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The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization [Hardcover]

Jonathan Lyons
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'Lyons gives us a new and important understanding of our historical and cultural relation to Islam and the Arab world ... this is a well-crafted, powerful account which akss us to re-examine our assumptions about East and West, a task never so neccessary as now' -- The Scotsman

'Lyons vividly conveys the excitement young European Scholars travelling east must have felt as they glimpsed a dazzling new world of learning'
-- New Scientist

'The House Of Wisdom lays out for us the fascinating decades before the forgetting began' -- Evening Standard

`Jonathan Lyons tells the story of the House of Wisdom, the caliphs who supported it and the people who worked there, at a riveting, breakneck pace' -- Ziauddin Sardar, The Times

`Lyons tells many of these stories well; this is a work of popular history, not of original research, but he has read widely in the English-language literature, and has a good journalist's eye for detail.' -- Noel Malcolm, Sunday Telegraph

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`Jonathan Lyons tells the story of the House of Wisdom, the caliphs who supported it and the people who worked there, at a riveting, breakneck pace'

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`Lyons tells many of these stories well; this is a work of popular history, not of original research, but he has read widely in the English-language literature, and has a good journalist's eye for detail.'

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'Lyons gives us a new and important understanding of our historical and cultural relation to Islam and the Arab world ... this is a well-crafted, powerful account which akss us to re-examine our assumptions about East and West, a task never so neccessary as now'

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'Lyons vividly conveys the excitement young European Scholars travelling east must have felt as they glimpsed a dazzling new world of learning'

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.
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