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The Genius of their Age - Ibn Sina, Biruni, and the Lost Enlightenment

The Genius of their Age - Ibn Sina, Biruni, and the Lost Enlightenment
Cover: Kötött
ISBN: 9780197675557
Language: english
Size: 166*245
Weight: 610 g
Page no.: 290
Publish year: 2024
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The Genius of their Age - Ibn Sina, Biruni, and the Lost Enlightenment

First in-depth synthetical biographical treatment of the contemporaries Biruni and Ibn Sina and their place in this history of ideas

Explores the roots and reveals the heights of Islamic intellectual achievement

Evokes a golden age of Islamic Enlightenment

A vibrant portrait of an age when Arabic enlightenment anticipated and inspired the European Renaissance, illuminated by its guiding figures and rivals, Ibn Sina and Biruni.

In The Genius of their Age, S. Frederick Starr follows up his acclaimed Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age with a portrait of the Arab enlightenment and its key figures—Abu-Ali al-Husayn ibn-'Abdallah Ibn-Sina and Abu al-Rayhan Muhammad ibn Ahmad al-Biruni. A thousand years ago, these two intellectual giants—known as Ibn Sina and Biruni for short—achieved stunning breakthroughs in fields as diverse as medicine, astronomy, mathematics, philosophy, geography, and physics. Biruni measured the earth more precisely than anyone else down to the sixteenth century, pondered a heliocentric universe, and hypothesized the existence of North and South America as inhabited continents. Ibn Sina's writing on philosophy and metaphysics enriched the writings of countless European thinkers, including St. Thomas Aquinas, while Sina's grand synthesis of medical knowledge became the standard for the next six hundred years in Europe, the Middle East, and India. They both also commented extensively on the works of ancient Greeks and earlier Muslim thinkers, whose works they aspired to synthesize—and to transcend.

Contemporaries, Ibn Sina and Biruni were born within the borders of what is now Uzbekistan and spent their lives in Central Asia. They also became rivals, launching a correspondence and commentary that galvanized them despite sometimes bitter disagreement. Centuries before the West caught up with them, Ibn Sina and Biruni reflected their age's feats and its intellectual high point, persisting with their inquiries and their independence amid turmoil and rapid change.

Though scholars have long dissected the works of Ibn Sina and Biruni, S. Frederick Starr focuses also on their lives and the times in which they lived. By contextualizing their work and by making the age palpable to the reader, S. Frederick Starr gives the achievements of Ibn Sina and Biruni a holistic and unforgettably human dimension.

Table of Contents

1:Together and Apart
2:Privileged Prodigies
3:Promise and Disruption
4:Caught in the Whirlwind
5:Arguing Aristotle
6:Inventing a World History
7:From Peace to Chaos
8:Nemesis: Mahmud of Ghazni
9:Ibn Sina, Encyclopedist
10:Expanding the Known World
11:Ibn Sina's Adventures
12:Biruni's Masterpiece
13:The Canon of Medicine
14:Biruni's Canon for Masud
15:The Cure
16:Biruni's Encore
17:Ibn Sina's Encore
18:Biruni and Ibn Sina through the Ages
19:Biruni and Ibn Sina, a Millennium On

S. Frederick Starr is Chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute at the American Foreign Policy Council. Beginning his career in archaeology in Turkey, he went on to serve as founding chairman of the Kennan Institute for Advanced Russian Studies at The Wilson Center, vice-president of Tulane University, and president of Oberlin College and the Aspen Institute. His two dozen books and hundreds of other writings focus on the interaction of culture and politics and cover fields as diverse as architecture, diplomacy, history, political science, and music. His pioneering Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia's Golden Age sparked worldwide interest in the achievements of Central Asian civilization during its greatest era

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