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The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

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In this brilliant, evocative book Jonathan Lyons reveals the story of how Europe drank from the well of Muslim learning.
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About The Book

For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arab culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to visit cities like Baghdad or Antioch.
There, philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers were steadily advancing the frontiers of knowledge, as well as keeping alive the works of Plato and Aristotle. When the best libraries in Europe held several dozen books, Baghdad's great library, The House of Wisdom, housed four hundred thousand. Jonathan Lyons shows just how much "Western" ideas owe to the Golden Age of Arab civilization.

Even while their countrymen waged bloody Crusades against Muslims, a handful of intrepid Christian scholars, hungry for knowledge, traveled East and returned with priceless jewels of science, medicine, and philosophy that laid the foundation for the Renaissance. In this brilliant, evocative book Jonathan Lyons reveals the story of how Europe drank from the well of Muslim learning.

About The Author

Jonathan Lyons served as editor and foreign correspondent - mostly in the Muslim world - for Reuters for more than 20 years. He is now a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Center and a PhD candidate in sociology of religion, both at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia.

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EAN 13 / ISBN 9781608190584
Author Jonathan Lyons
Publisher Bloomsbury Press
Pages 272
Manufacturer Bloomsbury Press
Year Published 2010
Weight 0.5 lb
Width 5.6 in
Height 8.2 in
Depth 0.8 in

EAN 13 / ISBN 9781608190584
Author Jonathan Lyons
Publisher Bloomsbury Press
Pages 272
Manufacturer Bloomsbury Press
Year Published 2010
Weight 0.5 lb
Width 5.6 in
Height 8.2 in
Depth 0.8 in

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