House of Wisdom How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

ISBN-10: 1608190587
ISBN-13: 9781608190584
Edition: 2010
Authors: Jonathan Lyons
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Book details

List price: $18.00
Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 4/4/2010
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 0.594
Language: English

"Dust will never gather on Jonathan Lyons' lively new book of medieval history...Lyons tells his multilayered story deftly, forsaking the tyranny of chronology to flesh out ideas and personalities."Los Angeles Times Book ReviewFor centuries following the fall of Rome, western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arabic culture thrived, dazzling the few Europeans who glimpsed the scientific advances coming from the capitals of the Islamic world. In Baghdad's royal library, known as the House of Wisdom, an army of scholars broke new ground in astronomy, mathematics, and philosophy, among other disciplines.Even as their countrymen waged bloody crusades against Muslims, a handful of Christian scholars traveled east and returned with priceless knowledge that laid the foundations of the Renaissance. In this brilliant, evocative work, Lyons reveals the untold story of how Europe drank from the well of Muslim learning.

Note to Readers
Significant Events
Leading Figures
Prologue: Al-Maghrib/Sunset
Al-Isha/Nightfall
The Warriors of God
The Earth Is Like a Wheel
Al-Fajr/Dawn
The House of Wisdom
Mapping the World
Al-Zuhr/Midday
The First Man of Science
"What Is Said of the Sphere …"
"The Wisest Philosophers of the World&rldquo;
Al-Asr/Afternoon
On the Eternity of the World
The Invention of the West
Acknowledgments
Notes
Selected Bibliography
Index

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