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The Prisoner of Al Hakim

The Prisoner of Al Hakim

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ISBN: 9781682060162
Author: by Bradley Steffens
Publisher: Blue Dome Press (May 2; 2017)
Pages: 248 Binding: paperback

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Despite being one of the most brilliant mathematicians in the Abbasid caliphate; Alhasan Ibn al-Haytham makes a quiet living in Basra as a scholar and copyist. He's preparing to write a new treatise on vision and light when a strange man wearing unusual clothes kidnaps him and takes him to Cairo; for a meeting with the caliph; Al-Hakim. The “mad king” of the Fatimid caliphate wants Alhasan to utilize his brilliance to dam the mighty Nile River.

What follows is the kind of adventure that the quiet; reserved Alhasan could never have imagined. Alhasan's incredible journey will lead him to the brink of ruin – and perhaps to his most monumental discovery. A novel about one of history's most overlooked scholars; The Prisoner of Al-Hakim is filled with vivid characters; thrilling scenes; and rich philosophical debates. It's a story about how love; faith; and knowledge are ultimately intertwined; and tells us as much about our contemporary times as about bygone eras.

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