Al Kindi a polymath. BBC radio 4, in our times, a link

The injunction of Islam to seek knowledge was given a high priority by early Muslims. Quite early in their  history Muslim started to excel in Science, Philosophy, medicine, architecture, governance and vertically in every other field.

The rulers valued education and scholarship and contributed heavily in support of education and on  institutions of learning.  Al-Kindi (800-873) a polymath(expert in several fields) was appointed by the by the Abbaside Caliph to lead team of translators to translate Greek  works on science, medicine, philosophy etc, into Arabic. (from Arabic many of these works were translated into Latin and other European languages).

Here is a link to a discussion on Al. Kindi on a BBC  rodio 4 a program called “In Our Times”.

Golden age of Islam, Abbasid Caliphs, a link to BBC radio 4. In our times

Abbasid rule began in 750 and ended  in 1258. They moved the Capital from Damascus to Baghdad and it grew to a population of about 2 million under their rule. Most of the caliphs were enlightened, valued scholarship and spend heavily on the  institutions of learning and education. It is estimated that their expenditure on education in relation to their revenue was much higher than the governments of the most advanced countries spend on education today. This was a major factor that led to the golden age(8th to 13th century).  Below is a link to a discussion on Abbasid Caliphate on a BBC rodio 4 on program called “In Our Times”.

Early expansion of Islam a discussion on BBC radio 4- In our Times

Islam spread very quickly in Arabia and beyond after the  death of the Prophet(pbuh) in 632, The Prophet (SAWS) was born in 570 and the Hijrat (the migration to Madina) took place in 622. Here is a link to a discussion on  Arab conquest on BBC radio 4 in a program called “In our Times|”

Rumi- BBC Radio 4- “In Our Times”

Rumis poetry, a link to a BBC radio 4 program Called In Our Times. Maulana Jalaluddin Rumi was born in Balkh, Afghanistan in 1207 and died in 1273 and is buried in Konya, Turkey.  he is From 1245 to1261 he wrote fifty thousand verses known as Diwan-Shams e Tabrazi. After 1261 in twelve years he wrote Masnavi.