Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane

S. Frederick Starr discusses his book about Asia’s medieval enlightenment, a virtually unparalleled explosion of knowledge in areas from mathematics and astronomy to music and philosophy. Its impact rippled across Asia and into European culture.
S. Frederick Starr
Tuesday, June 10, 2014
6:30pm @ Central Library

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Rarely has history seen a more impressive and sustained display of intellect than that of medieval Central Asia, which between the years 800 and 1200 led the world in trade and economic development, the sophistication of its cities, and advances in disciplines ranging from mathematics and astronomy to music and philosophy.

S. Frederick Starr examines this remarkable period of enlightenment and its worldwide impact in a discussion of his book Lost Enlightenment: Central Asia’s Golden Age from the Arab Conquest to Tamerlane.

A classical archaeologist, Starr is founding chairman of the Central Asia-Caucasus Institute & Silk Road Studies Program, which is affiliated with the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies at Johns Hopkins University. He was president of Oberlin College from 1983-94.