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To: ValenB4
You are on the wrong time-line. Prior to the rise of Islam, just immediately prior to it in fact, the Dark Ages had descended on most of the world, and hardest on Western Europe.

Count the start from 538 AD!

Mohammad was one of the first to begin the long hard work of rolling back the Dark Ages.

The desert Arabs, formerly among the least influential of people, became the new leadership elite. It was through them that our knowledge of the ancients, and most stuff right up to AD 538, was derived.

Arguments rage over how thoroughly depopulated Europe, Central Asia, China and other sites of civilization might have been in that period, but we do know it was serious.

16 posted on 07/10/2002 6:08:47 PM PDT by muawiyah
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To: muawiyah
Just how did Mohammed roll back the Dark Ages? Mohammed was a nut. The desert Arabs did become the new leadership elite, much to the world's detriment. Sassanian Persia and the Byzantine Empire were quite capable of keeping civilization on its feet. Islam took over both of those areas and they have never recovered. But don't argue with me, I'm sure Ali Sina at www.faithfreedom.org would be quite interested in your point of view.
18 posted on 07/10/2002 7:12:14 PM PDT by ValenB4
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