Accept that licenses to teach [ʾijāzāt] are reliable indicators of which texts were considered authoritative in the Medieval Arabic scientific mosaic (MASM) in c. 750-1258 CE in the Abbasid caliphate. Thus, a proposition can be said to be accepted in MASM if the evidence of the licenses to teach [ʾijāzāt] indicates so.
There are good reasons to think that there was a body of truths generally accepted by the Medieval Arabic scientific community under Abbasid rule during the middle ages. However, the usual indicators initially established by the scientonomy community to guide us in reconstructing past mosaics (such as encyclopedias or university curricula) are not applicable in the case of the medieval Arabic scientific mosaic. Thus, by attending to the particular way that knowledge was disseminated in this community, we must locate what can serve as an indicator of theory acceptance for this particular mosaic.
Accept the following propositions concerning MASM in c. 750-1258 CE in the Abbasid caliphate:
- Authoritative texts are indicative of theories accepted in MASM.
- Licenses to teach [ʾijāzāt] are reliable indicators of which texts were considered authoritative in MASM.
Accept that the following method ought to be employed when reconstructing the theories accepted in MASM:
- Teaching License Method: A proposition can be said to be accepted in MASM if the evidence of the licenses to teach [ʾijāzāt] indicates so.
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- Fatigati, Michael. (2017) A Method for Reconstructing the Medieval Arabic Scientific Mosaic. Scientonomy 1, 19-28. Retrieved from https://www.scientojournal.com/index.php/scientonomy/article/view/27761.