How Europe came to forget about its Arabic heritage

The Muslim Times

City of Granada: Evacuated by the Muslims in 1492 City of Granada: Evacuated by the Muslims in 1492

BY ABDUL HAQ COMPIER

Summary

Traditional education about Western civilisation tells the story of how around
1500, Greek texts recovered the lost memory of Europe’s Greek and Roman
past and unleashed an era of progress in science and civilisation called the
Renaissance. In fact, the progress in civilisation had begun in the eleventh
and twelfth centuries, and was the result of the transfer of Arabic civilisation
to Europe. The sixteenth century Renaissance was rather the construction of
an exclusive Christian European identity within the world of literature and
science. Latin humanists created a movement imitating the Arab tradition in
its key values, but distinguishing itself by classical Latin as its lingua franca
and the classical authors as its founding fathers. After a period in which
classical culture was vigorously celebrated and Arab influences were
attempted to be removed from the scientific…

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About michelleclarke2015

Life event that changes all: Horse riding accident in Zimbabwe in 1993, a fractured skull et al including bipolar anxiety, chronic fatigue …. co-morbidities (Nietzche 'He who has the reason why can deal with any how' details my health history from 1993 to date). 17th 2017 August operation for breast cancer (no indications just an appointment came from BreastCheck through the Post). Trinity College Dublin Business Economics and Social Studies (but no degree) 1997-2003; UCD 1997/1998 night classes) essays, projects, writings. Trinity Horizon Programme 1997/98 (Centre for Women Studies Trinity College Dublin/St. Patrick's Foundation (Professor McKeon) EU Horizon funded: research study of 15 women (I was one of this group and it became the cornerstone of my journey to now 2017) over 9 mth period diagnosed with depression and their reintegration into society, with special emphasis on work, arts, further education; Notes from time at Trinity Horizon Project 1997/98; Articles written for Irishhealth.com 2003/2004; St Patricks Foundation monthly lecture notes for a specific period in time; Selection of Poetry including poems written by people I know; Quotations 1998-2017; other writings mainly with theme of social justice under the heading Citizen Journalism Ireland. Letters written to friends about life in Zimbabwe; Family history including Michael Comyn KC, my grandfather, my grandmother's family, the O'Donnellan ffrench Blake-Forsters; Moral wrong: An acrimonious divorce but the real injustice was the Catholic Church granting an annulment – you can read it and make your own judgment, I have mine. Topics I have written about include annual Brain Awareness week, Mashonaland Irish Associataion in Zimbabwe, Suicide (a life sentence to those left behind); Nostalgia: Tara Hill, Co. Meath.
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