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Robert Gordon Morrison
Whitman College (Walla Walla, WA 99362-2083)

Summer Stipends
Research Programs

$5,000 (approved)
$5,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2004 – 8/31/2004

Religion and Science in Medieval Iran

I am working on a book-length intellectual biography of the Persian scientist, Qur’an commentator, and mystic Nizam al-Din al-Nisaburi (d. c. 1330 C. E.). Nisaburi is a fascinating subject for an intellectual biography because of his situation at the apex of important movements in both medieval scientific and Islamic thought. While Nisaburi was a respected religious scholar informed by Islamic theology, he likely wrote as one more committed to scientific investigation than religious scholars who lacked his lengthy and specialized training in science.