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There was no 'Golden Age' of Islam

Islam's 'greatness' is just another marxist myth.

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Henri Pirenne aptly describes the contraction of Western Mediterranean trade with the Christian Byzantium empire and beyond, due the Muhammandan invasions of the 7th century.  Ports were emptied, urban life was circumscribed, raw materials began to vanish, gold circulation dropped, papyrus disappeared, and Western Europe become a collection of localities and long-distance trade almost vanished.  This is simply common sense, when one views the Roman empire, as one centred around and dominated by the Mediterranean, now sliced in half and largely controlled by Muhammadan ships, pirates and armies.  Rome sacked in 840, Genoa in 945, all the major islands and coast lines in the Tyrrhenian sea controlled by Muhammad’s cult.

 

The only part Islam had to play in helping establish modernity was as a trading zone stretching from Morocco to the borders of China – but one controlled by Muslims and one which discriminated against trade with Western Europe.  Venice, an outpost of Byzantium grew wealthy from trade with the Christian and Muslim states to its east and south.  But in the rest of Europe, until Genoa and Pisa, along with the Spanish Christian Reconquista during the 10th century, rolled back the Muhammadans, everywhere was contraction.  There is no evidence that in any other realm be it in medicine, the arts, sciences, math, philosophy, economy or politics, Islam invented anything of value.  All was known and developed by non-Muslims who simply squatted on far richer civilisations – ones weakened by a century of plague and war. 

 

The oft-repeated lie – that Islam was a vital part of creating the modern world – is ridiculous. Islam's modern poverty in all matters secular and ecclesiastical has been apparent since the beginning of Arab imperialism. Arab culture created and spread Islamic doctrine. The Koran is the uber-tool of Arab imperialism. Is it not curious that Muslims must chant in Arabic when 80% don't speak the language? If that is not a bizarre form of imperialism than what is it? [or do you really believe that the moon cult deity spoke a minor language to an illiterate pagan Arab circa 615 A.D.?].

 

Islamic apologists including respected academics like Bernard Lewis who is portrayed as a crank and critic of Islam, always trot out the 'golden age' of Islamic brilliance between 900 A.D. and 1100 A.D. when Europe was in the 'dark' ages and European civilisation apparently lagged so far behind that of the conquering Arabs and Muslims. In this bizarre view, only the Arab-Muslim world was rich, wealthy, educated and on the path to 'inventing' modern medicine [wrong] and implementing the creation of the zero [a Hindu invention], as well engaging in rapturous and learned enterprises of literature, philosophy, astronomy, and resurrecting ancient Greek texts of all varieties on all subjects.

 

It sounds so romantic and just – handsome Bedouins in flowing robes with papyrus texts earnestly discussing Aristotle over mocha coffee in a Baghdad madrassa. Honest, caring Muslims, so accepting of all cultures, religions and ideas, intent on furthering the powers of civilisation. Peaceful Arabs striving to create modern science, modern economy, modern politics and the theorems that underpin the modern world. How sweet and how ridiculous.

 

Islam was created by the Arabs as a tool of imperialism. The Arabs conquered the Near East, North Africa, parts of Europe, the Sudan, southern Russia, Persia, and parts of India and beyond. The Arabs by design and luck conquered far richer empires and this wealth allowed the Muslim empire to survive and thrive. It was not something that the Arabs invented or did that created civilisation or wealth. It was what they took that made them rich, and it was how they used Infidels, Dhimmis (second class citizens) to further develop some areas of Spain (eg. Cordoba in a limited way), or the former Persian metropolis at Baghdad. 

 

Byzantium, weakened by almost 100 years of plague (‘Justinian' plagues) which killed maybe 1/3 of its total population and the constant wars with Persia and 'barbarians' to the north, was still the richest and most cosmopolitan centre of civilisation in the world when the Arabs quickly defeated the emasculated and poorly led empire in Israel and Syria. Though the city of Constantinople held out until 1453, the richest areas of the Eastern Roman empire inexorably fell to the Arabs – including all the loot, assets and trade of the key region straddling modern day Anatolia, Lebanon, Syria and northern Iraq. Once shorn of its rich provinces the end for Byzantium was a matter of time and only staved off through great tenacity, military prowess and invention [including the use of Greek fire, a pre-modern flame thrower], and control over the Black sea trade routes.

 

The same is true of Persia, a much more advanced civilisation than anything the Arabs could imagine and a main conduit of east-west trade and commerce. Vast irrigation, canal works, engineering feats and imposing cities with running water dominated the Zoroastrian-Farsi culture. For 1500 years the Persians had believed in the teachings of Zoroaster a man with similar views to that of Christ, until the Arabs forcibly converted – on pain of death or higher taxes – the Farsi elite to Islam. It must have been bitter indeed for the Persians, once the conquerors of the Arabs and the world's super-power, to submit to Islamic imperialism.

 

The Jewish and Christian states were likewise far more civilised and modern than anything that the Arabs had ever seen. Straddling key trade routes these states showing precocious urban and engineering development, but were however, quite weak militarily and easy conquests for the Arabs. As with Persia, Jewish-Christian wealth flowed to the new Arab leadership and the Jews and Christians were either killed, taxed or deported [with their assets stolen by Arabs]. In any event by 900 A.D. the richest areas of the Near East and North Africa were in Arab hands. Such was the basis of the 'Islamic Golden Age'. In modern parlance we call it 'squatting'.

 

The Islamic and Muslim empire was of course hardly monolithic. It stretched across a wide area of the world. Arabs, Turks, Persians and others took leadership turns or established regional empires or sub-empires. Yet just because these states squatted on, and took advantage of pre-existing trade routes, urban centres, engineering development, and all manners of learning, does not make them 'enlightened' or advanced. Once the Arabs and their successors took over these lands what happened? What was developed and improved? What was invented? These are the key questions which are never answered.

 

The short answer is not much.

 

Science in the Muhammadan ‘Golden Age’ was premised only on translated texts of ancient Greek thinkers – translated it should be said by Nestorian Christians and Jews. No independent empirical deduction existed in Islam. Roger Bacon and others, during the supposed 'Dark Ages' of Europe in the 13th century, invented the scientific method, much of it premised on socio-cultural developments starting in the 11th century. No improvement was thus made on the ideas and 'laws' of the ancient Greeks by the Muslims, nor did they advance rational inquiry which is the premise of scientific discovery. Pythagoras, Euclid, Archimedes and others who existed 1300 years before the Golden Age of Islam, were I do recall, Greek mathematicians and experimenters.  Christian scientists - not Muslim - embarked on the investigations which led to the rational revolution and modern science.

 

The Muslims were inferior to the Greeks in geometry, calculus, the basic sciences, engineering [the Greeks were building domes and advanced arches that the Arabs could never replicate], philosophy, history [see Herodotus], and agriculture. They were also inferior to the Hindus in algebra where the zero became a revolutionary and entirely Hindu creation. As well the Muslims were far less advanced less the Zoroastrian Persians in matters of urban and irrigation technology including the building of canals, irrigation systems and even roads.

 

So, in essence what was this mythical Muslim golden age? It appears likely that the main Muslim commitment to helping develop the modern world was three-fold. First, they incorporated the learning, techniques and advances of the more sophisticated empires which they conquered. This amalgam of various influences can be seen in the development of Islamic society over the period 800-1400 A.D. Second, they helped spread knowledge, abetted by the Greek and Jewish translations of once forgotten Greek inventions and ideas. Lastly, they provided the means of trade between east and west which facilitated the exchange of everything from products to new military technology.

 

This then is about the sum of the Arabic-Islamic 'Golden Age'. One should also note this. The 'Dark Ages' in Europe were not that dark. They are called the dark ages because of the lack of information and description about society at that time. Yet inventions aplenty populated Europe during the rise of the Islamic empire. Agricultural techniques, harnesses, new military technologies, medicine, urbanisation and the rise of the burgess or merchant bourgeois, the building of roads and canals, all this and more dominated the so-called 'Middle Ages'.

 

The Europeans took a thickly forested, difficult, and rough land and turned it, over a painfully long period, into the centre of world civilisation. They were also able to equip and send out vast expeditions of men to the Holy Land, in a series of crusades designed to reclaim historical Christendom from the Turk, as well as roll back the Islamic invasion of Europe. Such a feat of logistics resulting in a 200-year occupation of the Holy Land would not characterise a poor and muddled civilisation. The Europeans learnt a lot from the Crusades about commerce, trade, building and military techniques. The Muslims, never interested in kaffirs, learnt a lot less. The decline of Islam was thus assured.

 

The Muslims and Arabs never advanced civilisation. They were content to squat and let the 'dhimmis' in their midst engage in building modern commerce; conduct inquiries and invent and create. The Koran as tool of power might be effective in making people submit and stay submissive. It is a tool of fascist-pagan oppression, designed to keep the masses ignorant and the wealthy powerful. Melding church and state, not allowing inquiry or risk [for instance disallowing biopsy or commercial interest], disavowing individuality, not creating institutions of law, politics and free expression – these defects and more reflect the anti-modern program of Arab imperialism.

 

Since these factors were in play 1000 years ago, how could there ever have been a Muslim 'Golden Age'? How does one explain this beautiful time of 300 million dead, due to racist and supremacist ideals? Even the divided and far less populated Christian states of Europe, never united against Islam, and in fact at times allied with it in their various internal wars, were in the case of France, England or Northern Italy more than a match for the entire Islamic world by 1300 A.D. Why was this?

 

The reasons should be obvious. Never forget that Islam was spread by the sword. Conversions were forced or taken by people to avoid the dhimmi [apartheid] tax and social repercussions and oppression of being a 'kaffir' [Arab word originally denoting a black slave]. In this vein Islam for many centuries was concerned with power and with military force. The men involved were originally pagan, and much preoccupied with original lusts – money, land, and women. Higher culture was an afterthought. Creating the modern world was a non-issue since the Koran ruled.

 

Islam is the ultimate pagan cult. Submission, rituals, chanting, and non-thinking obedience, encased in an apartheid society, is the goal of Islam.

 

There was no 'Golden Age' of Islam. If you think there was, then try this exercise – list all the Islamic inventions that created the modern world. The paper will be blank.

 

 

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, #3, by Dario Fernandez-Morera

Mass murder, supremacist codes, rapes, beheadings and an inquistion were apparently 'enriching'.

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As the Black, Black-Muslim, Arab-Muslim, Pakinstani-Muslim invasion of Western states proceeds and accelerates, it is of course ‘racist’ (Muhammad’s cult is not a race of course), and ‘phobic’ (scepticism borne out of reality is not a pathological disorder of course), to resist the colonialization of majority-White states.  It is strangely however, ‘patriotic’, ‘rational’, ‘enlightened’ to support the continued majority status of Black, Muslim, Asian-denominated states.  Curious that.  Multi-culturalism, the grand failure it has been, is apparently, only necessary for majority-White states. 

 

In the context of rewriting history into a sequence of lies and distortions, the self-proclaimed ‘tolerant’, ‘intelligent’, ‘humanist-rationalist’ groups declare that Arab-Muslim Spain, conquered by Muhammadans by 719-720 AD, and under Muslim occupation until 1492, encompassing a large peninsula comprised of Romano-Christians before the invasion, which witnessed almost annual displays of war, slaughter, rape, supremacism, racism and pogroms against Christians, Christian culture and Jews, was certainly a paradise of civilisational greatness, perhaps the apogee of multi-cultural enrichment; this mendaciously named Andalusia was the paragon of society cohesion and coherent advancement, this modern post-Enlightenment cult claims.  Of course, these assertions are fantasy, and none of this narrative is true, as this excellent book by Morera outlines.

 

Morera devotes an entire chapter which everyone should read, on ‘The myth of the Ummayad tolerance’.  The Ummayads were the first Arab-dominated Caliphate of Spain post their invasion and destruction of the Visgothic-Romano Christian kingdom.  As one Muslim historian Ibn Hazm happily states, the Ummayads were ‘the most afflicting to the enemies of Al-Lah’, meaning the most intolerant of Christians and Jews.  As Morera states, ‘The celebrated Ummayads actually elevated religious and political persecutions, inquistions, beheadings, impalings, and crucifixons to heights unequalled by any other set of rulers before or after in Spain’ (p. 120).  These are facts you won’t hear about or see in films.  Morera mentions many episodes, with a few summarised below, unlikely to be referred to by academics or in their reality-distortion material and lectures.

 

-Upon conquering Cordoba, the Visigothic-Catholic capital, Muslims set about demolishing St. Vincent’s Cathedral, the main cathedral of worship, to build a Mosque, built by Christians and Jews.

 

-Abd al Rahman I the first Ummayad Caliph, not only destroyed St. Vincent’s but hundreds of other shrines and Churches of the ‘polytheist’ (trinity-believing) Catholics across Spain, often building mosques on the same location.

 

-War was an annual Umayyad event to spread the Jihad (even into southern France and Switzerland), and arrest the interminable intra-Muslim, intra-Arab tribal quarrels and rebellions.  The Umayyads were enthusiastic savages, carrying out indiscriminate slaughter of innocents, and those taken prisoner, both Christian and Muslim (rebels).  Severed heads en-masse, were sent back to Cordoba for display, after every raid and war.

 

-The Umayyads imposed brutal punishments and controls on Christians and Jews, named Dhimmis under Sharia barbarism.  Blasphemy against any aspect of the Muslim occupation, the cult’s founder Muhammad, or Umayyad rule in general, was greeted with a death sentence.  This included any public pronouncement (viewed as proselytization) of the Christian faith, or apostasy from Muslims who either left the cult, or were insufficiently pious (fanatical) enough.  Apostasy in Muhammadanism is punished by death.

 

-Christians were yoked under a heavy regime of taxation (called Jizya), in which male Muslims paid no taxes, but Christians produced the revenues needed to finance the state, the Muslim armies and the occupation.  Muslim public buildings and mosques were likewise financed with Jizya and built by Christians as unpaid slave labour. 

 

-Abd al Rahman III instituted Europe’s first inquisition, against Muslim heretics, Jews, and Christians.  The purpose of this inquisition was to punish anyone who dared to stray from, question, or ‘misinterpret’ the Koran, Hadiths and Sharia pronouncements.  The intention was to form what is today called ‘an extremist’ but entirely true and accurate interpretation, across all of society, of the ‘laws’ and rules from the Koran and Hadiths.  Such a program was common across all Muslim states, across all centuries, and was not unique. 

 

-Starting in at least the 9th century, Muslim crucifixions of Christians and heretical Muslims (apostates) became common, as well as public beheadings.  In 797 in Toledo for example, the entire ‘unruly’ Christian elite of about 700, many of whom had ‘converted’ (by force) to Muhammadanism were crucified.  Similar episodes occurred in Cordoba and elsewhere.  It also was common if Muslims suffered defeat in battle (eg. 929 AD in Leon), that the Muslim caliph would crucify his own soldiers for failing to defeat the polytheists.

 

-During the late 10th century, the last Umayyad Caliph, al-Mansur, calling himself the ‘Victorious’ launched 60 jihadic raids against Christians in Spain which included rapes, sex trafficking and burning books and Christian sites.  Al-Mansur burnt Zaragoza, Osma, Zamora, Leon, Astorga, Coimbra, and even the holy city of Santiago de Compostela.  In 985 he burnt down Barcelona and enslaved all who did not die.

 

-After sacking Santiago de Compostela, al-Mansur ordered Christian slaves to carry the great bells from the tower to Cordoba.  These bells were melted down and turned into lamps for the mosque in Cordoba, itself built by Christian slaves from Castile.

 

The Umayyads occupied Spain as a dictatorial power for almost 300 years.  As an occupying power they demonstrated an extreme lack of tolerance and multi-cultural sensitivity.  Hundred of thousands of Catholic Christians were slaughtered in war, or indiscriminate Jihad.  Hundreds of thousands were taken as slaves including female and young boys as sex slaves. Churches, bridges, libraries, documents, shrines, metal work, artwork, were consigned to the fire.  Entire cities depopulated and desecrated.  The ‘legal system’ carved society into 2 parts; one for the Muslims, a second for the non-citizens, non-entities called Dhimmis or non-Muslims.  Punishments for disobeying Muslim ordinances, supremacist-legal codes, or apostasy and blasphemy were death by beheading, decapitation, or torture. 

 

It is remarkably ignorant, deceptive, insipid and contrary to factual evidence, that academics or anyone else would cite medieval Spain as a paradise of inter-faith cooperation and cultural enrichment. 

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, #2, by Dario Fernandez-Morera

The myth is just part of the attack on Christainity.

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 Link to first article.

The Muhammadan empires carved out of Christian civilisation, including Spain called Andalusia by academics, invented very little.  One can investigate any area of human endeavour from 632 AD to 1492 AD and view the obvious fact that Muslims simply used the vastly superior intellectual, technological, scientific and social constructions of far more advanced Christians states, which were occupied and plundered by the Muslim Jihad.  Much to his credit, Morera has investigated this historical fact thoroughly.  To wit:

 

‘A good example is medicine.  In 854 the Nestorian Christian Stephanos had translated the medical works of Dioscorides into Arabic.  Muslims used this translation as their medical text for more than a century.’ (Nestorians had built the world’s first public hospitals and medical-training academies by the 4th century).

 

‘In 948 the Christian emperor of the Greek Roman Empire, Armanius, gave Abd-al-Rahman III, the Umayad caliph of Cordoba, Disocordes’s works in the original Greek.  But Muslims in Cordoba did not have anyone who knew Greek.  As a result, the Roman emperor also sent a Greek monk, who instructed the Muslim ruler’s slaves in Greek.’ (p. 66)

 

‘…Nor does one learn of the immense scientific knowledge, including Greek medical knowledge, that fell into Muslim hands upon the military conquest of Greek Christian Alexandria in 642.’  (Alexandria was the richest city in the Mediterranean world, with large libraries, public works, academies and a culture of technological innovation).

 

‘Famously, Muslims adopted the Visigoth horseshoe arch, seen in many Islamic buildings.  Of course the horseshoe arch was itself of Greco-Roman origin, and even before conquering Spain, Islam had imitated the architecture and construction techniques of the Christian Greek Empire in the Middle East and North Africa.’ (p. 67)

 

‘..Ibn Khaldun (celebrated Muslim-Tunisian historian) pointed out that that in North Africa the constructions built by the Arabs themselves did not last very long because of the Arabs’ sloppiness, poor materials, and lack of knowledge of building techniques….Celebrated ‘Muslim’ crafts, such as that of leather, existed before the invasion, with pre-Islamic Cordoba being an exporter to Europe.’

 

‘The famous mosque of Cordoba offers a particularly good example of how Muslims incorporated Hispano-Roman-Visigoth art into their own work.  In reputedly tolerant Muslim Cordoba, Abd al-Rahman I demolished the stately Christian basilica of Saint Vincent to build upon it his mosque.  (Perhaps with poetic justice, in 1236 King Ferdinand III turned the mosque back into a Catholic church: it is now the Cathedral of Cordoba, although tourists, tour guides, and many Spaniards and even scholars call, quite contrary to fact, ‘the mosque’ of Cordoba.)  The Islamic conquerors used the church of Saint Vincent’s main façade for the façade of their mosque.  They also cannibalised columns and other building materials from Hispano-Roman and Visigoth churches.  They adopted a Roman technique (opus vittatum mixtum) in alternating red brick and white stone in the arches, that alternating pattern is still visible today in some Roman aqueducts of Spain....’

 

‘In fact, the Greek-Roman culture of water and baths was part of the Hispano-Roman life of southern Spain, which has a warm, Mediterranean climate.  The Visigoths inherited the bath culture, which Muslims from arid Arabia happily took over when they encountered it.’

 

From these cursory summaries a pattern is evident.  Visigothic Christian Spain was a rich, lively civilisation, with the Goth elite ruling over a few million Hispano-Romans. Medicine, science, writing, culture, technology, engineering, art, public works and water usage, was common-place and advanced.  The Muslims brought very little to Spain when they invaded.  Perhaps some plants and vegetables from other conquered Christian territories of North Africa.  In reality even this is debateable.  Christian Spain in the 8th century was tied to the trading patterns of the Western and even Eastern Mediterranean.  There were strong cultural and commercial linkages between Spain and Byzantium, from plants, fruits and raw materials to manufactured consumer goods.  Advanced Christian civilisations abutted the coast, and the trade of products and services was both complicated and extended.  Culture, mores and learning would likewise have been eagerly transmitted and filtered. 

 

It is recorded and accepted that Jewish and Christian tradesman, artisans, craftsmen, and public officials were used by the Muslims within their Spanish domains, to erect a Muhammadan cultural layer on what already existed.  This included building Muhammadan sites and managing public affairs.  There is no archaeological evidence anywhere in Spain of great Muslim projects, building, or expansion of infrastructure, certainly none by ‘Muslims themselves’.  Edifices such as the mosque in Cordoba were built from, or with the materials of existing Christian structures, by Jews and Christians using well known Roman-Visigoth engineering techniques.  We can conclude from the evidence that the Muslim Golden Age of Spain is not only a myth, but as usual, a calumny, slander and debasement of Romano-Visigothic-Christian Spain.