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Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?
At first, I hesitated to select this title. Maybe like you, the current situation in many Islamic countries shaded my expectations of what could have been achieved a millenia ago. Now I know. It was enormous.
What was one of the most memorable moments of The History and Achievements of the Islamic Golden Age?
The scope is ambitious but it manages to sparkle as well. I loved the many, small portraits of the thinkers. E.g. a wily scientist who feigned insanity to escape execution by his sponsor. Or a poet who extolled the delights of getting drunk – in an Islamic country. Human genius, human nature.
What does Professor Eamonn Gearon bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?
I love the spoken word. To listen to a story told by a gifted storyteller is pure magic.
Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?
I deeply respect the work and dedication that went into it. This is a work that acknowledges the contribution of minds that have borne us further. But the author has labored in an area which has been deprived of both attention and public sympathy. This is true dedication and scholarship.
Any additional comments?
This book deserves a broad readership.
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
Professor Gearon is eloquent, entertaining, passionate and I dare say a polymath himself. He inspires love for the subject. What a pleasure to have such gifted professors!
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
I really enjoyed this history audiobook. I leave learnt a great deal about the contribution of scholar's from the Islamic Golden Age contributing to advancements that we take for granted in current age.
Professor Gearon is very engaging and clearly enthusiastic about the Islamic golden age. The subject itself is interesting and I learned a great deal. It is a pity that the facts of this topic are not more well known. Amy history of the west seems to jump from Roman history to the Renaissance ignoring the important contributions of Islamic art, science and culture - which this course goes some way to rectifying. I highly recommend this to anyone with an interest in history.
This is a good book and worth the money. My only complaint is that the narrator waffles around a bit and doesn't get to the point. The picture he paints is not as clear as it could be.
I'd prefer more detail and a more chronological approach tracking the idea as much as the person. In the history of science books I got a very good feel of where ideas came from and how they developed. I really wanted that from this book as well.
1 of 1 people found this review helpful