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  •  The mathematics texts that we have ... (6+ / 0-)

    from Babylon to Islam are themselves remarkable.  Some concepts that were not developed in the West until hundreds of years later have been found in texts dating to BCE.

    •  I'm still trying to figure out what happened (5+ / 0-)

      to education in the Islamic world.

      In the early centuries, knowledge was highly prized, at least by most Muslims. There were a few tragedies that shouldn't have been, but it's the long-term decline from a culture that was responsible for preserving much of the Classical heritage through translations in Arabic to a backwater society that stagnated for the better part of half a millennium.

      There are sayings of the prophet Muhammad (pbuh) that "an hour of learning is better than a lifetime of Jihad." What happened to that view in the Muslim world?

      •  That view is still there, but (4+ / 0-)

        we're not meant to know about that in the West.

        Plus, I imagine with the combination of Wahhabism and its ilk, plus its financial pull with the various totalitarian governments, people engaged in real learning probably keep their head down as a matter of survival.

        "Seek knowledge, even in China" is in the Koran, iirc.
        ("China" indicating even the furthest reaches of the world)


        Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

        by Jim P on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:32:43 PM PST

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    •  Plus the Antikythera Mechanism, a 2ndC BC (6+ / 0-)

      solar-system-tracker computer. It took us, after its recovery from a shipwreck, over a century to even figure out what it was for. It shows that it wasn't just theoretic knowledge our forebears possessed. And how many other devices disappeared? And schematics for devices?
      http://www.antikythera-mechanism.gr/...

      What background of knowledge, unknown to us, did people like Hypatia have.


      Markos! Not only are the Gates Not Crashed, they've fallen on us. Actual Representatives are what we urgently need, because we have almost none.

      by Jim P on Sun Jan 20, 2013 at 04:38:57 PM PST

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