Past Event

Humanities West Book Discussion - The Caliph's Splendor: Islam and the West in the Golden Age of Baghdad by Benson Bobrick

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Wed, Apr 30 2014 - 5:30pm

Join us to discuss the achievements of Harun al-Rashid, the legendary caliph of The Thousand and One Nights, whose actual court was nearly as magnificent as the fictional one. When Harun came to power, the Islamic empire stretched from the Atlantic to India, and in Baghdad's House of Wisdom, great works from Greece and Rome were preserved and studied, and new ideas were developed in astronomy, geometry, algebra, medicine and chemistry that have enhanced civilization ever since. Lynn Harris will lead the discussion.