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Centuries before the dawn of the modern age, the world was already a surprisingly interconnected place. Readings for this theme introduce a way of understanding the past in which Islam and the West are seen as products of a shared, cosmopolitan, and inextricably intertwined past. These books help envision the world of our ancestors, which was as complex and dynamically interconnected as the world we live in today.
The House of Wisdom by
Call Number: Q127.A5 A4 2011
Publication Date: 2011-03-31
A myth-shattering view of the Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations and the role they played in sparking the European Renaissance.
The Ornament of the World by
Call Number: DP 99 .M465 2002
Publication Date: 2003-04-02
In this engaging and learned volume, Menocal recounts the remarkable, multi-cultural history of medieval Spain, when Muslims ruled much of the country and elevated standards of art and learning.
Leo Africanus by
Call Number: PQ 3979.2.M28 L413 1991
Publication Date: 1992-07-01
Written in the form of a memoir, this historical novel explores the meeting of two worlds - Islam and Christendom - through the adventures of real-life Arab traveler and geographer Hassan al-Wazzan.
In an Antique Land by
Call Number: DT 56.2 .G48 1994
Publication Date: 1994-03-29
In a leisurely blend of travelogue, history and cross-cultural analysis, Indian writer Ghosh reconstructs a 12th-century master-slave relationship that confounds modern concepts of slavery.