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The Not So Golden Age of Islam

We are often told of the greatness of the Islamic Golden Age. But how much actual gold was there? And why does Islam do so poorly in intellectual work today?



Bill Warner, Director, Center for the Study of Political Islam
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gangadhar — July 1, 2014 @ 1:53 PM

"Thanks for all your efforts."

Ed Wnorowski — July 1, 2014 @ 5:12 PM

"An excellent analysis of the inadequacy of the Islamic philosophy of education which prefers memorization to original, critical thought. For that reason, Islam cannot produce a culture of progress and ideas. Islam is a culture idolizing the 7th century, so Moslems are always REGRESSING into the supposedly perfect past.

Regress is the reverse of progress, so Islam cannot evolve. Moslems think all perfection is in the past and that by behaving like a 7th century desert raider they can become perfect.

They are therefore uncomfortable with Western values of progress liberation and wish to destroy them by imposing strict theocratic totalitarianism as Islam did to culture, science and literature during the supposed Islamic Golden Age. Islam is the ideology that crushed the life out of the brief period of openness. The mullahs and caliphs then shut it permanently down."

democracyistheanswer — July 4, 2014 @ 12:44 AM

"Again, an excellent post. Am I correct that the translation of the documents, such as were left, was done by Arab Christians? Or possibly by former non Muslims who had reverted to Islam. Whether this reversion was done for sincere or pragmatic reasons, they would have had the advantage of the ability to think critically since Islamic training was not in their background."

Gloria Stewart — July 5, 2014 @ 2:29 PM

"The translation of the documents was by Arab Christians."

Bill — July 5, 2014 @ 2:55 PM

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