When it comes to making absurd and outrageous claims, Â Arab Muslims are the unchallenged world champions. Olivia Sterns from the Islam- infested Caliphate News Networx chews, swallows and regurgitates some of the fantastic “Islamic inventions” without which we would still be living in the dark ages. Read it and weep…..
ByÂ Olivia Sterns for CNN
The reality is quite different:
The Golden Age of Islam is a Myth
The hatred of Western Civilization, and the corresponding urge to glorify anything outside it, especially if it can be depicted as a victim of the West, is a well-known phenomenon of the contemporary liberal mind. One of the forms it has taken in recent years is the attempt to artificially inflate the historic achievements of other civilizations beyond what the facts support. The noble savage myth is a commonplace; what is more complex is the myth that has been bandied about concerning the supposed “golden age” of Islamic civilization during what we know as the Middle Ages.
The myth of an Islamic Golden Age is needed by Islam’s apologists to save it from being damned by its present squalid condition; to prove, as it were, that there is more to Islam than the terrorism of Bin Laden and the decadence of the oil sheiks. It is, frankly, a confession that if the world judges it by what it is today, it comes up rather short, being a religion that has yet to produce a democratic or prosperous society, or social and cultural forms admired by neutral foreign observers the way anyone can admire American freedom, Japanese order, Israeli courage, or Italian style. Dr. Serge Trifkovic
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Muslims invented everything, even Koranic toilet paper:
Well, did they really? Not. Â The prophet of Islam Â used uneven numbers of pebbles, not dung or animal bones, for they are the “food of the jinn…”
Islam, the Greeks and the Scientific Revolution/Fjordman
Bassam Tibi notes, Muslims today tend to view science as something that is separated from society, and believe they can adopt or appropriate modern science and technology but not the wider framework that goes with them.
I agree with Tibi. Muslims have no understanding of science as the basis of technological progress, and free speech and rational criticism of everything, including religious doctrines, as the basis of science. They talk about science as if it were a commodity, a television or a personal computer, something which Muslims “had” earlier, then “lost” or handed over to Westerners who “took” it from them. Hence, Muslims shouldn’t feel grateful for anything infidel science provides them with, since science was really “theirs” in the first place and they’re just taking back something which rightfully belongs to them. But science isn’t a commodity; it is a method, a way of looking critically and rationally at the world. More>>
Mufti of Australia: “this was Muslim land”
Before shrimp on the barbee, Foster’s Lager, and Crocodile Dundee, evidently there was the burqa, the book, and the Prophet.Â MEMRI is reporting that the Mufti of Australia and New Zealand, Taj Al-Din Hamed Abdallah Al-Hilali, is claiming that Australia was originally Muslim land, settled by Afghans. The Aborigines are their descendants: Jihad Watch
After all, Islam discovered America long before Columbus, (was not Columbus himself a Muslim?)Â Just like Islam discovered Australia hundreds of years before James Cook crashed through the Great Barrier Reef only to discover that the interior was full of mosques.
A 7th century marauding desertÂ Arab couldn’t even imagine the standard of our civilization.Â … I heard once that all islamicÂ inventions andÂ achievements weren’tÂ ….
We often see Muslims pointing to Arabic numerals as some sort of proof that Arab Muslims made some significant advances in mathematics. Arabic numeral is a misnomer, in actual fact they should be calledÂ Hindu numerals.
Even Europes Dark Age was (a lot) Brighter than Islam’s Mythical “Golden Age”
Muslims often claim that their religion fostered a rich heritage of scientific discovery, “paving the way” for modern advances in technology and medicine.Â On this topic, they usually refer to the period between the 7th and 13th centuries, when Europe was experiencing its “Dark Ages” and the Muslim world was conquering new populations and culture.
Although there is no arguing that the Muslim world was more advanced during this period than the “Christian” world, the reasons for this haveÂ absolutely nothing to do with the Islamic religion (other than its mandate for military expansion).Â In fact, the religion actively discourages knowledge outside of itself, which is why the most prolific Muslim scholars throughout history tend to be students of religion rather than science.
There are four basic reasons why Islam has little true claim to scientific achievement:
First, the Muslim world benefited greatly from the Greek sciences, which wereÂ translated for them by Christians and Jews.Â To their credit, Muslims did a better job of preserving Greek text than did the Europeans of the time, and this became the foundation for their own knowledge.Â (One large reason for this, however, was that access by Christians to this part of their world was cut off by Muslim slave ships and coastal raids that dominated the Mediterranean during this period).
Secondly, many of the scientific advances credited to Islam were actually “borrowed” from other cultures conquered by the Muslims.Â The algebraic concept of “zero”, for example, is erroneously attributed to Islam, but it was, in fact, a Hindu discovery that was merely introduced to the West by Muslims.
In fact, conquered populations contributed greatly to the history of “Muslim science” until gradually being decimated by conversion to Islam (under the pressures of dhimmitude).Â Â The Muslim concentration within a population is directly proportional to the decline of scientific achievement.Â It is no accident that the Muslim world has had little to show for itself in the last 600 years or so, since running out of new civilizations to cannibalize.
Third, even the great Muslim scientists and icons were often considered heretics in their time, sometimes for good reason.Â One of the greatest achievers to come out of the Muslim world was the Persian scientist and philosopher, al-Razi.Â His impressive works are often held up today as “proof” of Muslim accomplishment.Â But what the apologists often leave out is that al-Razi was denounced as a blasphemer, since he followed his own religious beliefs â€“ which were in obvious contradiction to traditional Islam.
Fourth, even the contributions that are attributed to Islam (often inaccurately) are not terribly dramatic.Â There is the invention of certain words, such as alchemy and elixir, but not much else that survives in modern technology that is of any practical significance.Â Neither is there any reason to believe that such discoveries would not have easily been made by the West following the cultural awakening triggered by the Reformation.
As an example of this, consider that Muslims claim credit for coffee, since the beans were discovered in Africa (at the time, an important venue for Islamic slave trading) and first processed in the Middle East.Â While this is true, it is also true that the red dye used in many food products, from cranberry juice to candy, comes from the abdomen of a particular female beetle found in South America.Â It is extremely unlikely that the West would not have stumbled across coffee by now (although, to be fair, coffee probably expedited subsequent discoveries).
In fact, the litany of “Muslim” achievement often takes the form of rhapsody, in which the true origins of these discoveries are omitted – along with their comparative significance to Western achievement.Â However, scientific, medical and technological accomplishments are not something over which Muslim apologists want to get into a pissing contest with the Christian world.Â Today’s Islamic innovators are primarily known for turning Western technology, such as cell phones and airplanes, into instruments of mass murder.
To sum up, although the Islamic religion is not entirely hostile to science, neither should it be confused as a facilitator.Â The great achievements that are said to have come out of the Islamic world were made either by non-Muslims who happened to be under Islamic rule, or by heretics who usually had little interest in Islam.Â Scientific discovery tapers off dramatically as Islam asserts dominance, until it eventually peters out altogether.