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Rich Barlow | The Spiritual Life

Writing the book on Islam in America

Jocelyne Cesari led the effort to compile the encyclopedia. Jocelyne Cesari led the effort to compile the encyclopedia.
By Rich Barlow
November 3, 2007

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During the Middle Ages, Muslim scholars played a key role in the development of the encyclopedia, attempting to pool all knowledge in one accessible place. Among others, the Brethren of Purity, a group of scholars in what is modern Iraq, compiled an encyclopedia of Greek and Arabic learning in the 900s. (Full article: 744 words)

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