Monday, June 29, 2020

The House of Wisdom: Arabic Enlightenment

Jim al-Khalili, The House of Wisdom; Bettany Hughes (The Moors...); Editors, Wisdom Quarterly
Enlightenment is far better than ignorance...even if it upsets our worldviews and comfort. Here British historian Bettany Hughes stands in front of the Bodhi tree in Enlightenment Grove (Bodh Gaya, India), where Siddhartha became the Buddha or "Awakened One."
When the Moors Ruled in Europe (Part 1/11) with British historian Bettany Hughes - the shocking truth.

Arabic Science Gave us the Renaissance
This is a myth-shattering view of the Islamic world's myriad scientific innovations and the role they played in sparking the European Renaissance.
  • [The "Dark" Ages, according to British historian Bettany Hughes, are said to have been when for seven centuries black Muslim Moors ruled Europe.]
Many of the innovations we think of as hallmarks of Western science actually had their roots in the Arab world of the Middle Ages, a period when much of Western Christendom stagnated in intellectual darkness.

Author: British physicist Jim al-Khalili
Author Jim al-Khalili, a leading British-Iraqi physicist, resurrects this lost chapter of history in The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance.

Given current East-West tensions, his book could hardly be more timely.

With transporting detail, al-Khalili places readers in the hothouses of the Arabic Enlightenment, shows how they led to Europe's cultural awakening, and poses the question:

Why did the Islamic world enter its own Dark Age after such a dazzling flowering? More

Blacks ruled Europe?
Seven centuries of hidden European/African history
Join British historian Bettany Hughes as she examines a purposely-buried, hidden, and forgotten chapter of European history -- the risemof Islamic culture in what is now Spain and Portugal (bordering Northern Africa).

Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archeology and scholarship have shed fresh light on the black Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years.

The fascinating documentary WHEN THE MOORS RULED IN EUROPE explodes racist stereotypes and offers shocking new insights.

Black lives used to matter
Discover the ingenious mathematics behind Granada's dazzling Alhambra Palace, trace El Cid's lineage to his black Moorish roots in Africa, and learn how the population of the Iberian peninsula in white Europe willingly converted to liberal Islam in droves.

Through interviews with noted scholars, see how Moorish advances in mathematics, science, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel the West out of its Dark Ages and into its Renaissance ("Rebirth").

What emerges is a richly detailed portrait of a sensuous, inquisitive, and remarkably progressive black African Islamic culture dominating Christian Europe.

[The Moors (the definition of these people is constantly changed to make them less African, less black, and less brilliant, and less Muslim/Islamic) were royalty beyond the peninsula. They ruled throughout Europe, as many artifacts and revealed histories show.]

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