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Baghdad and Isfahan: A Dialogue of Two Cities in an Age of Science Ca. 750-1750 (Paperback)

Baghdad and Isfahan: A Dialogue of Two Cities in an Age of Science Ca. 750-1750 By Elaheh Kheirandish Cover Image
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Renowned as great centres of learning, the cities of Baghdad and Isfahan were at
the heart of the Islamic civilization as rich capital cities and centres of intellectual
thought. Their distinct cultural voices inspired a unique historical dialogue, which
finds new expression in Baghdad and Isfahan, the story of how knowledge was
transmitted and transformed within Islamic lands, and then spread across Europe.
Capturing the history of Baghdad and Isfahan from 750 to 1750, Elaheh Kheirandish
draws on the voices of court astronomers, mathematicians, scientists, mystics,
jurists, statesmen and Arabic and Persian translators and scholars to document the
extensive and lasting contribution of sciences from Islamic lands to the history of
science. Kheirandish bases her narrative on a unique medieval manuscript and other
historical sources and the result is more than a thousand-year 'tale of two cities' - it
is a city by city, and century by century, look at what it took to change the world.
In a feat of travelogue and time travel, this unique book creates parallel stories
with modern and historical characters, crossing cities worldwide, and capturing
changes through time. Interweaving multiple narratives, histories, and futures, she
charts the possible paths - formalized and serendipitous, lost and recovered - by
which knowledge itself is translated and transmitted across time and cultures.

About the Author

Elaheh Kheirandish is a lecturer and researcher at Harvard University, Cambridge, Massachusetts. She holds a PhD in the History of Science from Harvard University, as well as graduate degrees in Mathematics and Science Education from the University of Rhode Island. Her undergraduate degrees are in Applied Mathematics and Chemistry. She has taught courses at several departments at Harvard University, curated exhibits at Harvard and Brown Universities, produced documentary films and digital projects, and lectured internationally. Her most recent affiliation is with the Department of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard University, and the Agha Khan Program for Islamic Architecture.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780755635108
ISBN-10: 0755635108
Publisher: I. B. Tauris & Company
Publication Date: December 28th, 2023
Pages: 296
Language: English

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