Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists

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In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, it is important to remember that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Lost History fills a significant void and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major the early Muslims played in influencing modern society.

Morgan reveals how early Muslim advancements in science and culture laid the cornerstones of the European ...

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Overview

In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, it is important to remember that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Lost History fills a significant void and is essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major the early Muslims played in influencing modern society.

Morgan reveals how early Muslim advancements in science and culture laid the cornerstones of the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern Western society. As he chronicles the Golden Ages of Islam, beginning in A.D. 570 with the birth of Muhammad, and resonating today, he introduces scholars like Ibn Al-Haytham, Ibn Sina, Al-Tusi, Al-Khwarizmi, and Omar Khayyam, towering figures who revolutionized the mathematics, astronomy, and medicine of their time and paved the way for Newton, Copernicus, and many others. And he reminds us that inspired leaders from Muhammad to Suleiman the Magnificent and beyond championed religious tolerance, encouraged intellectual inquiry, and sponsored artistic, architectural, and literary works that still dazzle us with their brilliance. Lost History finally affords pioneering leaders with the proper credit and respect they so richly deserve.

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"Mathematics, astronomy and medicine; those are three of the many disciplines that would not exist in their present form without the contributions of Muslim scholars and thinkers throughout the centuries. We in the West don’t often remember that."—Aaron Schachter, Anchor, BBC "The World"
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781426202803
  • Publisher: National Geographic Society
  • Publication date: 6/17/2008
  • Edition description: Reprint
  • Pages: 320
  • Sales rank: 946,688
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 10.88 (h) x 0.86 (d)

Meet the Author

Michael Hamilton Morgan is the author of The Twilight War, and co-author with undersea explorer Robert Ballard of Collision with History: The Search for John F. Kennedy’s PT-109, and Graveyards of the Pacific. A former diplomat, he created and now heads New Foundations for Peace, which promotes cross-cultural understanding and leadership among youth. He has appeared on ABC and CBS and as a Washington journalist covered foreign policy issues. From 1990 – 2000 he directed and advised the International Pegasus Prize for Literature.

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Table of Contents


Time Line     VI
Foreword     XI
Introduction     XIII
Rome's Children     1
Lost Cities of Genius     43
God in the Numeral     81
Star Patterns     117
Inventors and Scientists     151
Healers and Hospitals     179
Vision, Voice, Citadel     219
Enlightened Leadership     251
Epilogue     289
Acknowledgments     292
Bibliography     293
Glossary     295
Index     297
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  • Anonymous

    Posted July 29, 2008

    Understanding is the first step to reaching peace

    This is an excellent book, it is a fair representation of a forgotten gap in the world history, it is a step in redressesing the wrongs done to muslims as a comunity in writing and teaching history. The reasons for ignoring that brilliant contributions by muslims to the world should no longer be acceptable

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  • Anonymous

    Posted March 17, 2008

    beautifully written.

    This book is for good people who believe that building bridges of understanding between the nations is the only way for enjoying their own peace. They don't look for reasons to hate, but for ways to love. The real writting talent is in reflecting the beauty of the others, not in cursing them.

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