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This review is from: Science and Islam: A History (Hardcover)One of the main reasons of "Closing the Great Door of Islam" was the Islamic scholars' concerns of what would happen with the great knowledge gained through scientific discoveries and transformation throughout the Islamic world... They discovered (just like other early cultures before them - the Chinese, the Egyptians, the Greeks) that tweaking science deeper and deeper inwardly brought the science of Islam into a shape of an inverted Pyramid that simply was repetition of what already had been discovered and established, and feared (rightfully) that Commentary of Commentary on the Original Underlaying Knowledge was not only repetitious but dangerous as well for it could be misused/misinterpreted in the hands of wrongful leaders...
This particular booklet - for it is too brief a volume to bear an all-encompassing title of "Science and Islam" - simply is evidence to the contemporary high-speed, generalized, no-time-to-step-back-and-study flow of generalized learning (fast food culture=fast learning=junk) that sweeps over crucial historical events and details for the Arab Conquests had contributed to the development of Islamic Science partly due to robbing and/or assimilating other local cultures... The author at this poinbt also fails to analyse the common outlines between early Christian and Islamic sciences... Before Copernicus and the Islamic Scientists and the Greeks there was an early Armenian mathematician and astronomer - Anania Shirakatsi - whose teachings were/are greatly respected by the Islamic Scientific world for his discoveries about the planetary movements and about the actual shape of the world that had helped to shape the knowledge and subsequently the power of pre-Christian region of the Greater Middle East... In several parts of the book, the author mentions of Turkey within a period of time when there was no country of Turkey in the region... Nwhere does he mention the contribution of the Aramaics, Syriacs, Assyrians, Armenians, Alawis, the great Sceintists of North Caucasus (where there are still practices of Islam as a social religion AND as a teaching of cosmic sciences).
The author raises awareness of contribution of Islamic Sciences to the development of the Western civilization from the Middle Ages onwards and tries to strike a chord of partnership (or a room for it) within the context of contemporary debates on the subject of Europe and Islam today... Yet, in a great Western tradition, he refuses to analyse the past in its depth and establishes a forefront for a future by outlining a shortsighted overview of the present... The core of all the ancient teachings is that the notion of time is inseperable, everything is of spherical/circular nature (what goes around, comes around) and trying to teach of Islam and Science in such a rudely generalized manner, chunking history up into past and present, East and West is of no relation to Islamic Science itself.
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Initial post: 26 Feb 2011 03:27:09 GMT
Mr. T. E. Samad says:
I hope you're not trying to push forward the HUGE lie that everything that the great Islamic scientists brought to the West was just the same discoveries and achievements of the intellectuals before them, such as those of the ancient Romans, the ancient Greeks and so on. You should really do your research before you start trying to convince other people that you know what you're talking about when it comes to Islamic - and intellectual - history if you don't want to sound stupid, ignorant and arrogant.
Sure, the great, past Islamic seekers of knowledge had attained some of their knowledge from the ancient Greeks and others, but it's important to remember that glorious Muslims took forward ancient knowledge AND advanced it; they also came up with their own individual achievements in many different fields of knowledge. Trying to deny this is as fruitless as trying to hurt the air around you by hurling punches at it.
You have to ACCEPT the FACT that the Islamic world has heavily contributed to the development of the Western world, indeed the ENTIRE world; although i'm saddened (and embarrassed) to say the Islamic world isn't as productive and innovative as it once used to be.
You may be jealous about the fact that many Muslims - mainly in the past - re-discovered ancient knowledge, and expanded on it (and sometimes even correcting previous errors), at a time in world history when your part of the world (Western Christendom) was just another of the world's many backwaters, but don't try to attack people that try to bring awareness about the Islamic world's great achievements and contributions to the wider world.
T. E. Samad
In reply to an earlier post on 3 Aug 2011 20:36:37 BDT
I suppose that if you rewrite your comment by removing the speculations about her motives and deleting the ad hominem attacks on her person you might actually get some replies from her. But I wouldn't bet on it.
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