What The West Needs to Know about Muslim civilization
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgg42N3YBds
The Golden Age of Islam presents an amazing time of questioning, exploring, experimentation, and all things having to do with natural sciences.

"The period following the fall of Rome to the barbarian hordes of Europe, is referred to as the Dark Ages, roughly the 6th to 13th centuries, a period of intellectual darkness between extinguishing the "light of Rome" after the end of Late Antiquity, and the rise of the Italian Renaissance in the 14th century. However, Europeans had always been mired in barbarism, known to the Greeks as Scythians or Celts.

"Rather, the Dark Ages were dominated by a brilliant Muslim civilization which, after resuscitating the study of classical science, was responsible for its introduction to the West. The Muslim city of Baghdad in the ninth and tenth centuries became the intellectual center of the world, the environment that produced the Arabian Nights, through which the splendors of the court of Harun al-Rashid became legendary in the West."
~ Muslim Civilization
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Sgg42N3YBds

Some may interpret this video as a Muslim propaganda piece; just look at the facts that can be found through the internet. Theirs was an incredible era of discovery and diversity, including Muslims, Jews, Christians, Asian religions and atheists. Ideas, thoughts, and exploration informed them in ways that dogmatism cannot.

"In the 12th Century, disaster struck. Imam Hamid al-Ghazali declared that mathematics was the work of the devil, and he rejected rationalism and naturalism as valid ways to understand the world."
Missionaries and Colonization
http://postcolonialweb.org/zimbabwe/religion/arntsen3.html

Missionaries and the Fight Against Colonialism
http://www.postcolonialweb.org/zimbabwe/religion/arntsen2.html

“Revelation replaced investigation!"
~ Neil deGrasse Tyson
Christianity, like Islam before it: back to the dark ages
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JQoLbPudHTE

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I've heard the same accusations regarding Hamid al-Ghazali, courtesy of Neil deGrasse Tyson, and how islamic society and culture seemingly turned on a dime because of his BS.  A scary business, that, and more so that the attitude of one man could so negatively impact a culture even nine centuries separated from his life and work.

It gives me to wonder if al-Ghazali realized that science and rationality would be the ultimate death of islam and he reacted on that basis.

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