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The Caliph's Splendor: Islam and the West in the Golden Age of Baghdad Paperback – 1 February 2021

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  • Publisher : Simon & Schuster; Reprint edition (1 February 2021)
  • Language : English
  • Paperback : 304 pages
  • ISBN-10 : 1416567631
  • ISBN-13 : 978-1416567639
  • Dimensions : 13.97 x 21.29 cm
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“What a great read! Benson Bobrick does full justice to the cultural currents that make the Baghdad of The Arabian Nights so vital to world history. At the same time, he gives us healthy dollops of all the sex, intrigue, and other spicy shenanigans that most historians leave out. This scintillating book achieves a rare blend of storytelling gusto and intellectual depth, reminding us on every page that human history is just that—human." (Colin Wells, author of Sailing from Byzantium)

"Bobrick has read widely in 19th- through 21st-century sources to create a rich portrait of a key era." (Library Journal)

"A fresh overview of the turbulent state of the Middle East and Europe during the 8th century." (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Benson Bobrick earned his doctorate from Columbia University and is the author of several critically acclaimed works, including Wide as the Waters: The Story of the English Bible and the Revolution It Inspired and Angel in the Whirlwind: The Triumph of the American Revolution. In 2002 he received the Literature Award of the American Academy and Institute of Arts and Letters. He and his wife, Hilary, live in Vermont.

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