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Our dear Renox صلى الله عليه وسلم and very brief introduction to Hunein Ibn Ishaq

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Dec 13, 2021 at 07:43

Our dear Renox is not aware that the books of Greek learning were collected and translated, in Dar al-Hikma in Baghdad, by Nestorians (Syriac Christians) and on the top of the list would be: Hunein Ibn Ishaq and members of the Bukhtishu family who were also Nestorians whose mother tongue was Syriac. These treasures were translated first to Syriac and then to Arabic.

Example? Galen's work in medicine.

https://www.academia.edu/1150211/Hunayn_bin_Ishaq_The_Great_Translator

https://sites.google.com/a/kw.books-now.com/fermasimpla6/9780842529341-41abamGEsubsbi44

Notice that Hunein Ibn Ishaq introduced, and Arabized, many technical words in medicine. Examples? بلغم or Sputum, طحال or Spleen. These words did not exist in the Arabic language in 7th century Arabia

Notice that the Persian Abbasids and not the Arabs that were interested in these translations. The Arabs? They were burning copies of the Qur'an and books of both Greek leaning (in Alexandria) and Persian leaning in Ctesiphon (or so we are told). And later on brutalizing your Hindu ancestors and destroying the Buddhist library at Nalanda. And we have the infamous quote attributed to Omar, and I'm paraphrasing: Burn the books (of the infidels) if what is written in them is in the book of Allah and burn them if what is written is contrary to what is the book of Allah.

Compare these treasures with the silly claims of medicine in the Qur'an that semen comes from the lower back bones (sacrum may be) and that women also create semen that comes from the chest bone area! And this is only one example.

So what really happened?

1. Hunein Ibn Ishaq collected the books of Greek learning the likes of Galen and translated the books to Syriac and then to Arabic and in the process expanded the Arabic language vocabulary.

2. The Jews in Spain translated these literary treasures from Arabic to Catalan and Christian monks in Spain translated the Catalan translations to Latin and in the process they preserved the Greek heritage of the West and the Judeo-Christian tradition

Did you learn something new today?

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