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Diversity and Accomplishment: Celebrating Assyrian Contributions to Baghdad's Golden Age

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Thu, Apr 24 2014 - 6:00pm

Nicholas Al-Jeloo, Ph.D. in Syriac Studies

From 762 until the Mongol conquest in 1258, Baghdad was the center of the Islamic, Christian and Jewish worlds, home to the Abbasid Caliphate, a major Christian patriarchate and the Jewish exilarchate. It is often forgotten that though Arab Muslims ruled, they were not originally in the majority. At Baghdad's House of Wisdom, Arabic translations of Greek, Mesopotamian, Persian and Indian medicine and philosophy were rare indeed. Most were translated directly into Syriac (a dialect of Aramaic), the language of ethnic Assyrians, whose religious leaders, scientists, physicians and philosophers made invaluable contributions which influenced Baghdad's intellectual institutions and shaped Islamic civilization itself.

MLF: Humanities
Location: SF Club Office
Time: 5:30 p.m. networking reception, 6 p.m. program
Cost: $20 non-members, $8 members, $7 students (with valid ID)
Program Organizer: George Hammond
Also know: In association with Humanities West and the Assyrian Foundation of America

 

Diversity and Accomplishment: Celebrating Assyrian Contributions to Baghdad's Golden Age

Thu, Apr 24 2014 - 6:00pm