Toby Huff

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Toby E. Huff (born April 24, 1942) is an American academic and emeritus professor at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. [1] He was born in Portland, Maine. [2] He was trained as a sociologist but has research interests in the history, philosophy and sociology of science. He has published Weber-inspired studies of the Arab and Muslim world, as well as China, including field work in Malaysia. [3] He is best known for his book The Rise of Early Modern Science: Islam, China and the West , which has been translated into multiple languages.


Career and contributions

Huff earned a B.A. from Northeastern University and a Master's from Northwestern University. He completed a Ph.D. from The New School For Social Research in 1971, where he was mentored by Benjamin Nelson. [4] He completed a post-doctoral fellow at the University of California, Berkeley working with Robert Bellah, and was a member of the Institute for Advanced Study in Princeton, New Jersey from 1978–79.

Huff has been a visiting scholar at the National University of Singapore, the University of Malaya, and the Max Weber College in Erfurt, Germany. He taught sociology for thirty-four years at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth before becoming chancellor professor emeritus in 2005. Since then he has been a research associate in the Department of Astronomy at Harvard University. [2]


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  1. "Scientific Revolution in Comparative Perspective: Europe, Islam and China | K-12 Resources | The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization | TTU". Retrieved 2023-07-09.
  2. 1 2 "Toby Huff's curriculum vitae" (PDF). Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-01-06. Retrieved 2010-10-21.
  3. The Writer’s Directory, 2010; Who’s Who in American Education, 2007-2008
  4. On the Roads to Modernity: Conscience, Science and Civilizations, Selected Writings by Benjamin Nelson, edited by Toby E. Huff, Totowa, New Jersey: Rowman and Littlefield, 1981.

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