A mercilessly iconoclastic work of intellectual scholarship…
Sophisticated and thoughtful … Mr. Lyons’s narrative is vivid and elegant.
Wall Street Journal
This is a first class book: original, significant, and a very timely contribution. Despite the importance of the topic, especially today, I can think of no other study that offers so comprehensive, persuasive, and engaging an analysis.
John L. Esposito, Georgetown University, author of What Everyone Needs to Know About Islam
Islam Through Western Eyes is as timely as it is informative, helping us understand the history of understanding—and misunderstanding—between Muslims and non-Muslims over the centuries, patterns that continue today. This is a book that should be read by people of all faiths, not only for edification but also for healing in a religiously fractured world.
Mark Juergensmeyer, author of Global Rebellion: Religious Challenges to the Secular State
Jonathan Lyons joins the wisdom of a scholar with the knowledge of a journalist in a timely and necessary book. A much-needed light unto the gentiles wishing to understand the truth and consequences of the Arab Spring.
Lewis H. Lapham, editor, Lapham’s Quarterly
Dust will never gather on Jonathan Lyons’ lively new book of medieval history. … Lyons tells his multilayered story deftly, forsaking the tyranny of chronology to flesh out ideas and personalities.
Los Angeles Times Book Review
Jonathan Lyons has written a wide-ranging and highly engaging exploration of the intellectual and scientific glories of Islamic civilization…The House of Wisdom reminds us that it wasn’t so very long ago that the shoe was on the other foot.
Paul M. Cobb, University of Pennsylvania