Very Good copy, cover and pages show some wear from reading and storage. Binding may have light creases. Lots of life left in these pages. Bookseller Inventory #
Synopsis: For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was backward and benighted, locked into the Dark Ages and barely able to tell the time of day. Augustine had decreed that belief, not reason, should be the guiding light of Christian thinking and partially as a result Europeans lived in a world of nominal literacy and subsistence farming, where blind faith, superstition and sorcery took the place of medicine, and the church harnessed nascent aggression among the kingdoms to its own ends in the pursuit of astonishingly violent and cruel holy wars - the Crusades. Arab culture, however, was thriving, and had become a powerhouse of intellectual exploration and discussion that dazzled the likes of Adelard of Bath who ventured to the Near East in search of the scientific riches pouring out of cities like Antioch or Baghdad, whose House of Wisdom held four hundred thousand books at a time when the best European libraries housed, at most, several dozen. The Arabs could measure the earth's circumference, a feat not matched in the West for eight hundred years; they discovered algebra; were adept at astronomy and navigation, developed the astrolabe, translated all the Greek scientific and philosophical texts including, importantly, those of Aristotle; they made paper lenses and mirrors. Without them, and the knowledge that travellers like Adelard brought back to the West, Europe would in all likelihood have been a very different place over the last millennium. In this fascinating and thoughtful book Jonathan Lyons restores credit to the Arab thinkers of the past, explores and reveals the extent of their learning and describes the intrepid adventures of those who went in search of it and who, in doing so, laid the foundations of what we now call the Renaissance.
About the Author: Author and journalist Jonathan Lyons has spent his professional and personal life exploring the shifting boundaries between East and West. After more than 20 years as an editor and foreign correspondent for Reuters, he is now a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Centre and a PhD candidate in sociology of religion at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. He lives in Washington DC. He has a BA with Honours in Russian and History from Wesleyan university and was a Fellow at Columbia University's Harriman Institute of Soviet Studies. He also studied at the Pushkin Institute of Russian language in Moscow.
Title: The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs ...
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
Book Condition: VERY GOOD
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC, 2009. Paperback. Condition: Very Good. New book with slight shop soiling and/or shelf damage, otherwise in excellent condition. Rapidly dispatched worldwide from our clean, automated UK warehouse within 1-2 working days. Seller Inventory # mon0000018589
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing Plc, London, 2009. Soft Cover. Condition: Good. Size: Trade Paperback. Seller Inventory # 058450
Book Description Bloomsbury, London, 2009. Paperback small octavo, very good condition, few colour illustrations, pages lightly toned, minor edgewear. 248 pp. A fascinating and thoughtful look at the Arab thinkers of the past. The author explores and reveals the extent of their learning and describes the intrepid adventures of those who went in search of it. They laid some of the foundations of what is now called the Renaissance in Europe. Seller Inventory # 28671
Book Description Bloomsbury London 2009, 2009. 23.0 x 15.0cms, 250pp, b/w illusts, very good paperback & cover This book documents the Arab's achievements during Europe's Dark Ages. They could measure the earth's circumference; do algebraic calculations; astronomy & navigation; develop the astrolobe etc. Seller Inventory # 149696
Book Description Bloomsbury Publishing PLC. Paperback. Condition: GOOD. Spine creases, wear to binding and pages from reading. May contain limited notes, underlining or highlighting that does affect the text. Possible ex library copy, thatâ€™ll have the markings and stickers associated from the library. Accessories such as CD, codes, toys, may not be included. Seller Inventory # 2842480400