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  • Lost History The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists Thinkers and Artists
  • Michael Hamilton Morgan
  • English
  • 09 February 2018
  • 9781426200922

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Lost History The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists Thinkers and Artists Free read ↠ 0 Michael Hamilton Morgan ð 0 Read Gures who revolutionized the mathematics astronomy and medicine of their time and paved the way for Newton Copernicus and many others And he reminds us that inspired leaders from Muhammad to Suleiman the Magnificent and beyond championed religious tolerance encouraged intellectual inuiry and sponsored artistic architectural and literary works that still dazzle us with their brilliance Lost History finally affords pioneering leaders with the proper credit and respect they so richly deserve This book was a present from my oldest brother and it has been waiting to be read for uite some time but for some reason I kept postponing it possibly because I am so used to fiction that non fiction was a bit daunting Now I realise that it was good that I read it now because I think when I was younger I wouldn t really have been as engrossed as I was now This book enlightened me on so many things that I had a vague idea about but not to the extent that I know now I was reading this book at times knowing what I was reading and then being hit suddenly by a fact that I had no idea about This book kept fascinating me until the end and the amount of times I exclaimed oh really is inumerable As interesting as it was there were instances when there seemed to be a bit of repetition which slowed down the reading for me but other than that a deeply engrossing read that I would recommend to anyone D

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Lost History The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists Thinkers and Artists

Lost History The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists Thinkers and Artists Free read ↠ 0 Michael Hamilton Morgan ð 0 Read Into Islam's historic achievements but also the ancient resentments that fuel today's bitter conflictsMichael Hamilton Morgan reveals how early Muslim advancements in science and culture lay the cornerstones of the European Renaissance the Enlightenment and modern Western society As he chronicles the Golden Ages of Islam beginning in 570 ad with the birth of Muhammad and resonating today he introduces scholars like Ibn Al Haytham Ibn Sina Al Tusi Al Khwarizmi and Omar Khayyam towering fi One of the best books I ever read and I got it by coincidence Whats so great about this book is that it speaks fairly from multiple points of view it s not defensive or biased And the fact that I don t agree with every single point in it is indicative enough It illuminates some historical occurrences that s almost forgotten or neglected or even deliberately ignored It has a way of linking the past and present that makes me wish I had a time machine to visit those timesThe book has some great uotes to share and I probably recommended the book to every single person who asked me to recommend them a good bookYou won t be wasting your time reading this book

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Lost History The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists Thinkers and Artists Free read ↠ 0 Michael Hamilton Morgan ð 0 Read In an era when the relationship between Islam and the West seems mainly defined by mistrust and misunderstanding we often forget that for centuries Muslim civilization was the envy of the world Essential reading for anyone seeking to understand the major role played by the early Muslim world in influencing modern society Lost History fills an important void Written by an award winning author and former diplomat with extensive experience in the Muslim world it provides new insight not only There are significant problems with the historical reading of Muslim intellectual contributions in this book The arguments Morgan makes are interesting but overall Morgan builds his arguments on useful but muddle headed illusions that allow him to attribute ownership of intellectual ideas like a patent lawyer would assign intellectual property rights It might be useful and lucrative to hold the patent on the electric light bulb but only in a very weak sense can it be said that this is a results of American culture without neglecting a great deal of intellectual antecedents that had nothing to do with America Yet Morgan frames his arguments in this fashionOne interesting aspect of this book that sets it apart from other works like Menocal s excellent Ornament of the World is that Morgan attempts to build the argument that Islam as a set of religious values is not antithetical to scientific progress That s a very timely point and one that has not received a fair hearingHowever Morgan tries to demonstrate this point through some references to the Koran and through the weight of so many examples of science flourishing within Islam that Islam encourages innovation and learning particularly from other cultures The latter makes some sense but makes for a boring overview of famous Muslims many of which are not Muslim at all as Morgan admits As for the argument from Koranic uotes I think it is a grave mistake to take uotes from holy books as evidence of religious culture and values as they are lived by followers of the religion So at best Morgan can only go as far as to say that there is no explicit exclusion of learning within the text of the KoranIt s a good point actually If Islam has a reputation for intellectual conservatism it only deserves this reputation in regards to religious innovations not scientific ones In fact innovation has a distinctly negative connotation in the theology of Islam particularly among the Sunnah This theological conservatism may be a reflection of the Islamic concept that Mohammed put the icing on the cake of prophecy having revealed the final and unalterable word through his recitation the Koran This conservatism is so strong that even translations of the Koran into other languages or dialects including the updated written Arabic form taught in schools of the Arabic speaking world is considered to change the meaning too much to reflect the true revelationHowever the notion of innovation features mainly in the power struggles and in real theological debate and does not cross over into the realm of science Religious innovation remains a point of inflexibility among sects such as the followers of Wahabism and those who have used these fundamentalists to bolster their power chief among them the powerful Saudi royal family The Saudi connection just illuminates the sciencereligion dichotomy even as the two major outreach projects of the Saudi family are 1 its building of extravagant Mosues throughout the Muslim world and 2 its rich investment in its educational and scientific research infrastructure with the latter being a recent development and so much less developed at the moment So here you have a single cultural entity that both encourages science and an inflexible reading of the KoranOutlining the very complex relationship between science and Islam is a strong point of Morgan s book and I wish he had expounded up on it to a greater extent Instead what he has done is reworked the same set of myths about science that are so common in culturally centered treatises And there are really two main fallacies in this approach First that a culture can take credit for an innovation like the concept of zero or algebra which could not have discovered or would have just as soon been forgotten were it not for ideas from other cultures upon which it was founded and because of which the concept itself became valuable Second that it was a particular culture or religious tradition that was responsible for the discovery or development of that idea In fact there are many examples in this book of Persians and Jews who made their discoveries within Islamic ruled countries How can these discoveries be attributed to Islam Jews are not Muslims and Persian culture was uite different and Persian science and math was much developed than what erupted out of the Persian Gulf around 700 ADI admit to a certain romantic view of the Middle East and North Africa during this period but Morgan s book goes much to far in declaring Islam the spur for scientific innovation or at least the grease in the axle A better reading is that Islam was not an impediment to science and math and that the expansion of the Islamic empire happened to draw an artificial boundary that roped in the scientific achievements of an area of the world that in a fortunate accident for Muslim expansion happened to be at its intellectual apogee and its military perigee