Date of Award

Spring 2016


Capstone - Open Access



First Advisor

Joseph Kelley


Great discoveries, inventions and innovations in the sciences as well as other branches of knowledge were developed during the Islamic Golden Age (7th-13th century). During this period in time, scientists such as Al Kindi and Avicenna (Ibn-Sina) served as bridges between the Ancient Greeks and the Western World, transferring and nurturing these branches of knowledge, most notably the field of medicine. These scientists were able to attain much knowledge about medicine through the support of the religion of Islam, the Caliphates of this region, and the language, as they all helped to support this one cause. These innovators were able to build on each other’s discoveries to create a strong foundation for the field of medicine, one that would be regarded as a strong resource for Western civilizations for hundreds of years to come. The discoveries such as the pathway of the Pulmonary Circulatory System, the development of hundreds of surgical tools, and the documentation of their findings in hundreds of treatises served as this strong foundation. Additionally, the pursuit of knowledge for the sake of benefiting others served as a model for Muslims to come. Despite all of this, this time period is often forgotten.