Article ID: CBB001510326

The Beginning of the Chromatics in Islamic Civilization up to the End of the 6th Century AH (2011)


Marasy, Mohsen (Author)

Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Volume: 8, no.1
Issue: 1
Pages: 53-72

Publication Date: 2011
Edition Details: [Translated title.] In Persian.
Language: Persian

From bygone to now, Colors are aspects of nature that have been regarded scientists. In ancient Greece, essence of color and its relationship with light and vision in Natural Philosophy and especially Optics has been studied. Results of Greek thinkers in the field Chromatics, from Pythagoras to Aristotle through of translating scientific and philosophical texts, received to Muslim scholars and have been improved. Among Muslim scholars until the end of the sixth century AH, theories of intellectuals like Al-Kindi, Ayub Surrey, Ikhwan al-Safa, Ibn Hytham, Avicenna, Suhrawardi and Neyshabori are considerable. Review theories of these scientists show that Chromatics in the Muslim world strongly influenced by the Greeks knowledge and especially Aristotle. These theories have been discussed relationship of light and colors, essence of colors, color mixing and identify the main colors.

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Authors & Contributors
Smith, A. Mark
Bellosta, Hélène
Adamson, Peter
Raizman-Kedar, Yael
Azami, Altaf Ahmad
López Farjeat, Luis Xavier
Arabic Sciences and Philosophy
Revue d'Histoire des Sciences
Tarikh-e Elm (The Iranian Journal for the History of Science)
Studies in History and Philosophy of Science
Studies in History of Medicine and Science
Acta Philosophica
University of North Carolina Press
University of Chicago Press
Oxford University Press
Arab/Islamic world, civilization and culture
Color theory
Ibn al-Haytham, Abū ʿAlī al-Ḥasan
Suhrawardī, Yaḥyá ibn Ḥabash
al-Kindī, Abū Yūsuf Yaʿqub ibn Isḥāq
Grosseteste, Robert
13th century
11th century
14th century
Early modern
Ikhwān al-Ṣafā (Brethren of Purity)

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