Orientalists' attitude towards the ancient Arab criticism of the Greek heritage


  • Mohammed A. Shehab University of Samaraa




The Orientalists discussed the cause of the relationship between the two cultures remarkably during their studies, and most went to the existence of a relationship or link between the two cultures, but the limits of this link has become clear to some orientalists, on the one hand to distinguish between what is literary and critical and what Is philosophical or logical. The most Orientalists went to a historical link between the Arab and Greek cultures of the general public and the Arab criticism, and the Greek criticism in all the cultures and knowledge that were at the time, such as philosophy, logic, medicine and literature. The research reached a number of results, including: Consideration of Arabic criticism period and the entry of the translated Greek material. For example, when his enlightenment melted, he used to live in Basra, when the foreign cultures began to flourish in Baghdad. The need to take into account the scientific material that raises the impact and vulnerability and if is it literary, scientific, or philosophical? Confirmation of an important question is the impact of Greek criticism in the formation of Arab monetary theory or contributed in an acceptable manner in the industry or was reference to the same as any other heritage reference? The translation of Aristotle's books was not clear to the Arabs, which made them unresponsive to these books, except for Qudama, who was introduced to them by means of the Syriac help. In the conclusion, the importance of all civilizations is a human response to the service of human issues, including the self-excuses (poetry).

Author Biography

Mohammed A. Shehab, University of Samaraa

Department of Arabic Language / Faculty of Education / University of Samarra



How to Cite

Shehab, M. A. (2013). Orientalists’ attitude towards the ancient Arab criticism of the Greek heritage. Humanities Journal of University of Zakho, 1(2), 211–224. https://doi.org/10.26436/hjuoz.2013.1.2.103



Humanities Journal of University of Zakho