Inauguration of Aga Khan University (AKU) 0n Nov 11

The Aga Khan University Hospital was inaugurated on November 11, 1985. In his address at this ceremony, Mawlana Hazar Imam said:

“The Aga Khan University is to be an Islamic institution. It will draw upon the great historical tradition of Muslim learning, the heritage of such scholars and scientists as al-Razi, al-Biruni, Ibn Sina and Ibn Rushd.”

Al Razi (865-925) developed a reputation as one of the greatest clinicians of the Middle Ages. Many of his medical works, translated into Latin, exercised a remarkable influence on the Latin West for many centuries. Al-Biruni (973-1050) was considered the most original and profound scholar Islam produced in the field of natural science. His works discussed the then debatable theory of the earth’s rotation on its axis and made accurate determination of longitudes and latitudes. Ibn-Sina (980-1037), known in the West as Avicenna, wrote over 200 books on philosophy, medicine, geometry, astronomy, theology, and art. His Canon of Medicine was translated into Latin in the twelfth century and became a textbook for medical schools in Europe until the end of the nineteenth century. Ibn Rushd (1126-1204), an astronomer and physician known as Averroes in the West, was the greatest Muslim philosopher judged by his influence especially over the West. The intellectual movement initiated by Ibn Rushd continued to be a living factor in European thought until the birth of modern experimental science.

Ref: Philip K. Hitti, History of Arabs (New York: Palgrave MacMillan, 1970)

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