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The Hidden Debt to Islamic Civilisation Hardcover – 1 Sep 2005

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  • Hardcover: 528 pages
  • Publisher: Bayt Al-Hikma Press (1 Sept. 2005)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0955115604
  • ISBN-13: 978-0955115608
  • Product Dimensions: 15.7 x 3.5 x 23 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 2.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,009,243 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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A review of the influence of Islamic civilisation in the emergence of European civilisation that focusses on ways in which this has been hidden by Western historians.

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"If there is much misunderstanding in the West about the nature of Islam, there is also much ignorance about the debt our own culture and civilisation owe to the Islamic world. It is a failure, which stems, I think, from the straight-jacket of history, which we have inherited. The medieval Islamic world, from central Asia to the shores of the Atlantic, was a world where scholars and men of learning flourished. But because we have tended to see Islam as the enemy of the West, as an alien culture, society, and system of belief, we have tended to ignore or erase its great relevance to our own history."
Prince Charles, Oxford University Speech 1993

The Hidden Debt to Islamic Civilisation is a thorough study of that relevance and how it has been hidden from Western consciousness. Al-Djazairi puts his many years of expert work as an historian into this book.

From street lighting to soap, from trigonometry to algebra, from windmills to universities, from nutrition to surgery of the eye, from the paper industry to mass literacy, from the banker’s cheque to religious freedom, Western civilisation owes its emergence to its encounter with the Islamic world.

Yet few people are aware of this debt. Political efforts at overpowering the Muslim world have had no small part to play in this concealment, just as they had no small part to play in the decline of Islamic Civilisation. Recognising and understanding this debt is a vital part of bringing about a more just world where Islam can again inspire great achievements to benefit humanity. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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well he means well and has an agenda but the subject is misguided and totally wrong, the golden age of islam did not exist, like the romans before them (who happened to have street lighting) and the egyptians (who made paper in large quantities) they copied what they found from who they invaded, in the case of islam it was what they 'borrowed' from the indians - who in turn borrowed from the chinese. astronomy, medicine, surgery, mathematics etc.. all came from a few thousand miles eastward.
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