2.2.2 Civilizational Encounters Video

The intellectual cross-fertilization of various traditions had a profound impact on classical Islamic societies, argue Professors Hussein Abdulsater and Scott Trigg at the University of Notre Dame in the departments of Classics and History and Philosophy of Science, respectively. The video has been produced by Notre Dame’s Office of Digital Learning.


Guiding Questions:
  1. What traditions influenced Islamic learning?
  2. What disciplines did Islamic scholars absorb and build upon from other traditions? How did they affect theology?
  3. Why do the speakers argue the translation movement was cosmopolitan?
  4. Do they believe it is possible to access a “pure” Islam?


Thumbnail: “Zoroastrian Fire Temple,” Isfahan. Photo Credit: Ivan Mlinaric, 2007. CC BY 2.0.