Dharmasherab wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:13 pm
While the Islamic world during the Middle ages was developed more than Europe at that time, it is also incorrect and a gross exaggeration to say that the Islamic Empire was the pinnacle or world civilisation and wealth.
The above seems to be a rather bizarre, illogical & contradictory sentence. If the Islamic world during the Middle ages was developed more than Europe at that time, as admitted, then which other civilization was the pinnacle or world civilisation and wealth? Surely, only isolationist China could be? Regardless, the post is an irrelevant reply to what I posted, which was about how the Islamic Empire was taken over by very violent people due its wealth. The point of my post was to explain it was not really Muslims who attacked Buddhism in India but often ex-Buddhists.
Dharmasherab wrote: ↑
Thu Nov 23, 2017 4:13 pmMyths of Islam: Islam Facilitated the Golden Age of Scientific Discovery
First, the Muslim world benefited greatly from the Greek sciences, which were translated for them by dhimmi Christians and Jews. To their credit, Muslims did a better job of preserving Greek text than did the Europeans of the time, and this became the foundation for their own knowledge. (Although one large reason is that access by Christians to this part of their world was cut off by Muslim slave ships and coastal raids that dominated the Mediterranean during this period).
Secondly, many of the scientific advances credited to Islam were actually “borrowed” from other cultures conquered by the Muslims. The algebraic concept of “zero”, for example, is erroneously attributed to Islam when it was, in fact, a Hindu discovery that was merely introduced to the West by Muslims
The above quote is more illogical non-sense & something written by a mind without any Buddha-Dhamma. The mind of Buddha-Dhamma
discerns cause & effect
and, when appropriate, has a sense of gratitude
towards cause & effect. When read with a mind of Buddha-Dhamma (truth discerning wisdom
) rather than with a mind of Bodhicitta (lust
& intrusiveness to convert all beings to Buddhism), the following is discerned from the above quote:
1. The Muslims preserved Greek & other sciences rather than destroyed other knowledge, like the Christians did in Europe.
2. The Muslims did not kill Christians and Jews but allowed Christians and Jews to develop their talents, which is why Jews in particular became very wealthy under Islam and why Muslims favoured Jews in financial & business matters over Christians.
3. It is ridiculous to say the Muslims cut off access to Greek science from Greece
given Greece was part of the Byzantine Empire, which was between Europe & Islam. It was obviously the Christians who destroy Greek & other Pagan science & philosophy in Europe, including Buddhism, which probably plunged Europe into the Dark Ages.
4. In summary, it does not matter if Islam borrowed ideas from other cultures. The point is Islam advanced those ideas & provided a secular
environment for advancement of those ideas.
5. The article is so ignorant it contradicts itself because it affirms the Muslims did not destroy science, Christians, Jews & others.
Paganism was made illegal by an edict of the Emperor Theodosius I in 391. Theodosius I (Latin: Flavius Theodosius Augustus; 11 January 347 – 17 January 395), also known as Theodosius the Great, was Roman Emperor from AD 379 to AD 395. Theodosius was the last emperor to rule over both the eastern and the western halves of the Roman Empire. He ... issued decrees that effectively made Orthodox Nicene Christianity the official state church of the Roman Empire