Scott Trigg received his Ph.D. in History & History of Science from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in July. He is an historian of science and religion in the premodern Islamic world and his dissertation was titled "From Samarqand to Istanbul: Astronomy and Scientific Education in the Commentaries of Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī."
His interests include the history of astronomy and its interactions with other disciplines (natural philosophy, theology, optics), education in Islamic societies, translation and cross-cultural transmission of knowledge, the Global Middle Ages, and narratives of medievalism and modernity. His most recent article “Optics and Geography in the Astronomical Commentaries of Fatḥallāh al-Shirwānī” appeared in A.C.S. Peacock and Sara Nur Yıldız’s (eds.) Literature and Intellectual Life in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-century Anatolia (2016).
This semester he is teaching a new class titled “Celestial Influence,” an “interdisciplinary seminar that examines the astrological worldviews that made celestial influence the leading cause of natural events in the sublunary realm, and their various manifestations in Mesopotamian, Greek and Chinese antiquity to the Islamic and Christian societies of early modern Eurasia.”