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Submitted by Lucas (Ireland), Apr 8, 2007 at 08:19

There are many who would disagree with your assessment that Islamic Civilisation has been all that great:

Almost Islamic Philosophers of note were Atheists or Heretics of some form or another and all were decried for heresy: For example, Ibn Rushd's works do not survive except in part and only in translation in Latin as they were all destroyed . As al Ghazali noted that almost all of the philosophers wrote works that were kufr / heretical or bida / innovatory.

The once great Persian empire, once the most advanced civilisation in the world and which was the first with to abolish slavery and establish a bill of rights has been reduced to Iran - a state that follows Sharia Law and therefore theoretically allows slavery.
The Byzantine Empire and the Egyptian Empire have shared a similar Islamic dark age.
The Berbers of North Africa said of the Muslim Arabs that they were like "a swarm of locusts" obliterating and supressing all culture (Architecture, Art, Literature, Music) and language as they assimilated these people into Islam - this is also the case today where history taught in Islamic countries as well as Islamic schools in the West is focused almost exclusively on the history of Islam, and not the history of the people themselves.

It appears that once an Islamic system is set up in a country it takes about 200 years for all scientific and cultural advancement to be utterly suffocated and destroyed. As has been noted elsewhere (I could dig it out), the "flowering" of Islamic culture need not be seen as such but rather the death of earlier greater cultures.

This same phenomenon can be seen in Islamic countries today - they seek only practical science (i.e backwards engineering of western technologies) and no theoretical science.

A comparison of the no. of Jewish and Muslim scientists who have won Nobel prizes for Science or Medicine is instructive: 2 Muslim scientists (from 1,400,000,000 people [+ earlier generations] ) and 118 Jewish (from 12,000,000 people [+ earlier generations]).

I find it hard to disagree with the opinion that "Islam is cancer for a society"

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