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From the 700s to the 1200s, Baghdad was an Intellectual Cent
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It not only preserved the old greco-roman and persian texts of the classical era, but even improved upon them. If you were a scholar in those days, then the House of Wisdom was the place to be. Even Jews and Christians were allowed to study there.
Sadly the Mongols sacked the city and threw all the books into the river; so many in fact that the river was said to have run black with ink for a week.