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The House of Wisdom How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization review á 103 ã [PDF / Epub] ☃ The House of Wisdom How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization Author Jonathan Lyons – The remarkable story of how medieval Arab scholars made dazzling advances in science The remarkable story of Wisdom Epub #219 of how medieval Arab scholars made dazzling advances in science and philosophy and of the itinerant Europeans who brought this knowledge back to the West 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 The House PDFEPUB or fortunate enough to catch even a glimpse of the scientific advances coming from Baghdad Ant. In this fascinating book Jonathan Lyons uncovers a mostly unknown period of our history During the Dark Ages and early medieval period western Europe sunk into a deep pit of ignorance and intellectual stagnation The scientific and philosophical achievements of the ancient world were forgtten Europeans could not even tell the time or know for certain when Easter would fall Europe was wrenched out of its ignorance Lyons argues by contact with the intellectually vibrant Islamic world starting with the Crusades Under the Caliphs of Bagdhad and later the Muslim rulers of Spain Arab scientists and philosophers rediscovered the great thinkers of ancient Greece and subjected them to a rigorous analysis They also learned from the vibrant traditions of Hindu India While Europe huddled in intolerant misery these Islamic rulers were open to all ideas tolerated religious minorities and produced amazing advances in math medicine astronomy and other sciences Lyons introduces us to Adelard of Bath an Englishman who went to the Near East shortly after the First Crusade in search of the scientific secrets of the Arabs and came back laden with intellectual riches This book is clearly written and bears the marks of years of rigorous research My one uestion after completing it was what happened to sap the Islamic world of its vitality How did the spirit of uestioning and free inuiry disappear How did the Arab world cede primacy to the West What brought it to its current miserable state These are uestions outside of the scope of this book but I wish the author had provided at least a brief outline Full disclosure the author and I worked together at Reuters for several years

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Ioch or the cities of Persia Central Asia and Muslim Spain T here philosophers mathematicians and astronomers were steadily advancing the frontiers of knowledge and revitalizing the works of Plato and Aristotle I n the royal library of Baghdad known as the House of Wisdom House of Wisdom PDFEPUB #194 an army of scholars worked at the behest of the Abbasid caliphs At a time when the House of Wisdom How the PDFEPUBbest book collections in Europe held several dozen volumes the House of Wisdom boasted as many as four. I readlistened to this book at roughly the same time as God Is Not Great In the latter Christopher Hitchens ruminates about the disparaging influences of all religions including Islam The House of Wisdom does not posit to argue to the contrary as some reviewers would have us believe The book is about and perhaps sometimes incompletely the influence of Arab and Muslim not always the same people thought discovery and invention on the West prior to the Renaissance Such influences included advances in most fields of intellectual endeavor astronomy mathematics physics engineering navigation geography medicine architecture chemistry and finance to mention only some Possibly because of my Catholic education I don't remember so much about these Middle Eastern contributions and how some of an important historically lost people of that area transformed Western Civilization Maybe because they were never taught If like me you would like to learn here is that opportunityFor me this was not an easy readlisten Lyons was a former Reuters reporter in the Middle East for over 20 years I expected something accessible from a reporter Instead I found an intellectual paragon writing a scholarly work about people places times and events as alien to me as any subject could be How valid all of it is I do not know But it does seem well researched and Jonathan Lyons does not seem to be an author with an agenda other than that of enlightening his readers This book was for me a lot like Genghis Khan and the Making of the Modern World a book that I enjoyed even If this is a subject and time that interests you and particularly if you are a fan of history I don't think that you will be disappointed

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The House of Wisdom How the Arabs Transformed Western CivilizationHundred thousandEven while their countrymen waged bloody Crusades against Muslims a handful of intrepid Christian scholars thirsty for knowledge traveled to Arab lands and House of Wisdom How the PDFEPUBreturned with priceless jewels of science medicine and philosophy that laid the foundation for the Renaissance I n this brilliant evocative book Lyons shows just how much Western culture owes to the glories of medieval Arab civilization and reveals the untold story of how Europe drank from the well of Muslim learni. This was an excellent book well written and precise yet still accessible I highly recommend this to anyone interested in the history of science