Baghdad and Isfahan: A Dialogue of Two Cities in an Age of Science CA. 750 1750 (Library of Middle East History)

Baghdad and Isfahan: A Dialogue of Two Cities in an Age of Science CA. 750 1750 (Library of Middle East History)


English | 2021 | ISBN: 1780768338 | 296 pages | EPUB | 5.7 MB

Renowned as great centres of learning, the cities of Baghdad and Isfahan were at the heart of the Islamic ‘age of science’. Their distinct cultural voices inspired a unique historical dialogue, which finds new expression in Baghdad and Isfahan: A Dialogue of Two Cities in an Age of Science, the story of how knowledge was transmitted and transformed within Islamic lands, and then spread across the globe. Charting the history of Baghdad and Isfahan from 750 to 1750, Elaheh Kheirandish draws on the voices of court astronomers, mathematicians, scientists, mystics, jurists, statesmen and Arabic and Persian translators and scholars. Telling the story of the rise of Baghdad and the decline of Isfahan, as capital cities and as centres of intellectual thought, this unique book addresses Islamic culture’s extensive and lasting contribution to the history of science. Kheirandish bases her narrative on a unique medieval manuscript and other historical sources and the result is more than a thousand-year “tale of two cities”-it is a city by city, and century by century, look at what it took to change the world. In a feat of travelogue and time travel, Kheirandish creates parallel stories with modern and historical characters, crossing cities worldwide, and capturing changes through time.

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