About The Book
The translation of this work is clear, smooth, and well-controlled, revealing the translator’s deep understanding of the concepts and terminology, which he conveyed faithfully and accurately into Arabic. This translation is distinguished by being free of errors caused by misunderstanding the original text or falling into literal translation, which usually leads to weakness and ambiguity. The translator has excelled in creating a balance between faithfulness in highlighting the purposes and accurate connotations of the original text, and the keenness to adhere to the spirit, style, and aesthetic standards of Arabic. The importance of the book, however, lies in the scientific effort of the late George Makdisi to present a thoughtful academic study that chose a comparative approach aimed at reading the origins of humanism in the classical Islamic civilisation, its literature, its culture, and the circumstances surrounding its emergence in the Western Christian world.