The Myth of Islamic Inventions

From Hizb ut Tahrir:

“If the evidence contradicts the Qur’an, the evidence must be regarded as false and rejected, because the Qur’an can not be in error”

Any ideology that rejects empirical observation is the natural antithesis of post enlightenment Western civilisation.

By Alan Robertson: the only Islamic inventions are the lies and the preposterous claims from Muslims:

Mohammedan Tokenism at the Science Museum

Ben Kingsley makes a fool of himself in this flick about the scientific heritage of “Muslim civilization”. The mini-movie, entitled 1001 Inventions and the Library of Secrets, accompanies a global touring exhibition that this currently open to the public at the Science Museum in London. The exhibition runs till 30th June 2010 and then goes on an international tour.  Watch if you can bear it

By Alan Robertson — The current exhibition of “Muslim inventions” at the South Kensington science museum is an absurd example of deception, misrepresentation and falsification of history in order to appease the ever growing Third World colonisation of our country.

Under the title “1001 Inventions — discover the Muslim heritage in our world,” the exhibition claims to reveal all the contributions which Islam has made to civilisation.

Central to the exhibition is a model of a wooden water wheel. Please forgive the pun, but is this really so revolutionary?

Then there is a picture of a stone arch originating some 2000 years BC.

Sources show that the earliest known arches did originate in Mesopotamia, which would correspond to modern day Iraq, Syria and Turkey. However, since Islam did not arrive until 570 AD, this invention is not Muslim.

An interactive display allows viewers to browse other ancient inventions from the Muslim world.

Here you will see that coffee was apparently ‘invented’ by an Arab in the ninth century. Invented? Are they serious?

Carpets first appeared in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Middle East about 2000 BC but this is again pre-Islamic. In any case, how can carpets be an invention?


Welcome to the ass-backwards world of Islamic science, where reason and fact need not apply. Is Gravity ‘Shirk’? Does Mohammedanism defeat gravity?

Another exhibit is entitled “naming the stars.” Only, research tells us that the Arabs translated the original names for the stars from a well-known book by the Greek astrologer Ptolemy.

While the West has sent probes into deep space, are we supposed to marvel at the fact that Muslims merely renamed the stars?

In 852 AD, a Muslim holy man jumped from a tower wearing a billowy, large cloak and lived to tell the tale.

Also, in the ninth century, Abbas ibn Firnas attempted to fly using a wing frame attached to his arms, whereupon his back was seriously injured.

Muslims apparently invented the concept of the spherical earth in the ninth century. However, the earliest known records of the concept of a spherical Earth came from Pythagoras (500 BC), Aristotle (300 BC), and in 200 BC Eratosthenes made an estimate for the circumference of the Earth.

To accredit inventions to a religion is complete nonsense. Inventions are the result of ingenuity on the part of one or more people.

Do we concern ourselves with the religion of Robert Stevenson, Thomas Edison or James Watt? No. We remember what they did for science and human development.

What is distinctly lacking in the exhibition is any modern contribution whatsoever.

In fact, what have the Arabs invented lately? The answer is not much in the last one thousand years.

Let us consider relativity, quantum mechanics, microprocessors, the television… Do any of these things come from the Arabs, Pakistan, Afghanistan, Iraq, Northern Africa or Turkey? No.

This is clearly a ’feel-good’ promotion of multiculturalism and nothing more. To advertise all over the southeast with posters proclaiming the wonder of Muslim inventions is an attempt to dull the revolutionary impulse.

Electricity, flight, motor transport and space exploration are all the result of Western endeavour.

It should never be forgotten that our forefathers in Great Britain invented many of the things that civilised the world.

In the nineteenth century, the invention of huge steam powered motors enabled us to pump fresh water to the cities, and about the same time, the sewers were developed.

The effects of our industrial revolution spread throughout Western Europe and North America during the nineteenth century, eventually affecting most of the world.

But today, many Islamic nations are stuck in the dark ages because of their corruption, religion and wars. Millions of people live in squalor with inadequate toilets and water.

The West patents hundreds of thousands of inventions a year whereas the entire Muslim world has only a handful in its entire history.

The reason for this is plain. Islam forbids creativity. It discourages resourcefulness and promotes strict observance of religion instead.

Britain has had the incredible talents of Shakespeare, Robert Burns, the Beatles and the comic geniuses of Rowan Atkinson and Monty Python. Our inventors and engineers include Faraday, Newton, Darwin and Brunel.

The first practical telephone was invented by Alexander Graham Bell.

Frank Whittle invented the jet engine, and where would we be without Alexander Fleming, who discovered Penicillin? Possibly nowhere.

The first stored programme electronic computer called EDSAC was invented in 1949 by academics at Cambridge University. Tim Berners-Lee proposed and developed the amazing world wide web in 1990 along with Robert Cailliau.

These are just a small handful of the British contributions.

The Science Museum is publicly funded — in other words, your money is being used to propagate these lies to the public in the name of diversity.

19 thoughts on “The Myth of Islamic Inventions”

  1. “Carpets first appeared in Egypt, Mesopotamia, and the Middle East about 2000 BC”…

    but Muslims turned them into “flying carpets”.
    Now that is amazing!

    Most great inventions and architectural marvels that Muslims lay claim to were stolen, plagiarized, built over or lied about.
    The Jews and Scots have been the greatest innovators.

  2. In the Koran 18:85&86 the sun sets in a muddy pool.Need I say anything mor about Islamic science?

  3. DP111,
    On close inspection almost ALL muslim claims are shown to be false.
    However, the muslim solution is keep lying and maybe someone will believe you.
    These folks believe that up is down and hope to convince us that they are right by saying it often enough – tedious, boring and dumb.

  4. The greatest invention of Islam is a higher level of mass murder. Most people don’t know that the biggest mass murder is all of human history was performed by the Muslim armies that invaded India. At least 80 millions were slaughtered, along with thousands of Hindu temples. The day of reckoning for Islams slaughter of at least 250 millions over fourteen centuries has yet to come.

    This exhibit is pure garbage. The water wheel was in use long before the advent of the Islam cult. And the arch – give me a break! All the Arabs invented is the carnal use of goats.

  5. Come on now – be fair. Moslems are on the cutting edge with regard to invention and innovation; without their input we wouldn’t have burqas, female genital mutilation, suicide bombers, beheadings, theocracy, ignorance or stupidity. Please, let’s give credit where credit is due!

  6. “If the evidence contradicts the Qur’an, the evidence must be regarded as false and rejected, because the Qur’an can not be in error”

    Any ideology that rejects empirical observation is the natural antithesis of post enlightenment Western civilisation.

    Here’s a link to another anti empiricist’s utterances; the incisive thinking of Saudi cleric Sheik Abdul Aziz bin Baz on the subject of a flat, static Earth and an orbiting Sun……because, according to him, the Qur’an says so.

    Islam Watch – “A Tribute to a Muslim Genius”

    These are the kinds of nincompoops who believe they have something to teach us.
    Primitive ignoramuses we are obliged to respectfully and tolerantly engage with in discussion without sniggering or laughing so heartily that we have a serious bladder accident laughing.

    Meanwhile, over in Iraq, the subject is still a point for serious debate.

    YouTube – Iraqi TV Debate: Is the Earth Flat? (Mr. Potatohead argues for the affirmative)

  7. What Arab Civilization?

    This letter was sent to Carly Fiorina, CEO of Hewlett Packard Corporation, in response to a speech given by her on September 26, 2001.

    Carly Fiorina
    3000 Hanover Street
    Palo Alto, CA 94304-1185

    Dear Madame Fiorina:

    It is with great interest that I read your speech delivered on September 26, 2001, titled “Technology, Business and Our way of Life: What’s Next” [sic]. I was particularly interested in the story you told at the end of your speech, about the Arab/Muslim civilization. As an Assyrian, a non-Arab, Christian native of the Middle East, whose ancestors reach back to 5000 B.C., I wish to clarify some points you made in this little story, and to alert you to the dangers of unwittingly being drawn into the Arabist/Islamist ideology, which seeks to assimilate all cultures and religions into the Arab/Islamic fold.

    I know you are a very busy woman, but please find ten minutes to read what follows, as it is a perspective that you will not likely get from anywhere else. I will answer some of the specific points you made in your speech, then conclude with a brief perspective on this Arabist/Islamist ideology.

    Arabs and Muslims appeared on the world scene in 630 A.D., when the armies of Muhammad began their conquest of the Middle East. We should be very clear that this was a military conquest, not a missionary enterprise, and through the use of force, authorized by a declaration of a Jihad against infidels, Arabs/Muslims were able to forcibly convert and assimilate non-Arabs and non-Mulsims into their fold. Very few indigenous communities of the Middle East survived this — primarily Assyrians, Jews, Armenians and Coptics (of Egypt).

    Having conquered the Middle East, Arabs placed these communities under a Dhimmi (see the book Dhimmi, by Bat Ye’Or) system of governance, where the communities were allowed to rule themselves as religious minorities (Christians, Jews and Zoroastrian). These communities had to pay a tax (called a Jizzya in Arabic) that was, in effect, a penalty for being non-Muslim, and that was typically 80% in times of tolerance and up to 150% in times of oppression. This tax forced many of these communities to convert to Islam, as it was designed to do.

    You state, “its architects designed buildings that defied gravity.” I am not sure what you are referring to, but if you are referring to domes and arches, the fundamental architectural breakthrough of using a parabolic shape instead of a spherical shape for these structures was made by the Assyrians more than 1300 years earlier, as evidenced by their archaeological record.

    You state, “its mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that would enable the building of computers, and the creation of encryption.” The fundamental basis of modern mathematics had been laid down not hundreds but thousands of years before by Assyrians and Babylonians, who already knew of the concept of zero, of the Pythagorean Theorem, and of many, many other developments expropriated by Arabs/Muslims (see History of Babylonian Mathematics, Neugebauer).

    You state, “its doctors examined the human body, and found new cures for disease.” The overwhelming majority of these doctors (99%) were Assyrians. In the fourth, fifth, and sixth centuries Assyrians began a systematic translation of the Greek body of knowledge into Assyrian. At first they concentrated on the religious works but then quickly moved to science, philosophy and medicine. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Galen, and many others were translated into Assyrian, and from Assyrian into Arabic. It is these Arabic translations which the Moors brought with them into Spain, and which the Spaniards translated into Latin and spread throughout Europe, thus igniting the European Renaissance.

    By the sixth century A.D., Assyrians had begun exporting back to Byzantia their own works on science, philosophy and medicine. In the field of medicine, the Bakhteesho Assyrian family produced nine generations of physicians, and founded the great medical school at Gundeshapur (Iran). Also in the area of medicine, (the Assyrian) Hunayn ibn-Ishaq’s textbook on ophthalmology, written in 950 A.D., remained the authoritative source on the subject until 1800 A.D.

    In the area of philosophy, the Assyrian philosopher Job of Edessa developed a physical theory of the universe, in the Assyrian language, that rivaled Aristotle’s theory, and that sought to replace matter with forces (a theory that anticipated some ideas in quantum mechanics, such as the spontaneous creation and destruction of matter that occurs in the quantum vacuum).

    One of the greatest Assyrian achievements of the fourth century was the founding of the first university in the world, the School of Nisibis, which had three departments, theology, philosophy and medicine, and which became a magnet and center of intellectual development in the Middle East. The statutes of the School of Nisibis, which have been preserved, later became the model upon which the first Italian university was based (see The Statutes of the School of Nisibis, by Arthur Voobus).

    When Arabs and Islam swept through the Middle East in 630 A.D., they encountered 600 years of Assyrian Christian civilization, with a rich heritage, a highly developed culture, and advanced learning institutions. It is this civilization that became the foundation of the Arab civilization.

    You state, “Its astronomers looked into the heavens, named the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.” This is a bit melodramatic. In fact, the astronomers you refer to were not Arabs but Chaldeans and Babylonians (of present day south-Iraq), who for millennia were known as astronomers and astrologers, and who were forcibly Arabized and Islamized — so rapidly that by 750 A.D. they had disappeared completely.

    You state, “its writers created thousands of stories. Stories of courage, romance and magic. Its poets wrote of love, when others before them were too steeped in fear to think of such things.” There is very little literature in the Arabic language that comes from this period you are referring to (the Koran is the only significant piece of literature), whereas the literary output of the Assyrians and Jews was vast. The third largest corpus of Christian writing, after Latin and Greek, is by the Assyrians in the Assyrian language (also called Syriac; see here.)

    You state, “when other nations were afraid of ideas, this civilization thrived on them, and kept them alive. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge from past civilizations, this civilization kept the knowledge alive, and passed it on to others.” This is a very important issue you raise, and it goes to the heart of the matter of what Arab/Islamic civilization represents. I reviewed a book titled How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs, in which the author lists the significant translators and interpreters of Greek science. Of the 22 scholars listed, 20 were Assyrians, 1 was Persian and 1 an Arab. I state at the end of my review: “The salient conclusion which can be drawn from O’Leary’s book is that Assyrians played a significant role in the shaping of the Islamic world via the Greek corpus of knowledge. If this is so, one must then ask the question, what happened to the Christian communities which made them lose this great intellectual enterprise which they had established. One can ask this same question of the Arabs. Sadly, O’Leary’s book does not answer this question, and we must look elsewhere for the answer.” I did not answer this question I posed in the review because it was not the place to answer it, but the answer is very clear, the Christian Assyrian community was drained of its population through forced conversion to Islam (by the Jizzya), and once the community had dwindled below a critical threshold, it ceased producing the scholars that were the intellectual driving force of the Islamic civilization, and that is when the so called “Golden Age of Islam” came to an end (about 850 A.D.).

    Islam the religion itself was significantly molded by Assyrians and Jews (see Nestorian Influence on Islam and Hagarism: the Making of the Islamic World).

    Arab/Islamic civilization is not a progressive force, it is a regressive force; it does not give impetus, it retards. The great civilization you describe was not an Arab/Muslim accomplishment, it was an Assyrian accomplishment that Arabs expropriated and subsequently lost when they drained, through the forced conversion of Assyrians to Islam, the source of the intellectual vitality that propelled it. What other Arab/Muslim civilization has risen since? What other Arab/Muslim successes can we cite?

    You state, “and perhaps we can learn a lesson from his [Suleiman] example: It was leadership based on meritocracy, not inheritance. It was leadership that harnessed the full capabilities of a very diverse population that included Christianity, Islamic, and Jewish traditions.” In fact, the Ottomans were extremely oppressive to non-Muslims. For example, young Christian boys were forcefully taken from their families, usually at the age of 8-10, and inducted into the Janissaries, (yeniceri in Turkish) where they were Islamized and made to fight for the Ottoman state. What literary, artistic or scientific achievements of the Ottomans can we point to? We can, on the other hand, point to the genocide of 750,000 Assyrians, 1.5 million Armenians and 400,000 Greeks in World War One by the Kemalist “Young Turk” government. This is the true face of Islam.

    Arabs/Muslims are engaged in an explicit campaign of destruction and expropriation of cultures and communities, identities and ideas. Wherever Arab/Muslim civilization encounters a non-Arab/Muslim one, it attempts to destroy it (as the Buddhist statues in Afghanistan were destroyed, as Persepolis was destroyed by the Ayotollah Khomeini). This is a pattern that has been recurring since the advent of Islam, 1400 years ago, and is amply substantiated by the historical record. If the “foreign” culture cannot be destroyed, then it is expropriated, and revisionist historians claim that it is and was Arab, as is the case of most of the Arab “accomplishments” you cited in your speech. For example, Arab history texts in the Middle East teach that Assyrians were Arabs, a fact that no reputable scholar would assert, and that no living Assyrian would accept. Assyrians first settled Nineveh, one of the major Assyrian cities, in 5000 B.C., which is 5630 years before Arabs came into that area. Even the word ‘Arab’ is an Assyrian word, meaning “Westerner” (the first written reference to Arabs was by the Assyrian King Sennacherib, 800 B.C., in which he tells of conquering the “ma’rabayeh” — Westerners. See The Might That Was Assyria, by H. W. F. Saggs).

    Even in America this Arabization policy continues. On October 27th a coalition of seven Assyrian and Maronite organizations sent an official letter to the Arab American Institute asking it to stop identifying Assyrians and Maronites as Arabs, which it had been deliberately doing.

    There are minorities and nations struggling for survival in the Arab/Muslim ocean of the Middle East and Africa (Assyrians, Armenians, Coptics, Jews, southern Sudanese, Ethiopians, Nigerians…), and we must be very sensitive not to unwittingly and inadvertently support Islamic fascism and Arab Imperialism, with their attempts to wipe out all other cultures, religions and civilizations. It is incumbent upon each one of us to do our homework and research when making statements and speeches about these sensitive matters.

    I hope you found this information enlightening. For more information, refer to the web links below. You may contact me at for further questions.

    Thank you for your consideration.

    Peter BetBasoo

    Web resources:

    Brief History of Assyrians
    Assyrian International News Agency
    Assyrian American National Federation
    Assyrian Academic Society
    Zinda Magazine
    Beth Suryoyo
    Nineveh Online
    World Maronite Union
    Maronite Research Council
    World Lebanese Organization
    Coptic Web

  8. Bell didnt invent the telephone, he stole the idea from an elderly Italian when he worked at the patent office…

  9. The Transmission of Knowledge From Islamic Civilisation to Christendom

    14:56 | Posted by Cheradenine Zakalwe

    Muslim and multicult apologists like to dwell on the supposed transmission of knowledge from medieval Islamic civilisation (they usually cite Muslim-ruled Spain specifically) to Christendom. They claim we should be eternally grateful to the Muslims for having gifted this knowledge to us.

    Several key points should be borne in mind about this historical episode:

    1) Much of the Muslim ‘knowledge’ was bunk. A large part of their supposed science related to things like astrology, alchemy and bogus ‘voodoo’ medical teachings that had no real scientific foundation.

    2) Most of what was transmitted was not Muslim learning at all, but Greek. The original Greek texts had simply been translated into Arabic. Because north and western Europe had largely lost contact with Greek civilisation, they had been cut off from the flow of Greek knowledge. (Some argue that Muslim aggression was responsible for severing the links between Byzantium and the rest of Europe, but that’s another debate.)

    3) Many of the greatest scholars within medieval Islamic civilisation were not Muslims at all, but Jews and Christians living under conditions of dhimmitude.

    4) Islam was not north-western Europe’s only source of Greek learning. There were Greek colonies in southern Italy and Sicily. When these were recaptured by the Normans, a treasure trove of Greek knowledge was opened up.

    5) The acquisition of knowledge came with the acquisition of territory. In other words, it was only when the Muslim-ruled areas in Spain and the Greek-ruled areas in Italy were recaptured that central and western Europe got access to this knowledge. During the years in which Islamic rule in Spain and Greek rule in Italy were solidly established, there was very little onward flow of knowledge.
    The explosion of scientific translation was the product, in practice, of military success. The opening of much of Mediterranean culture to the people of the north of Europe was the result of the European conquest of southern Italy and Sicily, and of Toledo and other smaller centres in Spain. In the central area, the influence was more Greek than Arabic; in the west it was naturally exclusively Arabic.
    Source: Norman Daniel, The Arabs and Medieval Europe

    The last point is perhaps the most important. Multicultists like to present this transmission of knowledge as proof of the good things that can come through living amicably with Muslims. In fact it is proof of the exact opposite. There was very little transmission of knowledge when Christians lived alongside Muslims in Spain. It was only when the Christians ruthlessly attacked and defeated the Muslims that this supposed cultural enrichment occurred.

  10. No Salman,
    You are an idiot – and learn to spell. Muslims have accomplished little of value, and continually pretending that you have does not change this simple fact.

  11. In regards to the letter, the only thing I really take issue with is the use of “Arab” which references a group of people from a certain area of the world and then coupling these early Arabs who actually did contribute to things like Algebra and the mapping of constellations with “muslims” the pricks who believe the magic fairy man in the sky will give them 72 virgins if they kill someone who doesn’t read the same book. It wasn’t until these cunts started their jihad on people who had the basic curiosity that spurs innovation that the middle east seemed to stagnate and continued throwing stones at each other for centuries to come.

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