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The Resource The house of wisdom : how the Arabs transformed Western civilization, Jonathan Lyons

The house of wisdom : how the Arabs transformed Western civilization, Jonathan Lyons

Label
The house of wisdom : how the Arabs transformed Western civilization
Title
The house of wisdom
Title remainder
how the Arabs transformed Western civilization
Statement of responsibility
Jonathan Lyons
Creator
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
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 catch even a glimpse of the scientific advances coming from Baghdad, Antioch, 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, an army of scholars worked at the behest of the Abbasid caliphs. At a time when the best book collections in Europe held several dozen volumes, the House of Wisdom boasted as many as four hundred thousand. Even while their countrymen waged bloody Crusades against Muslims, a handful of intrepid Christian scholars, thirsty for knowledge, traveled to Arab lands and returned 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 learning
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lyons, Jonathan
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
CB251
LC item number
.L96 2009
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
  • legal articles
  • bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Civilization, Western
  • Learning and scholarship
  • East and West
  • Civilization
  • Arab World
  • Western World
  • Medicine, Arabic
  • Civilization, Western
  • East and West
  • Learning and scholarship
  • Arab countries
Label
The house of wisdom : how the Arabs transformed Western civilization, Jonathan Lyons
Instantiates
Publication
Note
Col. maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Warriors of God -- The Earth is like a wheel -- The house of wisdom -- Mapping the World -- The first man of science -- "What is said of the sphere ..." -- "The wisest philosophers of the World" -- On the eternity of the World -- The invention of the West
Control code
229029067
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xvii, 248 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9781596914599
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008026238
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn229029067
  • (OCoLC)229029067
Label
The house of wisdom : how the Arabs transformed Western civilization, Jonathan Lyons
Publication
Note
Col. maps on endpapers
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 229-235) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Warriors of God -- The Earth is like a wheel -- The house of wisdom -- Mapping the World -- The first man of science -- "What is said of the sphere ..." -- "The wisest philosophers of the World" -- On the eternity of the World -- The invention of the West
Control code
229029067
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
1st U.S. ed.
Extent
xvii, 248 pages, [8] pages of plates
Isbn
9781596914599
Isbn Type
(alk. paper)
Lccn
2008026238
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations (chiefly color), color maps
System control number
  • (OCoLC)ocn229029067
  • (OCoLC)229029067

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