By Usaama al-Azami
The Role of Muslims in Islamic Scholarship in Britain over the Next Ten Years
Medieval Islamic societies were, in their heyday, the most bibliophilic societies in pre-modern times. Of course, with the advent of printing, and the rise of Europe out of the Dark Ages, the Western world embarked on the quest for knowledge in its own right, leading, in the modern era, to the Library of Congress in Washington comfortably ranking first in the league tables of ‘library size’.
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