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House Of Wisdom, The by Jonathan Lyons
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Nov 05, 2009

really liked it
Read in January, 2010

This is a remarkable book. It should be required reading in high schools because of its thorough development of the contributions of Arabic people to our contemporary lives.
I really enjoyed it...thought I know a bit but I learned a lot!
Read it if you have interests in the multicultural area.

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Jeff I suggest you add "The Legacy of Jihad" by Andrew Bostom and "God's Battalions" by Rodney Stark, to the required reading list to give a bit of needed balance. Both books are exhaustive in their research and are not weighed down by pc ignorance. One of the worst things that happened to stifle growth in the west, was the destruction of the trade routes because of Islamic jihad and imperialism. Your conclusion that Arabic people contributed to our contemporary lives is ill conceived. Most of what Islam now proclaims as their own, came from the Greeks, Egyptians, Persians, Hindus, and various other subjugated peoples. Almost nothing of value has come from the founding bedouins of Islam, the Arabs. Muslim rulers had, mostly Christian, scribes translate this knowledge into Arabic. What the Muslims did spare and preserve is a wonderful thing. But don't forget that they also destroyed entire libraries of knowledge in the wake of their 1400 years of jihad. And that is lost forever. As are countless millions of people.

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