The works of art featured in this unit were created with a practical purpose in mind. Together, they highlight achievements in three of the most developed scientific disciplines in the Islamic world: astronomy, astrology, and medicine.
Astronomical knowledge fulfilled a utilitarian function in the Muslim world by facilitating the proper ritual practice of Islam.
Surviving medical texts are a testament to the work of Muslim physicians and their desire to understand and heal the human body.
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