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“Greek Into Arabic”

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The study of the Greek-Arabic translation movement is a scholarly field at the crossroads of a number of related subjects. Especially during the first hundred years of Greek-Arabic studies the majority of the pioneering scholars involved in the field came from a philological background associated with the Classics and Divinity. One consequence of the ?philological outlook? is the centrality accorded to the textual transmission of Greek thought. The study of the translation movement, its exponents and its products is intimately linked with a vexing linguistic issue, that of the ?equivalence? or, as it has sometimes been framed, the ?quality? of translations. Translating Aristotle?s Rhetoric into Arabic was part of a wider process of cultural exchange that led to the adaptation and transformation of large parts of Greek learning to fit the unique religious, intellectual, political and social circumstances of Islamic culture.

Keywords: Arabic; Aristotle?s Rhetoric; cultural exchange; Greek; philological outlook; textual transmission; translation movement



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