Skip to comments.’1001 Muslim Inventions’ Fantasy Comes to DC: The Presentation of Legend as History
Posted on 08/26/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT by YankeeReb
National Geographic Explorers Hall in Washington D.C. has hosted some of the most prestigious exhibits in America. Previous exhibits have included the Chinese terracotta warriors, as well as the James Caird, the lifeboat Sir Ernest Shackleton miraculously sailed from Antarctica to South Georgia Island in 1916. Currently it is hosting a curious exhibit through February 2013 entitled 1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization. This high tech, slickly produced exhibit explicitly seeks to debunk the myth that the dark ages were dark.
The exhibit purports to provide examples of innovations from Muslim civilization, and some of the claims may come as a surprise to those familiar with the Wright Brothers or Yuri Gagarin.
I recently visited 1001 Inventions which was housed on the same floor as a fantastic Titanic exhibit. I purchased entry to the museum at a ticket booth staffed by Rebecca Head, a National Geographic employee. Perhaps assuming I was heading to see the Titanic exhibit, Head pushed attendance at 1001 Inventions There is a really great exhibit on Muslim inventions you should see.
The exhibit begins with star power a short movie starring Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley. Kingsley plays a librarian who faces a trio of young uniformed (presumably British) students seeking information about the dark ages.
Kingsleys character bristles at the childrens characterization, critical of those filling your head with such nonsense and ripping down the good of former civilizations.
But everyone knows the Greeks and Romans invented everything! one child replies.
Kingsleys librarian doesnt equivocate some of the most important discoveries were made by Muslim civilizations.
(Excerpt) Read more at vinienco.com ...
Any two of N French mathematicians , where N is a large number, are worth more than 1000 Muslim anythings.
Islam, you are a symbol of evil.
Let’s say this is all true, then WTF happened to them so that they now live like animals in the desert with no advancements for 800 years.
Exploding retarded little girls comes to mind.
I'm sure the first human to try to fly was a resident of Africa's Rift Valley given the choice between leopard or cliff.
Don't forget goat lap dancing.
They invented wiping your ass with the bare hand you don’t eat with.
National geographic is not part of the Government, Still one has to wonder why they put on this fantasy exhibit.
National geographic is usually pretty much based on fact, why would they display artistically developed fiction.
Re: Pamela Geller, PJ Media: 1001 Pieces of Islamist Propaganda: Fabricated Exhibit Comes to D.C.
(J. Christian) Adams eight-year-old daughter seeing the exhibit, did not notice all the weasel words:
She was convinced that the Wright Brothers were not the first to fly, and instead it was Firnas launched from the mosque at Cordoba a millennium ago. This would not be the only instance when thought corrupted the language of the exhibit, which in turn corrupted thought, at least among the more impressionable.
By creating a childrens attraction, the exhibit is fostering a subliminal brainwashing that will move into the public schools as well.
Pamela Geller: 1001 pieces of Islamic supremacist propaganda: fabricated exhibit comes to D.C.
...The exhibit is almost unfailingly dishonest. As Adams explains, even if everything it says about Muslim inventions were true, it does not and cannot explain why Muslims never followed up on these inventions. If Firnas was really the first to fly, why did it fall to the Wright Brothers 1000 years later to follow up on what he supposedly discovered about how to do it? Why werent Muslims flying around in airplanes centuries before the Wright Brothers were born?
If, as Adams also recounts, Muslims really invented the camera as the exhibit claims, why dont we have snapshots of Saladin and Suleiman the Magnificent? Why did we have to wait for Daguerre and Niepce?
1001 Muslim Inventions raises more questions about the decline of Muslim civilization than it answers, yet projects like 1001 Muslim Inventions have support at very high levels. Remember in June 2010 when Charlie Bolden, the NASA chief appointed by President Obama, revealed that Obama had asked him to find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering?
The truth: what contributions?
The bottom line: the inventions and discoveries attributed to the Muslim world were actually stolen from conquered peoples. The 1001 Muslim Inventions exhibit is not history, it is propaganda, and the foolish infidels keep lining up enthusiastically for more.
1. Afghanistan....tradition of graduating police/guards slaughtering their teachers.
2. Iraq....innovative use of giant plastic grinder on miscreants.
3. Iraq....invention of the "butt glue" to eliminate homosexuality.
4. The rest (57 - 3 = 54 states)... Seventh grade education with a seventh century mindset.
I heard the muslims first invented the condom from goat innards, but it was the Chinese who perfected them by removing the innards from the goat.
"That's not flying! That's falling with style!"
Because a while back they veered left and are now firmly in the thrall of political correctness. Many here on FR noted it and pretty much have written off a once great organization.
...I give them Damascus steel as a consolation prize.
“...consider the argument I had with my 8-year-old after leaving the exhibit. She was convinced that the Wright Brothers were not the first to fly, and instead it was Firnas...”
To which he should have said, “Honey, throughout your life you’ll meet people called ‘Muslims’. Trust none of them because most of them are liars.”
Exactly right. The last 500 years saw the age inventions and progress in science. We know about the European and American contributions. Where are the contributions in these areas from the non-European and American areas of the world. Few and far between. It's an interesting question. If Islamic countries supposedly invented and came up with so many inventions and scientific contributions, why have they contributed next to nothing for the last 500-800 years? And why don't these non-Muslim defenders of Islam ask themselves that question?
It's not. Virtually ALL of the so-called contributions to civilization by muslims, were in fact invented by others.
Even the most ballyhooed “contribution”, algebra, was actually created by the Nestorian Christians whom the muslims conquered. The muslims exploited the inventions they acquired through conquest, but like any culture that fails to develop its own brainpower, eventually those “contributions” fell into disuse because they couldn't be understood/maintained/replicated by later generations.
Why didn’t they explain how this vast Muslim empire that “stretched from Spain to China” got there? Hmmm?
Thanks for the info, not that I was going to buy a subscription anyway, It’s too expensive.
Nestorian Christians, would you expand?
We have a family friend who refers to himself as Aserian Christian, and he really gets up set about these claims.
He says they developed the concept of zero, which without there would be no math and all that followed.
So I am unclear as to whether he is correct or not.
But either because I just had a gin and tonic, I don’t remember or went swimming that day so I just do not recall Nestorian Christians.
Muslims are good at taking off, not so good at surviving the landing.
Goats have laps?
But still not as good as the steel used in the Japanese katana.
There truly is nothing more evil on this planet than islam.
And all you politically correct folks will find this out, sooner or later.
You forgot Mohammed Einstein and Abdullah Newton.
ping for tomorrow.
They invented eating right and wiping left. I think that’s the end of the list.
"That's not flying! That's falling with style!"
"The trick to flying is throwing yourself at the ground and missing."
Most islamic countries allow, (sometimes hidden), slavery.
That’s all anyone really needs to know about the advances of the “muslim world.”
***They invented wiping your ass with the bare hand you dont eat with.***
But then, how do the women make pita bread? One handed?
Yes and in 1955 when my cousin first saw Superman on my uncle's new TV, he tied a towel around his neck and glided down the stairwell . He managed to fly between bumps and landed more, mostly more , and not so much less , unharmed . But there where periods of time that he did fly and he did it without a tail .
(true story, he was 7 )
Sorry. You’re forgetting about Japaneses and Norse steel making techniques. There is a lot of independent re-invention in the course of history.
Those were developed by Hindus, adopted by Persians and called Arabic by Europeans because that is where they first learned about them.
National geographic is a big promoter of the global warming hoax.
When the Muslims conquered Constantinople, they also took over the great library, which housed all of the writings of the Greek philosophers. The West thought that all of these writings were lost until they were rediscovered in the 12th century to have been translated into Arabic. For the better part of 800 years the Muslims had been using the knowledge of the Greek philosophers. That is the reason why they stumbled across the concept of zero, from their study of Greek philosophy.
Now, at the same time that the Muslim culture is at its zenith and they happily share their Arabic translations with the West, their religious leaders decide that philosophy is not important anymore and it then was no longer prized.
The rediscovery of Aristotle and all of the other Greek philosophers is the very reason why the West created it's Renaissance. Meanwhile, the Islamic culture has not advanced since those days in the 12th century.
No infrastructure, no natural resources, no manufacturing capabilities, no building materials, neighbors that wanted to steal all your stuff and kill you, no water, no leadership, no schools, very hard just to stay alive in such a crappy environment...just to name a few.
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