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.
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