Re: An Islamic history of Europe - a rarely told story
My premise was about the big contributions not only in the dark ages but also into our middle ages. It took until the end of the middle ages that Christian Europe surpassed the Muslim world.
Originally Posted by soot
Nowadays the Muslim world is no cutting edge anymore but large aside from the hell holes (Iraq, Afghanistan, Pakistan to name the largest ones) many of them are not such totally backward places you want to make them look like. Iran, politics aside is not a stone age nation for example. Turkey is most definitely not, and Indonesia or Malaysia are ambitious vibrant countries. Last but not least, take the Lebanon, while it is cursed by disastrous political instability (being the neighbour of both, Syria and Israel and having a diverse population probably doesn't help) Beirut is a really exciting city.... and did I mention Tunesia? Thats even a democracy nowadays, comparable to wealth to Bulgaria or so.
The contribution of these places is not a lot different from other non-Muslim places of similar wealth.
Secret laws, secret courts, secret rulings, secret prisons.
Rule of law?