Renaissance Couldnt Have Happened Without Muslim Input
The title makes a good point. Without the need to protect themselves from the invading Muslim terrorists, the Westerners might have not advanced technology as fast as we did.
posted on 01/15/2008 6:44:58 AM PST
(Planting trees to offset carbon emissions is like drinking water to offset rising ocean levels)
Well....The proximate cause of the renaissance is the fleeing of Byzantine scholars to Florence , Rome, and other Italian city-states. They brought with them classic authors of Greek and Roman antiquity, whose works had been largely lost in the west since the Fall of Rome. Those works were translated into the vernacular, these translations inspired contemporary scholars-and viola, we have a renaissance in Italy . (Followed by renaissances in other European countries a few decades to a century or so later.)
Why were those Byzantine scholars fleeing to the west?
Because Byzantium was under attack from moslem hordes.
Giving moslems credit for the renaissance is like giving a burglar credit for thwarting later attempted robberies, because his initial burglary made the victim install a better alarm system.
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