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In Memory of Aydin Sayili

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In Memory of Aydin Sayili

Aydin Sayilli (1913-1993) was an eminent historian of science whose pioneering work during a 50-year career uncovered many hidden treasures in the history of mathematics, astronomy and medicine, especially in the Islamic tradition. In this special section, we celebrate his memory and publish the list of his articles published on our web portal.

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Figure 1: The young Aydin Sayili. Courtesy of Dr. Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir.

Aydin Sayilli (1913-1993) was an eminent historian of science, especially of Islamic science. His career was aided by chance when meeting with Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, whom he impressed enough to receive a state-supported scholarship to attend graduate school at Harvard, where he studied under George Sarton.

One of his biographers, Professor Ekmeledin Ihsanoglu, qualified him in the following words: "Aydin Sayili is one of the first eminent figures of the history of science in Islam to pursue an academic career in this discipline. He was fortunate to earn the first PhD from the history of science chair established by George Sarton in Harvard University. With this distinguished background, he made valuable contributions to this field throughout his life" (see Aydin Sayili (1913-1993) At Work: His Scientific Biography).

The doctoral dissertation of Aydin Sayili on scientific institutions in the Islamic civilization, completed in Harvard in 1942, was the first thorough essay on this important topic. Its chapter on the multi-faceted aspects of the observatory in the world of Islam is until now a unique example of deep investigation in which minute analysis of sources led to outstanding historiographical results.

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Figure 2: Aydin Sayili at the height of his academic career. Source: Archives internationales d'histoire des sciences (N°. 134, pp. 135-148) and Aydin Sayili (1913-1993).

The work of Sayili may be outlined briefly as follows:

"Aydin Sayili was born in Istanbul in 1913. His primary and secondary education took place in Ankara for the most part. After completing his secondary education, he took part in competitive state examinations and was sent by the Turkish Ministry of Education to the United States for his higher education. The program of his university education was planned and organized under the guidance of George Sarton, one of the foremost pioneers in the field of the history of science and one of the most central figures in securing for it the status of an independent academic discipline. Sayili's training at Harvard was broad in scope with his so-called "horizontal" specialization or concentration in the history of science being in the world of Islam and his "vertical" specialization in the history of physics. He obtained his Ph.D. degree in the history of science in 1942 from Harvard University which was apparently the first such degree to be given in that discipline anywhere" (In Memoriam of Aydin Sayili: Biography and Account of his Scientific Activity).

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Figure 3: Aydin Sayili and George Sarton. Courtesy of Dr. Hüseyin Gazi Topdemir.

During a long and fruitful career that span over 50 years, until he passed away in 1993, Aydin Sayili produced an impressive list of monographs exploring different areas of history of Islamic sciences and history of science at large. His work touched on the history of mathematics, astronomy, medicine, and he was interested in other different areas, one of which had attracted his attention throughout his life: setting the record for the Turkish contribution to history of science, since the time of Abdulhamid ibn Turk in the 9th century until the Ottoman period (see the list of his publications section 2 of In Memoriam of Aydin Sayili: Biography and Account of his Scientific Activity).

Figure 4a-b: Two views of Hayatta en Hakikî Mürsit Ilimdir (The Truest Guide in Life Is Science) by Aydin Sayili, first edition, 1948 (2nd edition Ankara, 1990)./td>

The list of articles by Aydin Sayili published on www.MuslimHeritage.com:

 

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The 12th International Congress of Ecology ( INTECOL 2017 Beijing)

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The 12th International Congress of Ecology ( INTECOL 2017 Beijing) organized by INTECOL will be held in Beijing, August 20-25, 2017. As the host of the congress, the Ecological Society of China warmly welcome you to join this meeting together with leaders in ecology from the globe, as well as scientists, educators, practitioners and policy-makers, who are dedicated to protecting and preserving our planet.
The theme of the congress is Ecology and Civilization in a Changing World, which will focus on harmonious and sustainable development among people, nature, and society in the context of global development. During the congress, the issues on the following fields will be thoroughly discussed, i.e., ecosystem service valuation and sustainable development, culture conservation and human well-being, global change, environmental change in urbanization, ecosystem restoration and management, biodiversity conservation and ecosystem health, ecological civilization, molecular ecology and ecological genomics.
We do hope you can join us for discussing the issues faced by human and finding solutions to them, as well as making new friends from the other regions.
We are looking forward to seeing you in Beijing in August 2017!

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Ecocentrism and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

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Ecocentrism and Traditional Ecological Knowledge

By J. Stan Rowe


Of what relevance to current industrial civilization are Indigenous Cultures (ICs), those islands of aboriginal society that still persist here and there in quiet backwaters not yet invaded by world trade and commerce? Does Traditional Ecological Knowledge (TEK) offer useful lessons for Westerners seeking harmonious and sustainable ways of living on Earth? Recent discussion of TEK on the Internet (Ecopolitics-l listserver) prompted the following essay.


Ecocentrism


Anthropologists and sociologists have long had an interest in the flexible ways diverse cultures adapt to the various physical and biological landscapes of Earth. One modern approach is the study of Historical Ecology, tracing patterns of change in cultures as they evolve. The presumption is that cultures are subject to historic selection, responding to what is outside them and within. External forces - varying according to geographic place- are local environmental conditions (soils, water, climate, biota), large-scale environmental change (especially climatic change), and local human actions (cooperation and/or competition with neighbouring societies). Internal forces, the focus of particular interest, are traditional activities and beliefs that determine "the practical engagement of people in the world." In other words, how a society adapts to its dynamic environment.

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Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES)

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IPBES | Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services

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Established in 2012, the Intergovernmental Platform on Biodiversity and Ecosystem Services (IPBES) is an international organization committed to strengthening the role of science in public decision-making on biodiversity and ecosystem services.

To achieve this, IPBES will:

  • respond to government requests for information on biodiversity and ecosystem services;
  • identify and prioritize key scientific information needed for policymakers;
  • perform regular and timely, scientifically credible, independent, and peer-reviewed assessments of knowledge on biodiversity and ecosystem services on a comprehensive global, regional, and sub-regional scale;
  • support policy formation and implementation by identifying relevant tools and methodologies;
  • identify and create key capacity-building tools to support the use of science in policy.

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Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world

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Linking biodiversity, material cycling and ecosystem services in a changing world

Biodiversity is the foundation for almost all ecosystem services. The known relationships, though, between biodiversity and material cycling may or may not inform the translation into ecosystem services. As the concept of the ecosystem service is of interest not only to scientists but also to policy makers and stakeholders, understanding the relationship between these three components is essential. The 102nd annual meeting will support sessions that focus on and explore, in general, how biodiversity is the foundation for many ecosystem services, how ecosystem functioning can translate into ecosystem services, and the role different dimensions of biodiversity play in developing such understanding.


–Christopher Swan, Program Chair
–Marion Dresner, Local Host Chair
 

Basic Principles of Deep Ecology

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Arne Næss and George Sessions

Basic Principles of Deep Ecology

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In April 1984, during the advent of Spring and John Muir’s birthday, George Sessions and Arne Næss summarized fifteen years of thinking on the principles of deep ecology while camping in Death Valley, California. In this great and special place, they articulated these principles in a literal, somewhat neutral way, hoping that they would be understood and accepted by persons coming from different philosophical and religious positions.

Readers are encouraged to elaborate their own versions of deep ecology, clarify key concepts and think through the consequences of acting from these principles.

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Global Sustainable Transport Conference

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Recognizing the fundamental role of sustainable transport in fighting climate change and achieving the sustainable future we want, Secretary-General Ban Ki-Moon will convene the first ever global conference on sustainable transport, on 26 and 27 November 2016 in Ashgabat, Turkmenistan. In resolution 70/197 titled “Towards comprehensive cooperation among all modes of transport for promoting sustainable multimodal transit corridors”, the General Assembly welcomed the initiative of the Secretary-General to convene the Conference.

The Conference will build on the intergovernmental discussions on sustainable transport. The outcome document of the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development (Rio+20), held in 2012, stresses that transportation and mobility are central to sustainable development. It recognizes the need to promote an integrated approach to policymaking at the national, regional and local levels for transport services and systems to advance sustainable development.

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10th European Organic Congress

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Transforming food and farming through organics


Future agri-food systems


Organic as a leading solution


Organic under new EU rules & policies

Almost a decade after the first Congress, IFOAM EU is celebrating its 10th European Organic Congress in the Netherlands this April 2016. The theme of this year’s Congress is transforming food and farming through organics. We want to look at how organic and agro-ecological approaches can really lead future agri-food systems and contribute to the development of EU policies that fundamentally address political, environmental and societal challenges.

The Congress aims to build on the outcomes of the IFOAM EU Vision 2030 process which culminated in the launch of “Transforming Food and Farming: An Organic Vision for Europe” in Latvia in 2015 and the strategies. Together with diverse food and farming stakeholders, we will develop practical strategies to develop organics in the long term and shape the EU market and policy developments so critical to transforming food and farming in the short to medium-term.

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8th European Organic Congress

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8th European Organic Congress

Implementing innovative ecological solutions for farmers and rural communities

Rural Development Programmes - European Innovation Partnership - Organic Regulation Review

Member states and regions will launch the Rural Development Programmes of the new EU Common Agricultural Policy in 2015. What will the impact on famers and rural communities throughout Europe be? How can the new programmes stimulate greater delivery of public goods and green job creation?

The European Innovation Partnership for Agriculture (EIP-AGRI) aims to bring rural development, farming and research together. It presents many opportunities and can be used to put eco-functional intensification at the heart of the EU productivity and sustainability objectives. How will this new policy instrument be implemented? How can organic and agroecological approaches contribute to its development?

The new rural development regulation offers the potential for greater recognition for organic farming, yet the sector faces the prospect of considerable regulatory changes in the coming years. How can the new organic regulation help make Europe more organic and drive innovation for sustainable food production?

Share your view and learn about experiences from all over Europe and beyond at the 8th European Organic Congress!

Register now for the 8th European Organic Congress (10 – 11 September - Bari, Italy)

Don’t miss to find about the excursion to Altamura (on 12 September – after the congress). It is free of charge for the Congress participants.

Congress Secretariat:
+32 2 280 68 44
congress[at]ifoam-eu.org

Bari, Italy
09/10/2014 to 09/11/2014
 

18th IFOAM ORGANIC WORLD CONGRESS

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The IFOAM Organic World Congress is organised every 3 years in a different country. The aim of the congress and surrounding activities (pre-conference, IFOAM General Assembly, side-events and organic exhibition) is to share experiences, innovations, knowledge about the organic world with a special attention on the organizing country. The Congress provides an extraordinary momentum and inspiration for all stakeholders from around the world that are proud to be part. It is THE leading event for the development of the organic sector worldwide.

The congress lasts 3 days and has 3 plenary and 8 breakout sessions with more than 250 presentations of impressive personalities providing latest insights. It gathers more than 2500 people from the organic sector worldwide (scientists, practitioners, trainers, farmers, processors, traders, etc.). During the congress an exhibition is held for scientists, institutions and companies to present their work. The General Assembly is organised for IFOAM members including a motion bazaar on a boat trip on the Bosporus. Over 600 organizations use their democratic rights and elect the World Board, decide the global organic positions and move member motions for 2 days. Pre-conferences and assemblies of organizations a day or two before enrich the program and provide space for specialists to deepen their debates. A Turkish pre-conference concentrates on the national organic development. Side-events such as social events, film screenings, excursions, visits of (organic) markets and touristic tours are planned on the margins of the congress.

CONGRESS DATES:
13-15 October 2014
CONGRESS LANGUAGE:
English

13-15 Ekim'de İstanbul'da yapılacak Dünya Organik Kongresi'nde stand başvuruları başladı.
Dünyanın en büyük organik etkinliği kapsamında açılacak Organik Sergi'de sınırlı sayıda stand yer alacak. Stand ücretlerine bir kişi için kongre katılımı da dahil.
Dünyanın en büyük etkinliğinde kendi standınızla yer almak için gerekli tüm bilgilere;
http://owc2014.org/?lang=tr&page=organic_exhibition sayfasından ulaşabilirsiniz.

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18th IFOAM Organic World Congress
Buğday Association Congress Coordinator
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Buğday Association for Supporting Ecological Living
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Unite the World of Water at ACE14!

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Unite the World of Water at ACE14!

Unite the World of Water at ACE14!

June 8 - 12, 2014 | Boston, Massachusetts

Download the ACE14 announcement brochure in Spanish, Chinese, or Japanese to learn about ACE14 and the many reasons you should attend. Explore every aspect of ACE14.

As an international guest, you will have access to many exceptional conference amenities, including the International Resource Center and lounge available for your use. A special reception will be held to honor you and your fellow international attendees.

AWWA’s leadership and International Council members will be available to meet and discuss international issues in a relaxed social atmosphere.

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