A documentary of Ovidio Salazar, produced by Mosaïque Films.
In 762AD as the nascent Muslim state spread out from the Arabian Peninsula, a new city arose where the Tigris and Euphrates meet. The mighty Abbasid caliph Al-Mansur named his city 'Medinat al-Salam': the City of Peace. It would later become known as Baghdad - fabled setting of the Thousand and One Nights, and capital of the most powerful empire on Earth. Baghdad's power stemmed not from the might of its vast armies, or the gold and riches piled in its treasuries. Its power lay in the human mind. For five hundred years, as Europe lay mired in the Dark Ages, the city was a magnet for scholars and scientists of many nations and religions. Here they collected, translated, assimilated and transformed the knowledge of the ancient world. Building on the wisdom of preceding civilisations, Baghdad's scholars and scientists produced ingenious inventions like the astrolabe, while developing new ways of thinking we marvel at to this day... creating a revolution in science and changing the course of history in ways we are only just beginning to understand. In The Genius of Baghdad, travel back to the founding of one of the most remarkable cities on Earth. Witness the history of this golden age and meet the people behind a revolution in thinking - Men such Jabir Ibn Hayyan, father of modern chemistry, the legendary Caliph Harun al-Rashid… and his powerful vizier Ja'far, and Al-Khwarizmi, inventor of algebra and the concept of zero. At the heart of a mighty civilisation that transformed the way we understand the Universe..discover the secrets of the Genius of Baghdad.
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