Visiting Fulbright specialist to teach Islamic science history

Irfan HabibNext spring, SUNY Oswego will host one of the visiting scholars in an international pilot program to deepen American understanding of the Muslim world.

“We have a Muslim scholar coming in the spring to teach a course on the history of Islamic science,” said Dr. Geraldine Forbes, distinguished teaching professor of history.

Dr. Irfan Habib of India’s National Institute of Science, Technology and Development Studies in New Delhi will also deliver lectures and speak in classes at Oswego—as well as at Onondaga Community College, Le Moyne College and Syracuse University—and give talks to community groups, she said.

Habib will be in Oswego for about six weeks beginning in mid-March under the Fulbright Visiting Specialists Program “Direct Access to the Muslim World.” This pilot program awards short-term grants to scholars from the Middle East, South Asia and selected countries elsewhere to help U.S. higher education institutions and communities enrich their understanding of Islamic civilization and developments in the Muslim world, according to the Council for the International Exchange of Scholars, which administers the program.

A scholar of the history of science, Habib holds a doctorate in modern Indian history. He is the co-author with Dhruv Raina of the recent book “Domesticating Modern Science” and co-editor with Raina of the essay collection “Situating the History of Science.”

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(Posted: Nov 30, 2005)