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’1001 Muslim Inventions’ Fantasy Comes to DC: The Presentation of Legend as History
vinienco.com ^ | 8/26/2012 | J. Christian Adams

Posted on 08/26/2012 4:59:28 PM PDT by YankeeReb

National Geographic Explorer’s 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.”

Kingsley’s character bristles at the children’s 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.

Kingsley’s librarian doesn’t equivocate – “some of the most important discoveries” were made by “Muslim civilizations.”

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TOPICS: Arts/Photography; Education; History
KEYWORDS: discovery; godsgravesglyphs; jihad; longerperspectives; muslim; religionofpieces; science
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I guess this is part of our government's efforts to make moose-lims feel good about themselves. And here I thought the only thing they invented was the exploding vest.
1 posted on 08/26/2012 4:59:30 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: YankeeReb

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.


2 posted on 08/26/2012 5:06:34 PM PDT by Da Coyote
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To: YankeeReb

dirt


3 posted on 08/26/2012 5:08:40 PM PDT by Doogle ((USAF.68-73..8th TFW Ubon Thailand..never store a threat you should have eliminated))
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To: YankeeReb

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.


4 posted on 08/26/2012 5:08:47 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: YankeeReb

Exploding retarded little girls comes to mind.


5 posted on 08/26/2012 5:10:45 PM PDT by Doctor 2Brains (If the government were Paris Hilton, it could not score a free drink in a bar full of lonely sailors)
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To: YankeeReb
Firnas is “said to be the first person who tried to fly.

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.

6 posted on 08/26/2012 5:10:45 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (CREDO QUIA ABSURDUM)
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To: YankeeReb
And here I thought the only thing they invented was the exploding vest.

Don't forget goat lap dancing.

7 posted on 08/26/2012 5:12:34 PM PDT by smoothsailing
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To: YankeeReb
Alexander bin Bell
Achmed and Mohammed Wright (not a relative of Jeramiah)
Enrico Hussein Fermi
The list goes on, I'm sure.
8 posted on 08/26/2012 5:13:03 PM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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To: YankeeReb

They invented wiping your ass with the bare hand you don’t eat with.


9 posted on 08/26/2012 5:13:15 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: YankeeReb

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.


10 posted on 08/26/2012 5:14:02 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: YankeeReb

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 children’s attraction, the exhibit is fostering a subliminal brainwashing that will move into the public schools as well.”

http://atlasshrugs2000.typepad.com/atlas_shrugs/2012/08/pamela-geller-pj-media-1001-pieces-of-islamist-propaganda-fabricated-exhibit-comes-to-dc.html


11 posted on 08/26/2012 5:15:12 PM PDT by combat_boots (The Lion of Judah cometh. Hallelujah. Gloria Patri, Filio et Spiritui Sancto.)
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To: YankeeReb

Pamela Geller: 1001 pieces of Islamic supremacist propaganda: fabricated exhibit comes to D.C.

http://www.jihadwatch.org/2012/08/pamela-geller-1001-pieces-of-islamic-supremacist-propaganda-fabricated-exhibit-comes-to-dc.html

...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 weren’t 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 don’t 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.


12 posted on 08/26/2012 5:16:20 PM PDT by ATOMIC_PUNK (Any man may make a mistake ; none but a fool will persist in it . { Latin proverb })
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To: svcw
islamic inventions eh...?

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.

13 posted on 08/26/2012 5:16:56 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: YankeeReb
odd they don't list any... like the TOP ten or twenty
14 posted on 08/26/2012 5:17:13 PM PDT by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: YankeeReb

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.


15 posted on 08/26/2012 5:18:36 PM PDT by umgud (No Rats, No Rino's)
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To: YankeeReb
In all fairness there was a brief Golden Age of Islam where the Islamic world did produce some useful things- decent advances in math (arab numerals anyone?) and some chemistry (although it, like European chemistry advances later, was really alchemy). That golden age came to an end in 1258 when the Mongols wiped Baghdad from the face of the Earth. And yeah, the Caliph in Baghdad had it coming.

That said, from 1259 onward Islam has been an intellectual black hole and shows absolutely no sign of improving.

After reading the article this sounds like a case of trying to improve Islam's image. I ain't buying' it.

I wonder if the people putting on the exhibit appreciate the hideous irony that the most recent Islamic achievements they can tout (fakes and all) took place 800 years ago...


Islam delenda est.
16 posted on 08/26/2012 5:18:58 PM PDT by verum ago (A good physical therapist is half friend, half sadist.)
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To: YankeeReb
1001 Arabian Blights
17 posted on 08/26/2012 5:19:09 PM PDT by mikrofon (Fairy Tales)
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To: YankeeReb
His first attempt which has passed into legend took place when he leapt from the minaret of the Great Mosque in Cordoba. Equipped with a glider with wooden struts, he managed to fly and landed more or less unharmed.

"That's not flying! That's falling with style!"
- Woody

18 posted on 08/26/2012 5:19:51 PM PDT by dead (I've got my eye out for Mullah Omar.)
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To: Venturer

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.


19 posted on 08/26/2012 5:22:30 PM PDT by xp38
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To: Venturer
National geographic is usually pretty much based on fact, why would they display artistically developed fiction.

Nat Geo has been putting questionable material in their magazine for years now. The usual means is cherry picking of facts and selective interpretations thereof (just like this exhibit). That's what makes it so insidious- strictly speaking they don't fabricate stuff, but only strictly speaking.

I use the opposite excuse from the classic Playboy one for NatGeo- I read it for the pictures, not the articles.
20 posted on 08/26/2012 5:24:40 PM PDT by verum ago (A good physical therapist is half friend, half sadist.)
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To: spokeshave

...I give them Damascus steel as a consolation prize.


21 posted on 08/26/2012 5:27:23 PM PDT by spokeshave (The only people better off today than 4 years ago are the Prisoners at Guantanamo.)
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To: YankeeReb

“...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.”


22 posted on 08/26/2012 5:27:36 PM PDT by Psycho_Bunny (OWS = The Great American Snivel War)
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To: svcw
"no advancements"

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?

23 posted on 08/26/2012 5:29:07 PM PDT by driftless2
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To: svcw
“Let’s say this is all true...”

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.

24 posted on 08/26/2012 5:32:47 PM PDT by ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
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To: YankeeReb

Why didn’t they explain how this vast Muslim empire that “stretched from Spain to China” got there? Hmmm?


25 posted on 08/26/2012 5:35:31 PM PDT by jdsteel (Give me freedom, not more government.)
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To: xp38; verum ago

Thanks for the info, not that I was going to buy a subscription anyway, It’s too expensive.


26 posted on 08/26/2012 5:36:18 PM PDT by Venturer
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To: Venturer
Thanks for the info, not that I was going to buy a subscription anyway, It’s too expensive.

I just flip through other people's copies. I'm not gonna pay for it lol...
27 posted on 08/26/2012 5:37:41 PM PDT by verum ago (A good physical therapist is half friend, half sadist.)
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To: ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY

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.


28 posted on 08/26/2012 5:37:48 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: dead
I not even sure there was style involved, falling yes but style not so sure.
29 posted on 08/26/2012 5:38:19 PM PDT by SledgeCS (I will vote for Obama when he admits that his idea of a transparency means "You cannot see it")
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To: combat_boots
.... Firnas launched from the mosque at Cordoba a millennium ago

Muslims are good at taking off, not so good at surviving the landing.

30 posted on 08/26/2012 5:40:32 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: smoothsailing

Goats have laps?


31 posted on 08/26/2012 5:42:48 PM PDT by wtc911 (Amigo - you've been had.)
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To: spokeshave

But still not as good as the steel used in the Japanese katana.


32 posted on 08/26/2012 5:48:47 PM PDT by reg45 (Barack 0bama: Implementing class warfare by having no class!)
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To: Doctor 2Brains

There truly is nothing more evil on this planet than islam.

And all you politically correct folks will find this out, sooner or later.


33 posted on 08/26/2012 5:53:03 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: SERKIT

You forgot Mohammed Einstein and Abdullah Newton.


34 posted on 08/26/2012 5:56:02 PM PDT by 353FMG (The US Constitution is only as good as those who enforce it.)
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To: 353FMG

ping for tomorrow.


35 posted on 08/26/2012 5:58:22 PM PDT by NewHampshireDuo
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To: svcw; ROLF of the HILL COUNTRY
I did not know about this group under Muslim control. Interesting...thanks Rolf. Nestoria Christians

.............."Christians especially Nestorian contributed hugely to the Arab Islamic Civilization during the Ummayads and the Abbasids by translating works of Greek philosophers to Syriac and afterwards to Arabic.[20] They also excelled in philosophy, science ( such as Hunayn ibn Ishaq, Qusta ibn Luqa, Masawaiyh, Patriarch Eutychius, Jabril ibn Bukhtishu etc) and theology ( such as Tatian, Bar Daisan, Babai the Great, Nestorius, Toma bar Yacoub etc.) and the personal physicians of the Abbasid Caliphs were often Assyrian Christians such as the long serving Bukhtishu dynasty "..................
36 posted on 08/26/2012 6:01:44 PM PDT by Girlene
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To: smoothsailing

They invented eating right and wiping left. I think that’s the end of the list.


37 posted on 08/26/2012 6:03:49 PM PDT by steve8714
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To: spokeshave
1. Afghanistan....tradition of graduating police/guards slaughtering their teachers.

You forgot throwing acid on the faces of the girls showing up to school for an education.
38 posted on 08/26/2012 6:05:08 PM PDT by Renderofveils (My loathings are simple: stupidity, oppression, crime, cruelty, soft music. - Nabokov)
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To: Girlene

Thanks.


39 posted on 08/26/2012 6:05:25 PM PDT by svcw (If one living cell on another planet is life, why isn't it life in the womb?)
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To: dead; YankeeReb
His first attempt which has passed into legend took place when he leapt from the minaret of the Great Mosque in Cordoba. Equipped with a glider with wooden struts, he managed to fly and landed more or less unharmed.

"That's not flying! That's falling with style!"

- Woody

"The trick to flying is throwing yourself at the ground and missing."

Douglas Adams

Mark

40 posted on 08/26/2012 6:08:17 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: YankeeReb
Muslims joyfully reenacting man's first flight 1000 years ago
41 posted on 08/26/2012 6:09:58 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: YankeeReb

Most islamic countries allow, (sometimes hidden), slavery.

That’s all anyone really needs to know about the advances of the “muslim world.”

Mark


42 posted on 08/26/2012 6:10:45 PM PDT by MarkL (Do I really look like a guy with a plan?)
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To: dead

***They invented wiping your ass with the bare hand you don’t eat with.***

But then, how do the women make pita bread? One handed?


43 posted on 08/26/2012 6:13:28 PM PDT by Ruy Dias de Bivar (Tyrannies demand immense sacrifices of their people to produce trifles.-Marquis de Custine)
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To: YankeeReb
Muslims joyfully reenacting man's first flight 1000 years ago oops tries again
44 posted on 08/26/2012 6:14:08 PM PDT by Dogbert41 ("...The people of Jerusalem are strong, because the Lord Almighty is their God" Zech. 12:5)
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To: Mike Darancette
Equipped with a glider with wooden struts, he managed to fly and landed more or less unharmed.

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 )

45 posted on 08/26/2012 6:16:26 PM PDT by Snowyman
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To: spokeshave

Sorry. You’re forgetting about Japaneses and Norse steel making techniques. There is a lot of independent re-invention in the course of history.


46 posted on 08/26/2012 6:17:19 PM PDT by Pecos (Double tap: the only acceptable gun control)
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To: verum ago
In all fairness there was a brief Golden Age of Islam where the Islamic world did produce some useful things- decent advances in math (arab numerals anyone?)

Those were developed by Hindus, adopted by Persians and called Arabic by Europeans because that is where they first learned about them.

47 posted on 08/26/2012 6:17:26 PM PDT by Oshkalaboomboom
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To: Venturer
"National geographic is usually pretty much based on fact, why would they display artistically developed fiction."

National geographic is a big promoter of the global warming hoax.

48 posted on 08/26/2012 6:17:38 PM PDT by Neanderthal
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To: YankeeReb
Interesting History

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.

49 posted on 08/26/2012 6:19:40 PM PDT by Slyfox
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To: svcw

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.


50 posted on 08/26/2012 6:22:26 PM PDT by stuartcr ("When silence speaks, it speaks only to those that have already decided what they want to hear.")
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