House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

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by Jonathan Lyons
     
 

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ISBN-10: 1596914599

ISBN-13: 9781596914599

Pub. Date: 12/23/2008

Publisher: Bloomsbury USA

For centuries following the fall of Rome, medieval Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile, from Persia to Spain, Islamic culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to be aware of it. Muslim philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers were steadily advancing the

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For centuries following the fall of Rome, medieval Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile, from Persia to Spain, Islamic culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to be aware of it. Muslim philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers were steadily advancing the frontiers of knowledge, as well as exploring ancient Greek works lost or forgotten in the West.

Even while their peers waged bloody Crusades against Islam, a handful of restless Christian scholars traveled to the East to seek its wisdom. In 1109, Adelard of Bath journeyed from England to Asia Minor and returned with priceless knowledge that transformed European science. He was followed by others, such as Michael Scot, who learned Arabic in Toledo, and, it was said, became the model for Shakespeare's Prospero. The House of Wisdom tells the tale of these pilgrims, and of the knowledge they brought from Arabia to Europe—knowledge that laid the foundations for the Renaissance.

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ISBN-13:
9781596914599
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
12/23/2008
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.20(d)

Table of Contents

Note to Readers ix

Significant Events xi

Leading Figures xv

Prologue: Al-Maghrib/Sunset 1

Part I Al-Isha/Nightfall 7

1 The Warriors of God 9

2 The Earth Is Like a Wheel 28

Part II Al-Fajr/Dawn 53

3 The House of Wisdom 55

4 Mapping the World 78

Part III Al-Zuhr/Midday 101

5 The First Man of Science 103

6 "What Is Said of the Sphere …" 125

7 "The Wisest Philosophers of the World&rldquo; 142

Part IV Al-Asr/Afternoon 163

8 On the Eternity of the World 163

9 The Invention of the West 186

Acknowledgments 203

Notes 205

Selected Bibliography 229

Index 237

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