MOOR ON THE OTHER STOLEN LEGACY
Prior to the rise of Europe in the last 500 years, there was another dominant civilization–and it wasn’t the white guys wallowing in the squalor at the west end of Asia (meaning the “continent” of Europe–as if Europe is a genuine “continent”–it is only a “continent” in the ideology of white supremacy). Western civilization is built off of what came to it thru the Moors of Spain (who were a multi-ethnic group of people–and not just “Arabs,” as many of the Western historians attempt to portray).
While “Europe consisted of a few relatively insignificant kingdoms 700 years ago, the Islamic domain stretched from Nigeria across the Saharah, Norht Africa, much of eastern coastal Africa, the “Middle East”, Iraq, Persia, the “Stans” (Afghanistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, Pakistan, etc.), India, Bangladesh, parts of Cambodia/Thailand, Maylaysia, and into the Indonesia/Philipino Achipelogos and also the western fronteir of China. Most of those folks are not “whites.” But whites will pretend that they “discovered” all of these people and brought “civilization” to them. They fail to mention where they got their sciences from. Here is a sample of those white guys who sat at the feet of non-whites and took the knowledge back to their people living in darkness (of knowledge–not skin tone).
ISLAMIC WORLD AND THE WESTERN RENAISSANCE
Dr. S. M. Ghazanfar
While the “occidental-oriental” dichotomy of recent centuries identifies the World of Islam as separate and `Eastern,’ that world, is inextricably linked with the West. In general, however, “Westerners – Europeans – have great difficulty in considering the possibility that they are in some way seriously indebted to the Arab [Islamic] world, or that the Arabs [Muslims] were central to the making of medieval Europe” (Maria Menocal, The Arabic Role in Medieval Literary History; 1987; p.xiii). Two notable contemporary exceptions are: Carl Sagan, the Nobel laureate astronomer (Princeton University) and John Esposito, Director, Center for Muslim-Christian Understanding, Georgetown University. Both have candidly talked of West’s Judeo-Christian-and-Islamic heritage. Esposito talked of this heritage recently, and added, “Nobody ever told me that,” and that he “was always taught the linkages between Judaism and Chistianity…” (CNN, 12/15/95).
This thesis may be corroborated by merely presenting a few quotations from eminent past and present scholars (interested readers may wish to consult the references for greater detail):
1. “No historical student of the culture of Western Europe can ever reconstruct for himself the intellectual values of the later Middle Ages unless he possesses a vivid awareness of Islam looming in the background.” (Pierce Butler, “Fifteenth Century of Arabic Authors in Latin Translation, in the McDonald Presentation Volume; Freeport, N.Y., 1933; p.63)
2. “The Arab has left his intellectual impress on Europe, as, before long, Christendom will have to confess; he has indelibly written it on the heavens, as anyone may see who reads the names of the stars on a common celestial globe.” (John W. Draper, History of the Intellectual Development of Europe, Harper & Row; Vol.2, 1876 & 1904; p.42)
3. “Because Europe was reacting against Islam it belittled the influence of Saracens [Muslims] and exaggerated its dependence on its Greek and Roman heritage. So today an important task for us is to correct this false emphasis and to acknowledge fully our debt to the Arab and Islamic world” (W. Montgomery Watt, Islamic Surveys: The Influence of Islam on Medieval Europe; Edinburgh, England; 1972; p.84).