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To: Coeur de Lion
Good article.

One thing to bear in mind about the "Golden Age" is that it occurred very shortly after the establishment of Islam, after Mohammed's military conquests and those of his immediate successors, but before many of the tenets of the religion had entirely jelled. During the initial period, for example, figurative art was allowed; but succeeding generations of Muslims would then destroy this art as being contrary to Islam.

Islam is a particularly anti-intellectual religion, and because its favored form of government is theocracy, it has the power to enforce its views. As it succeeded in dominating the cultures in which it had installed itself, it strangled them. And except for military activities (some of which look more like plain old banditry), these cultures withered and became totally unproductive.
14 posted on 11/15/2002 4:02:47 AM PST by livius
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To: livius
Islam can't encourage people to question or want to prove anything, what it promotes is exactly opposite of thinking, it promotes submission to the clerics and never questioning anything or you face the threat of death.
16 posted on 11/15/2002 5:55:03 AM PST by FITZ
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