House of Wisdom How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization
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Description: "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.
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Copyright year: 2010
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA
Publication date: 4/4/2010
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
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