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The Legacy of Arab Science free pdf At school the majority of us were taught that between the Classical world of the Romans and the Greeks, and the European Renaissance, there was a time in which learning and knowhow of any kind simply stopped. This so-called era of the 'Dark Ages' was - we were told - a void, a time of scholastic tumbleweed. But in reality nothing could have been farther from the truth. In ninth century Baghdad, the son of Harun al-Rashid brought together all the books in the known world at a research centre called 'The House of Wisdom'. He had these works translated into Arabic, and studied by Muslims, Christians and Hindus and Jews. The combined knowledge of human history was dissected, re-evaluated, and improved upon. The result was a vast and astonishing contribution to the arts and sciences, made possible by a fraternity of polymathic geniuses. Their work was brought to an abrupt halt by the Mongol invasion of Baghdad, but not before it had sparked the European Renaissance. The mobile phones in our pockets and the computers on which we surf the internet, our low-tech maps and our high-tech GPS systems, all of them were made possible by the House of Wisdom. In his fascinating essay THE LEGACY OF ARAB SCIENCE, Tahir Shah discusses the often-forgotten contribution of the Arabs of the Abbasid Age, reflecting on how their breakthroughs helped shape the world in which we live. This essay is just over 6,700 words in length.

About Tahir Shah

Tahir Shah is the author of fifteen books, many of which chronicle a wide range of outlandish journeys through Africa, Asia and the Americas. For him, there's nothing so important as deciphering the hidden underbelly of the lands through which he travels. Shunning well-trodden tourist paths, he avoids celebrated landmarks, preferring instead to position himself on a busy street corner or in a dusty cafe and observe life go by. Insisting that we can all be explorers, he says there's wonderment to be found wherever we are - it's just a matter of seeing the world with fresh eyes. Tahir Shah's books have appeared in thirty languages and in more than seventy editions. They are celebrated for their original viewpoint, and for combining hardship with vivid description. He also makes documentary films, which are shown worldwide on National Geographical Television, and The History Channel. The latest, LOST TREASURE OF AFGHANISTAN, has been screened on British TV and shown worldwide. While researching the programme Shah was arrested along with his film crew and incarcerated in a Pakistani torture jail, where they spent sixteen terrifying days and nights. Tahir Shah lives at Dar Khalifa, a sprawling mansion set squarely in the middle of a Casablanca shantytown. He's married to the graphic designer, Rachana Shah, and has two children, Ariane and Timur. His father was the Sufi writer, Idries Shah.

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Author : Tahir Shah
Publisher : ebookpartnership.com
Data Published : 20 May 2013
ISBN : 1783011343
EAN : 9781783011346
Format Book : PDF, Epub, DOCx, TXT
Number of Pages : 31 pages
Age + : 15 years
Language : English
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