Muslim inventions that shaped the modern world – CNN.com

http://edition.cnn.com/2010/WORLD/meast/01/29/muslim.inventions/index.html

    Why are you so surprised that there was science going on elsewhere at a time when western Europeans were scratching their armpits while eating with their fingers?

    There’s an implied condescension, as if to say, “See? They really aren’t as backward as you think they are.” This typically Western biased view of Islam neglects to point out that all non-western Europe old-world cultures from China to Morocco were part of this great exchange in goods, ideas and science. Europe represented a relatively minor and unimportant section of Eurasia until after the Crusades and it was only during the Renaissance that they fully caught up and began innovating. Unfortunately, Europe also learned about gunpowder from the Turks.



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