The House of Wisdom was the centre of learning in the ninth-century. The caliph brought scholars to the House of Wisdom from all over the Islamic world. He paid the scholars well, no matter what was their religion. The scholars translated Greek, Persian, Indian and other early texts into Arabic. But these curious and open-minded men did more than translate. The scholars of the House of Wisdom often added their own comments to the ancient texts. Much of the knowledge that was collected, copied and commented on in Baghdad eventually reached Europe though Islamic Spain and Sicily. It still affects many aspects of our lives today.
The Abbasid caliphs created one of the most beautiful cities in the world, but they wanted Baghdad to be more than just a beautiful city. They wanted to make their capital into a city of learning and of new ideas. Traders from Baghdad brought goods, knowledge and ideas from different parts of the world. The caliphs also sent scholars for new knowledge in Persia, Byzantium, northern Africa, India and China. These scholars collected treasure texts and brought them back to Baghdad. During the ninth century , Baghdad became a city of scholars and books.
"It is easy to take paper for granted, but our lives would be very different without it." The House of Wisdom, the largest library in Baghdad.