November 17, 2002
A DAMAGING MYTH:The Golden Age of Islam is a Myth (Serge Trifkovic, November 15, 2002, FrontPageMagazine.com)
This "golden" period in question largely coincides with the second dynasty of the Caliphate or Islamic Empire, that of the Abbasids, named after Muhammad?s uncle Abbas, who succeeded the Umayyads and ascended to the Caliphate in 750 AD. They moved the capital city to Baghdad, absorbed much of the Syrian and Persian culture as well as Persian methods of government, and ushered in the "golden age."
This age was marked by, among other things, intellectual achievement. A number of medieval thinkers and scientists living under Islamic rule, by no means all of them "Moslems" either nominally or substantially, played a useful role of transmitting Greek, Hindu, and other pre-Islamic fruits of knowledge to Westerners. They contributed to making Aristotle known in Christian Europe. But in doing this, they were but transmitting what they themselves had received from non-Moslem sources.
One of the many problems with this myth is that it has served as a retardant on subsequent Islamic progress, because it has made it possible for Muslims to believe that Islam was once an effective competitor with Western ideas and can be again. Posted by Orrin Judd at November 17, 2002 12:48 PM