The Economist (which does a fine job of reportage -- less so in its opinion pieces), true to its name, overemphasizes the economic in accounting for Islam's scientific backwardness. Not once does the article mention destruction wrought on Islamic science by the adoption of the occasionalism of Al Ghazali in preference to the Muslim Aristotelianism of Averroes and Avicenna. (Al Ghazali's stance, which denies realistic causality, regarding every event as caused directly by the will of Allah, also creates a fatalism, which along with Sharia financial rules also accounts for the economic backwardness of the Muslim world: just shrug and say "Inshallah".)
posted on 01/29/2013 7:22:22 PM PST
(And when they behead your own people in the wars which are to come, then you will know...)
I actually don't know what you're talking about - you obviously know a lot more about this than I do. However, we may agree. I always thought rote adherence to the Koran was bad for a creative inquiring brain and advancement in a culture.
Not to mention that maybe the rulers like to keep the populace mired in ancient ways as a means to controlling them.
At this point hard to imagine an Islamic enlightenment since it would probably be decreed as blasphemy and you'd get some body part cut off for deviating from approved thought.
posted on 01/29/2013 8:19:51 PM PST
( 2008 & 2012 weren't elections - they were coup d'etats.)
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