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Lost enlightenment : Central Asia's golden age from the Arab conquest to Tamerlane

Author: S Frederick Starr
Publisher: Princeton : Princeton University Press, [2013]
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In this sweeping and richly illustrated history, S. Frederick Starr tells the fascinating but largely unknown story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds--remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world. Because nearly all of these figures wrote in Arabic, they were long assumed to have been Arabs. In fact, they were from  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: S Frederick Starr
ISBN: 9780691157733 0691157731 1400848806 9781400848805
OCLC Number: 840582136
Description: xxxvii, 634 pages, 16 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (some color), maps ; 25 cm
Contents: The center of the world --
Worldly urbanists, ancient land --
A cauldron of skills, ideas, and faiths --
How Arabs conquered Central Asia and Central Asia then set the stage to conquer Baghdad --
East wind over Baghdad --
Wandering scholars --
Khurasan : Central Asia's rising star --
A flowering of Central Asia : the Samanid dynasty --
A moment in the desert : Gurganj under the Mamuns --
Turks take the stage : Mahmud of Kashgar and Yusuf of Balasagun --
Culture under a Turkic marauder : Mahmud's Ghazni --
Tremors under the dome of Seljuk rule --
The Mongol century --
Tamerlane and his successors --
Retrospective : the sand and the oyster.
Responsibility: S. Frederick Starr.

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Tells the story of Central Asia's medieval enlightenment through the eventful lives and astonishing accomplishments of its greatest minds - remarkable figures who built a bridge to the modern world.  Read more...

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Honorable Mention for the 2013 PROSE Award in European and World History, Association of American Publishers "Lost Enlightenment is a remarkable and accessible scholarly tour de force."--David Read more...

 
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