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Robert Gordon Morrison
Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA 99362-2083)
Religion and Science in Medieval Iran

I am working on a book-length intellectual biography of the Persian scientist, Qur’an commentator, and mystic Nizam al-Din al-Nisaburi (d. c. 1330 C. E.). Nisaburi is a fascinating subject for an intellectual biography because of his situation at the apex of important movements in both medieval scientific and Islamic thought. While Nisaburi was a respected religious scholar informed by Islamic theology, he likely wrote as one more committed to scientific investigation than religious scholars who lacked his lengthy and specialized training in science.

Project fields:
History and Philosophy of Science, Technology, and Medicine

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Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2004 – 8/31/2004