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in response to reader comment: J.A. Morris, just for the sake of accuracy.

Submitted by J.S. (Canada), Sep 28, 2006 at 13:48

I've read a number of history texts which debate the answer to the question: "Why did Muslim civilization go into decline?" As you can imagine, there are as many answers as there are historians.

I recently read a "letter to the editor" (written by a Muslim) who claimed that the Rennaissance was the result of the west's contact with Muslim civilization...I have a fear that the history texts will soon all be re-written to establish as "fact" that Christian "enlightenment" was thanks to Muslim civilization...The standard or accepted version (minus the Islamic propaganda) was that the west re-discovered the ancient Greeks (perhaps through some translations from Arabs), but it was Greek civilization, not Islamic civilization that brought the enlightenment to the Dark Ages of Europe...

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