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Iran not islam, 9 Oct. 2010
Unfortunately it is not correctly explained that nearly all so called 'islamic' inventions are actually Iranian. It was the Iranian Empires that gave the world knowledge and also helped information and goods from the East - China etc- to reach Europe via the Silk Road and vice versa. The arabs conquered Iran after Iran and the Eastern Roman Empire had weakened each other in a series of devastating wars- who remembers that the Sasanian Emperor Khosrow II had by 620 conquered all of Asia up to Constantinople and Egypt- only to be turned back by Heraclius in 624? Only 10 yrs later the bedouin defeated both Empires.
The Iranian Empires were based on tolerance (witness treatment of Jews and Christians ) and knowledge with a refined court famous for its wealth and culture.
JUNDI SHAPUR was the first university and teaching hospital and Iranian culture was based on a love of learning and knowledge - for instance granting asylum to Greek philosophers when the Christian Romans prosecuted them.What literature did the arabs have before leaving the deserts ?
Also it is often forgotten that the Iranians had the first montheist religion ( Yahve was a purely Jewish GOD before the Jews came into contact with Zoroaster's dualist idealogy when freed from Babylonian imprisonment by CYRUS the GREAT and the concepts of Heaven and Hell , GOD and the DEVIL are all Iranian) - ZOROASTER gave the world ' GOOD THOUGHTS , GOOD WORDS , GOOD DEEDS' before 1000 BC. Do people forget the Three Wise Men ( ZOROASTRAIN priests ) who before anyone else designated the infant CHRIST as a prophet ?