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Monday, March 13, 2006

Muslims and Western Civilization

Some of the rhetoric current among Islamaphobes includes the idea that civilization belongs to western European nations only. These folks even go so far as to discount and rewrite the history which shows the many material cultural improvements contributed by Muslim thinkers and inventors to that very European civilization.

These efforts by the Islamaphobes are dim-witted and clearly spurred on by hatred and ill-informed historical awareness. Much like Holocaust-deniers, these Islamaphobic historians neglect facts that most who have studied history accept. The following article lists 20 of those most important material cultural items that Muslims have left posterity. ...

According to the Independent:

10 Many modern surgical instruments are of exactly the same design as those devised in the 10th century by a Muslim surgeon called al-Zahrawi. His scalpels, bone saws, forceps, fine scissors for eye surgery and many of the 200 instruments he devised are recognisable to a modern surgeon. It was he who discovered that catgut used for internal stitches dissolves away naturally (a discovery he made when his monkey ate his lute strings) and that it can be also used to make medicine capsules. In the 13th century, another Muslim medic named Ibn Nafis described the circulation of the blood, 300 years before William Harvey discovered it. Muslims doctors also invented anaesthetics of opium and alcohol mixes and developed hollow needles to suck cataracts from eyes in a technique still used today.

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