Lost Enlightenment : Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane
by S. Frederick Starr
Editor: Princeton University Press
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In this vast and richly illustrated history, SFrederick Starr tells the fascinating but little-known story of the history of medieval Central Asia’s enlightenment by the eventful life and amazing achievements of his greatest spirits–remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern worldBecause almost all these numbers written in Arabic, they have long been considered Arabs.In fact, they had come from Central Asia, drawn from Persianate and other Turkish-speaking peoples in a region that now stretches from Kazakhstan southward through Afghanistan, and from the eastern province of Iran through Xinjiang, China.Perdu Lumières tells how, between the 800’s and 1200’s, Central Asia leads the world in trade and economic development, the size and sophistication of its cities, the refinement of its arts, and, above all, in the advancement of knowledge in many fields.The Central Asian countries reached signal of discoveries in astronomy, mathematics, geology, medicine, chemistry, music, social sciences, philosophy and theology, among other topics.They gave algebra of its name, calculated the diameter of the earth with unprecedented precision, wrote the books that further defined European medicine, and wrote some of the world’s greatest poetry.A scientist, working in Afghanistan, even predicts the existence of the North and South America-five centuries before Christopher Columbus.Rarely in the history more impressive group of polygraphs appeared in one place and time in more impressive group of polygraphs appeared in one place and timeNo wonder that their writings influenced European culture from the time of St. Thomas Aquinas to the scientific revolution, and even had a profound impact in India and much of Asia.Lost Chronic lights of this forgotten age of achievement, seeks to explain its ascension, and explores the various theories on the cause of its possible disappearance.Informed by the last scholarship still written, in an animated and accessible style, it is a book that will surprise the readers in general and specialists.
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