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The Original Bayt Al Hikma
The original House of Wisdom was a shining center of knowledge, translation, and scholarship during the Golden Age of Islam.
Founded in 8th century Baghdad by Caliph Harun al-Rashid of the Abbasid dynasty, Bayt Al Hikma was a melting-pot of rich intellectual traditions from across the Middle East and Europe.
Great Muslim scholars exchanged ideas, created inventions that would radically change society, and translated philosophical works from the Greeks, the Persians, the Europeans, the Chinese, the Indians, and the Sumerians. These translations exposed generations of scholars to outside ideas.
Openness to these ideas, coupled with innovation and diversity, helped Baghdad become one of the most unrivaled cities in the Medieval world.
Military might, economic strength, cultural and intellectual dominance, and staggering wealth established Baghdad as the center of an empire, with the original Bayt Al Hikma growing to become the thriving epicenter of the Islamic Golden Age.
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