Posted on February 23, by Scott Alexander [Content warning: Discussion of social justice, discussion of violence, spoilers for Jacqueline Carey books. This post was inspired by a debate with a friend of a friend on Facebook who has since become somewhat famous. Andrew Cord criticizes me for my bold and controversial suggestion that maybe people should try to tell slightly fewer blatant hurtful lies:
Islam and Muslim bashing has become a lucrative profession. The Islamophobs portray Islam as a violently barbaric faith that breeds nothing but violence, ignorance and superstitions. It is a set of irrational dogmas which promote theodicy, theocracy, barbarism, totalitarianism and terrorism.
As such Islam is antithetical to liberty, freedom, democracy, republicanism and constitutionalism.
Islamic civilization is depicted as an alien culture with no or minimal contributions to human civilization and progress especially in the American context. The superiority of the Western civilization, Judeo Christian tradition and European manifest destiny are some of the underlying ethos of Euro-centrism and American exceptionalism.
The Euro-centrist Islamophobs and neo-cons forget that Islam was a dominant world power and at the pinnacle of human civilization from to AD having its own system of limited monarchy, republicanism, constitutionalism, humanism, freedom of conscience and religion, tolerance for dissent whether temporal or religious, well developed and crafted socio-economic, politico-religious and scientifico-cultural institutions.
The Islamic theology, philosophy, ethico-political thought and scientific discoveries served as a catalyst to the European Humanism, Renaissance, Reformation and Enlightenment which heralded both the American and French Enlightenments and Revolutions.
They were Unitarian Muhammadan Christians rather than traditional Christians. The Twelfth Century Renaissance: The transition from the Dark Ages to Medieval Renaissance began in the twelfth century partly due to the translation of countless philosophical and scientific Arabic manuscripts to Latin.
Each was based in part upon the knowledge and ideas already present in the Latin West, in part upon an influx of new learning and literature from the East. But whereas the Renaissance of the fifteenth century was concerned primarily with literature, that of the twelfth century was concerned even more with philosophy and science.
And while in the Quattrocento the foreign source was wholly Greek, in the twelfth century it was also Arabic, derived from Spain and Sicily and Syria and Africa as well as from Constantinople.
They also absorbed the Egyptian, Persian, Chinese and Indian traditions of knowledge and created an Islamic synthesis in conformity with the fundamental principles of their faith.
Certain of the caliphs especially favored learning, while the universal diffusion of the Arabic language made communication easy and spread a common culture throughout Islam, regardless of political divisions.
The most vigorous scientific and philosophical activity of the early Middle Ages lay in the lands of the Prophet, whether in the fields of medicine and mathematics or in those of astronomy, astrology, and alchemy. To their Greek inheritance the Arabs added something of their own: The reception of this science in Western Europe marks a turning-point in the history of European intelligence.
Until the twelfth century the intellectual contacts between Christian Europe and the Arab world were few and unimportant. Christian Spain was merely a transmitter to the North. The great adventure of the European scholar lay in the Peninsula…the lure of Spain began to act only in the twelfth century, and the active impulse toward the spread of Arabic learning came from beyond the Pyrenees and from men of diverse origins.
Much in their biography and relations with one another is still obscure. Their work was at first confined to no single place, but translation was carried on at Barcelona, Tarazona, Segovia, Leon, Pampiona, as well as beyond the Pyrenees at Toulouse, Beziers, Narbonne, and Marseilles.
Later, however, the chief centre became Toledo. Sicily had been under the Muslim rule from to Their lucrative international trade with the Middle East was on going long before the Crusades. The Italian merchants transmitted a host of skills, sciences, arts and values to the Italian Peninsula.
The process was not impeded by the Norman conquest of Sicily.Irish relatives Michael Hanrahan. The motto on the crest is in the Irish language. Michael Hanrahan was born in Ireland.
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