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Jonathan Lyons served as an editor and foreign correspondent mostly in the Muslim world for Reuters for more than twenty years. He is now a researcher at the Global Terrorism Research Center and a Ph.D. candidate in the sociology of religion, both at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia."
Sophisticated and thoughtful... In "The" "House of Wisdom," [Lyons] shapes his narrative around the travels of the little-known but extraordinary Adelard of Bath, an English monk who traveled to the East in the early 12th century.... Mr. Lyons's narrative is vivid and elegant. "Wall Street Journal" With a storyteller's eye for the revealing detail and an artist's feel for the sweep of history, Jonathan Lyons has uncovered the debt that the Christian world--and Western civilization--owes to Muslim philosophy and science. "House of Wisdom" is a fascinating and picturesque page-turner. "Ian Bremmer, author of The J Curve" Lyons capably delineates the fascinating journey of this knowledge to the West, highlighting a few key figures, including Adelard of Bath, whose years spent in Antioch paid off grandly in bringing forth his translations of Euclid and al-Khwarizmi; and Michael Scot, science adviser and court astrologer to Frederick II, who translated Avicenna and Averroes. "Kirkus" "The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization "is a 320-page treasure trove of information for the uninitiated that packs a powerful punch of science, history, geography, politics and general knowledge at a time when so much disinformation about the Arab world is swirling around in various media. "Magda Abu-Fadil, Huffington Post" Jonathan Lyons tells the story of the House of Wisdom, the caliphs who supported it and the people who worked there, at a riveting, breakneck pace. "Times (UK)" Sophisticated and thoughtful In "The House of Wisdom," Jonathan Lyons shapes his narrative around the travels of the little-known but extraordinary Adelard of Bath, an English monk who traveled to the East in the early 12th century and learned Arabic well enough to translate mathematical treatises into English . Mr. Lyons's narrative is vivid and elegant. "Eric Ormsby, Wall Street Journal" Jonathan Lyons vividly conveys the excitement young European scholars travelling east must have felt as they glimpsed a dazzling new world of learning. "Jo Marchant, New Scientist (UK)" In unearthing this buried intellectual heritage, Jonathan Lyons gives us a new and important understanding of our historical and cultural relation to Islam and the Arab world this is a well crafted, powerful account which asks us to re-examine our assumptions about East and West, a task never so necessary as now. "Marc Lambert, Scotsman (UK)" This is a refreshing book, one that discovers, or rediscovers, common ground between Islam and Christendom, a historical survey that reminds us that civilizations can converse as well as clash. "Robert Cremins, Houston Chronicle""