How Arabic Science Gave Us the Renaissance

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Between the powerful days of the Roman Empire and the intellectually vibrant era of the Renaissance, there was a time that we often refer to as Early Middle Ages, or more pejoratively, as the Dark Ages. During these centuries, literature, written history, and cultural achievements were on the decline in the western world. But just a bit further east, in the Arab world, a golden age of enlightenment was taking hold.

In his new book, “The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance,” Jim Al-Khalili reveals the unrecognized scientific accomplishments of medieval Islam


Jim Al-Khalili

Produced by:

Kristen Meinzer

Comments [1]

Maggier from 02360

Thanks for producing this story. I am a middle school math teacher. As much as possible, I teach the history of mathematics to create a broader human context of this beautiful subject. The contributions of the House of Wisdom are essential to understanding our development of reason and understanding, along with our common human bonds.

Apr. 05 2011 06:32 PM

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