Monday, August 13, 2007

Blinded Me With Science

And this is why I'm not PC.

Historical note

When people discuss the 'glory days' of Islamic science, they're discussing two different periods, separated not only by time but also by space. The first period occurred rather briefly in Baghdad around the 9th and 10th centuries AD. The second in Spain about the 14th century. Neither period lasted long and, maybe I shouldn't point this out, a great many of the scientists and mathematicians responsible were not Muslim. They were Jews.

I'm not belittling anyone's accomplishments. But intellectual curiosity basically died in the Arab world after the 11th Century. The Spanish period was probably an aberration under very special circumstances.

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