Dharma Dialogues: “Islam’s” Contributions to Western Civilization??

Posted by Lech Dharma on January 26, 2012

From a great piece by Counter-Jihad: Beyond the EDL

“…‘Let me highlight a handful of Islam’s contributions to Western culture. The guitar. Cough syrup. The university. Algebra. Mocha coffee…’

– Irshad Manji, from her The Trouble With Islam Today

This is one of the most common and annoying mistakes you can find in defence of Islam.

How can Islam itself have contributed the guitar, cough syrup, algebra, etc. to ‘Western culture’? How can a religion, or the Koran, the hadiths, etc. have contributed these things? How can even the affects of Islam, the Koran, etc. have done so? It is absolutely ridiculous to claim that Islam, a religion primarily based on the Koran, could have had an hand in the invention of the guitar, algebra, cough syrup syrup, etc. Which passages in the Koran, or the hadiths, etc. helped contribute to the creation of algebra? Which passages helped inspire the invention of cough syrup? Again, this is plain silly!…”

Read the rest of this insightful piece!

via Dharma Dialogues: “Islam’s” Contributions to Western Civilization??.

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