pt/proj/fdtw/squaring_always_the_circle_medie

     

    Organização:
    Instituto de Filosofia da Universidade do Porto - FIL/00502
    Project From Data to Wisdom. Philosophizing Data Visualizations in the Middle Ages and Early Modernity (13th-17th Century) - FDTW (POCI-01-0145-FEDER-029717)

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