George Saliba

Professor of Arabic and Islamic Science, Columbia University

A native of Lebanon, Professor Saliba graduated with a B.S. in Mathematics at American University Beirut. He earned a Master’s in Math at the same institution, then went on to earn a Master’s in Near Eastern Studies/Semitic Languages at the University of California Berkeley. He received his Ph.D. in Near Eastern Studies/Islamic Sciences from Berkeley as well. Professor Saliba is the recipient of many awards, fellowships and honors; the most recent is being the Chair Institut du Monde Arabe in Paris. Prior to this appointment, he was Visiting Professor, Sheikh Zayid Chair, at American University of Beirut and Visiting Fellow on the Dibner Institute for the History of Science at MIT. He has been a Fulbright Scholar (Islamic Science) as well as a Visiting Fellow, History of Science, at Princeton University. Professor Saliba has been interviewed several times, including for the PBS documentary “Empire of Faith” and for the BBC documentary “Islamic History of Europe.” His list of publications includes 9 books that he authored or co-authored and 59 articles. He is highly regarded as one of the key players today who has the ability not only to contribute significantly to the body of literature read by professional scholars of Islam, but also make the complex thought world of Islam accessible to many people who are eager to understand this noble tradition.

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