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Submitted by Oliver (United States), Apr 12, 2007 at 22:57

Pierre (your 'Christian' name?),

I didn't mean that as a 'dig', really. I know - I know - islam was all 'blood and guts' from about 630 AD to about 750 AD then it ran up against the sharp point of the sword in France (your homeland perhaps?) and in the East. So, conquest became a little more difficult and things began the settle down at 'home' in the present day middle-east, although there was still alot of fighting going on around the borders (those pesky barbarians) in the heartland the new califate took some time to encourage the reading of the works of the greeks and romans - maybe even the persians. Only problem was not many (if any) arabs could read (arabic did not become a written language until sometime after mohammad's death - so that's why he had to 'recite' it) so most of the reading and the thinking and the creating got done by the decendents of the original peoples of the middle-east and not by the inventors of islam. So, islam had nothing to do with any cultural advancements that occured after islam reared its ugly head - they would have probably happened anyway even if islam had never showed up. And that was my original point that perhaps you missed.

Now while the Mongols did disrupt things for the islamists of their day - the Huns and a pantheon of other 'Barbarians' really wiped out civilization - brought it to a stand-still - in Europe. Thus we have the Dark Ages you like so much to talk about - would that islam had suffered so complete a destruction at the hands of the Mongols - still Charles Martel (a countryman of yours perhaps) was able turn the islamic tide from western Europe - and praise the TRUE and LIVING GOD for that.

Around about 800 AD, the islamic 'thinkers' began putting together the sunnah and codifying the quran, you know - writing things down on paper instead of just 'reciting' everything as best as anyone could remember. Say, didn't mohammad have someone murdered for writing down the things he was 'reciting'? Oh, never mind that. After they got it all written down and looking pretty - the 'thinkers' thought some more and came up with that brilliant piece of literary genious the Sharia Laws - this is islam's great contribution to civilization.

Well, you know, I could go on just reporting history as it really happened but we don't have the time for that as it took a real long time to get it done the first time around. If I were you, I'd reconsider my decision of submission . . . may the TRUE and LIVING GOD help you to see the TRUTH.

Submitting....

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