Lost History

Lost History

The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers, and Artists

Book - 2007
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In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding, we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world. Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing modern society, Lost History fills an important void. Written by an award-winning author and former diplomat with extensive experience in the Muslim world, it provides new insight not only into Islam's historic achievements but also the ancient resentments that fuel today's bitter conflicts.

Michael Hamilton Morgan reveals how early Muslim advancements in science and culture lay the cornerstones of the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern Western society. As he chronicles the Golden Ages of Islam, beginning in 570 a.d. with the birth of Muhammad, and resonating today, he introduces scholars like Ibn Al-Haytham, Ibn Sina, Al-Tusi, Al-Khwarizmi, and Omar Khayyam, towering figures who revolutionized the mathematics, astronomy, and medicine of their time and paved the way for Newton, Copernicus, and many others. And he reminds us that inspired leaders from Muhammad to Suleiman the Magnificent and beyond championed religious tolerance, encouraged intellectual inquiry, and sponsored artistic, architectural, and literary works that still dazzle us with their brilliance. Lost History finally affords pioneering leaders with the proper credit and respect they so richly deserve.

Baker & Taylor
Provides a compelling study of the little known contributions of Islam's cultural, artistic, and scientific accomplishments to Western civilization, looking not only at the the historic achievements of the Muslim world and the role of inspired leaders who encouraged intellectual inquiry, championed tolerance, and sponsored artistic and literary endeavors, but also at the ancient envy that fuels today's conflicts.

Book News
Writing for a general audience, the author gives an anecdotal, and often dramatized, history of scientific, philosophic, and artistic accomplishments of Islamic civilization and their influence on Western civilization. Rather than focus solely on the "Arab Golden Age" that also includes Persia and Spain for the years 632 to 1258, the text focuses on many "golden ages" of Islamic civilization, including Central Asia, Ottoman Turkey, and Mughal India, up to the 18th century. The purpose of the work is to provide a general introduction and therefore while the author is aware of some of the more esoteric historical debates concerning Islamic intellectual history he does not endeavor to address them in any sustained fashion. Annotation ©2007 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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Provides a study of the contributions of Islam's cultural, artistic, and scientific accomplishments to Western civilization, looking at the historic achievements of the Muslim world, the role of inspired leaders, and the ancient envy that fuels modern conflicts.
Author Morgan reveals how early Muslim advancements in science and culture lay the cornerstones of the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern Western society. As he chronicles the Golden Ages of Islam, beginning in 570 a.d. with the birth of Muhammad, and resonating today, he introduces scholars like Ibn Al-Haytham, Ibn Sina, Al-Tusi, Al-Khwarizmi, and Omar Khayyam--empirical thinkers who revolutionized the mathematics, astronomy, and medicine of their time and paved the way for Newton, Copernicus, and many others. And he reminds us that inspired leaders from Muhammad to Suleiman the Magnificent championed religious tolerance, encouraged intellectual inquiry, and sponsored brilliant artistic, architectural, and literary works. For anyone seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing modern society, this book provides new insight not only into Islam's historic achievements but also the ancient resentments that fuel today's bitter conflicts.--From publisher description.
Author Morgan reveals how early Muslim advancements in science and culture lay the cornerstones of the European Renaissance, the Enlightenment, and modern Western society. As he chronicles the Golden Ages of Islam, beginning in 570 a.d. with the birth of Muhammad, and resonating today, he introduces scholars like Ibn Al-Haytham, Ibn Sina, Al-Tusi, Al-Khwarizmi, and Omar Khayyam--empirical thinkers who revolutionized the mathematics, astronomy, and medicine of their time and paved the way for Newton, Copernicus, and many others. And he reminds us that inspired leaders from Muhammad to Suleiman the Magnificent championed religious tolerance, encouraged intellectual inquiry, and sponsored brilliant artistic, architectural, and literary works. For anyone seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing modern society, this book provides new insight not only into Islam's historic achievements but also the ancient resentments that fuel today's bitter conflicts.--From publisher description.Provides a study of the contributions of Islam's cultural, artistic, and scientific accomplishments to Western civilization, looking at the historic achievements of the Muslim world, the role of inspired leaders, and the ancient envy that fuels modern conflicts.

Publisher: Washington, D.C. : National Geographic, c2007
ISBN: 9781426200922
Characteristics: xviii, 301 p. : ill., maps ; 24 cm
Alternative Title: Lost history

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