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The European Renaissance had drawn inspiration and impetus from Europe's discovery of the achievements of the Islamic world during the Middle Ages. That is well documented, of course, but the story of what began in England in the 17th and early 18th centuries has until now remained largely hidden.
Britain's Royal Society, whose founders played a leading role in these developments, has set out to rectify that oversight with an exhibition called Arabick Roots. Opened at its London headquarters in early June, it will run until November, then transfer to Doha. It may go on global tour after that.
The organizers chose the 17th century spelling Arabick because the term at that time was understood to embrace not only Arabic but other Oriental languages such as Persian, Syriac and Ottoman. And the exhibition includes documents in these and other languages.

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