What Islam Did For Us: Understanding Islam's Contribution to Western Civilization

What Islam Did For Us: Understanding Islam's Contribution to Western Civilization

by Tim Wallace-Murphy
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What Islam Did For Us: Understanding Islam's Contribution to Western Civilization by Tim Wallace-Murphy

In these troubled and extremist times, when the religion and culture of Islam is under seemingly perpetual attack, it is salutary to consider how much we have in common, and how much we, in the Christian West, owe to the spiritual insights of that great culture. Religious toleration, respect for learning, the concepts of chivalry and brotherhood - these principles were brought by the Islamic Moors when, in medieval Spain, they acted as 'Beacons of Light' in the Dark Ages of European religious arrogance, intolerance and persecution.

The Moors gave Europe an architectural and artistic heritage that is still a source of wonder to the modern world. It was in translation from Arabic, not the original Greek, that knowledge of the Greek philosophy became prominent in Christian thought. Western mathematics are based on Arabic numerals and calculations, and the first effective medical school in Europe was founded by Jewish doctors who had been trained in Moorish Spain and North Africa.

Tim Wallace-Murphy shows how over the last century it was European Western Powers who laid the foundations for the chaos that reigns in the Middle East. We need to find a just and equitable solution to these problems and we should begin by acknowledging our common spiritual heritage and the profound debt that Western civilization owes to Islamic culture.

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ISBN-13: 9781780282558
Publisher: Watkins Media
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Sold by: Penguin Random House Publisher Services
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 1
Sales rank: 399,562
File size: 454 KB

About the Author

Tim Wallace-Murphy is an author, lecturer and historian and has written several bestsellers: The Mark of The Beast (with Trevor Ravenscroft), Rex Deus. The True Mystery of Rennes-Le-Chateau and Rosslyn: Guardian of the Secrets of the Holy Grail, which provided invaluable, source material to Dan Brown for his best-selling novel, The Da Vinci Code. His most recent book is Cracking the Symbol Code.

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Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Amazing, not bias and very honest.