Early Islamic Centuries and Intellectual Shining of Persian Culture

  October 31, 2020   Read time 1 min
Early Islamic Centuries and Intellectual Shining of Persian Culture
Persia and Persian culture was one of the key elements of the early progress of Islam and there are countless evidence that endorse this claim. Persian intellectuals after the conversion into Islam pioneered a new cultural movement in the world under the banner of Islam that revolutionized the whole world both intellectually and culturally.

During the first centuries of Islam the intellectual significance of Persian culture manifested itself nearly exclusively at the centre of the caliph’s empire. All great intellects were attracted so strongly by the splendour of the capital that in the provinces, with the exception of independent Spain, only very limited intellectual life could evolve within the scope of Islamic culture. In the early years of the Abbasid era countries such as Arabia, Egypt, Syria (after the fall of the Umayyads) and Persia retreated from the stage as places of intellectual productivity. This was due not only to the attraction of the capital but also to the fact that ‘like the Teutons, the Iranians were stronger in the appropriation and creative imitation of cultural tradition than in pure original creativity’. They thus needed some time to establish themselves in the new cultural circle in Baghdad, although a significant part of the establishment of this centre was due to their fellow-countrymen (Source: Iran in Early Islamic Period).


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