House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

by Jonathan Lyons

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ISBN-13: 9781608190584
Publisher: Bloomsbury USA
Publication date: 03/30/2010
Pages: 272
Sales rank: 384,584
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

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.

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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