FW: NYTimes.com Article: How Islam Won, and Lost, the Lead in Science

From: Howard J. Van Till (hvantill@novagate.com)
Date: Wed Oct 31 2001 - 11:06:01 EST

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    Interesting essay at:


    "How Islam Won, and Lost, the Lead in Science"

    October 30, 2001


    Brief sample:

    Among other sociological and economic factors, like the
    lack of a middle class, Dr. Hoodbhoy attributes the malaise
    of Muslim science to an increasing emphasis over the last
    millennium on rote learning based on the Koran.

    "The notion that all knowledge is in the Great Text is a
    great disincentive to learning," he said. "It's destructive
    if we want to create a thinking person, someone who can
    analyze, question and create." Dr. Bruno Guideroni, a
    Muslim who is an astrophysicist at the National Center for
    Scientific Research in Paris, said, "The fundamentalists
    criticize science simply because it is Western."

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