How Muslims Transformed Western Civilization

By Neenah Payne

The Octopus of Global Control quotes Stephen Bassett, Executive Director, Paradigm Research Group who said:

Imagine if the ‘truth’ was a huge jigsaw puzzle, a big box with 20,000 pieces…. It is a picture of the world as it really is. You come into this world…you are handed this box and the idea is to put all the pieces together. And if you put the pieces together…it will be the truth about the world…. So you set about to do that….Except there is a problem.

It turns out that the government you are living under has made a decision to interfere with this truth process. It is a political decision…to serve the State…. So the government has taken a whole bunch of those pieces out of your box…. Well, that’s a problem, but it gets worse. They’ve grabbed a bunch of pieces from another box, another puzzle, and thrown them into your box…. And now you have to put this thing together with an idea that what you are going to find is the truth. That is an almost impossible situation, and it is extremely effective to serve the State.

So, in the puzzle of the West, what important pieces have been left out? What’s been added that doesn’t belong? That’s not an easy task because our image of what it means to be “American” and “Western” is crafted from the time we’re born by our families, education, and media. So, what we think we “know” is really only what we’ve been told. Yet, if we knew the important truths that have been left out, how would America, the West, and the world really look?

Because we don’t know our history, we have been robbed of a profound understanding of who we are. That was not always the case. It began in the 1800s for reasons discussed further below.

The Hermetica: The Lost Wisdom of The Pharaohs shows it would be hard to overstate the impact of Egyptian culture on Europe.

In the inspiring video, British author Peter Gandy reads from the book’s introduction and cites the quote: “A nation without a history is like a man without a memory.”

Gandy points out:

The correct memory of who we are, where we’ve come from is essential to understanding who we are right now, and where we are going. We live in a culture that has been so bowdlerized by the Christian takeover which has endured for a couple thousand years and has given us a completely mistaken identity of who we are. Our memory is wrong. Your memory is your identity. Without a correct memory, we don’t know who we are or where we’re going. So, for me, history is a sacred science. Also, it is about giving credit where credit is due.

Athens, the capital of Greece, is named for the Greek goddess Athena — derived from the Egyptian god Aten. Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785-1985), explains in the interview below that the Ancient Model of history was accepted in Europe until the 1800s. In that model, the testimony of the ancient Greeks was accepted in which they reported that they had learned everything from the Black Egyptians. Europeans accepted that the Greeks were first colonized by the Egyptians and later were civilized by them.

However, Bernal said that in the 1800s, the fraudulent Aryan Model was introduced which is in place today. In that model, the Greeks are given credit for everything from philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), to medicine (Hippocrates), to history (Herodotus), to math (Pythagorus), etc. In the Aryan Model, the Egyptians are ignored — and/or said not to have been Black.

How and Why The West Hides The Crucial Role of Islam

Just as Europe began to give Greece false credit in the 1800s for the Egyptian culture’s  many contributions to the Western world, it also began to erase the contributions of Muslims. After the fall of Rome in 500 AD, Europe sank into the Dark Ages. The Moors brought Europe out of the Dark Ages by re-introducing the wisdom of ancient Egypt the Greeks had not maintained. Europe was illiterate except the clergy. The Moors introduced libraries and established 17 universities to which Western Europe flocked. They replaced the awkward Roman numerals with the Arabic numbering system we use today. The Moors created gardens that enhanced the nutrition and health of Spain and surrounding countries.

The Moors introduced awesome architecture that is the pride of Spain today. While the kings of England were still living in huts, the people of Spain had air-conditioned and heated homes with lighted streets. The Moors introduced maps, ship-building, and guns. Without the Moors, Spain, Portugal, France, England, Holland, etc. could never have sailed to the Western Hemisphere.

The Story of the Moors in Spain: A History of the Moorish Empire in Europe; their Conquest, Book of Laws and Code of Rites explains:

This fascinating history book details the Moorish arrival, conquest and rule over Spain and the Iberian peninsula in Europe….remaining for some 800 years.

Tariq ibn-Ziyad, arriving in 711 AD, began an upheaval never before seen in the European continent.

The Moorish brought industriousness and commerce, a sophisticated code of laws, beautiful architecture, and outstanding scholarly achievements in astronomy and mathematics — together, these would forever shape the culture of Spain and Portugal.

The Many Contributions of The Arabs

For most Americans and Europeans, it will come as a huge shock to learn about the deep debt of the West both to Egypt and to the Moors. These vast contributions to Western civilization have been hidden to support the concept of “White Supremacy,” the idea that only Europeans are really civilized, and that Europe invented everything of value.

The books below help fill in some of the missing history.

The Genius of Islam: How Muslims Made the Modern World

Amazon Description

The Middle Ages were a period of tremendous cultural and scientific advancement in the Islamic Empire—ideas and inventions that shaped our world.

Did you know that:

  • The numbers you use every day (Arabic numerals!) are a Muslim invention?
  • The marching band you hear at football games has its roots in the Middle East?
  • You are drinking orange juice at breakfast today thanks to Islamic farming innovations?
  • The modern city’s skyline was made possible by Islamic architecture?

The Muslim world has often been a bridge between East and West, but many of Islam’s crucial innovations are hidden within the folds of history. In this important book, Bryn Barnard uses short, engaging text and gorgeous full-color artwork to bring Islam’s contributions gloriously to life.  Chockful of information and pictures, and eminently browsable, The Genius of Islam is the definitive guide to a fascinating topic.

The Hidden Debt to Islamic Civilisation

Amazon Description

Many non-Muslim scholars and world leading figures, Prince Charles most particularly, have recognised both the decisive impact of Islamic science on modern civilisation and its general neglect in historical and other narratives. This book aims to correct such a neglect and to show the strong Islamic impact on sciences, the arts, architecture, industry, trade and finance as well as literature. The books shows the places, and chronicles the times, of impact. This is the only work in any language that has looked at this issue in such a detailed manner. It relies on the use of hundreds of sources of references both old and recent.

The House of Wisdom: How Arabic Science Saved Ancient Knowledge and Gave Us the Renaissance

Amazon Description

A myth-shattering view of the Islamic world’s myriad scientific innovations and the role they played in sparking the European Renaissance. Many of the innovations that we think of as hallmarks of Western science had their roots in the Arab world of the Middle Ages, a period when much of Western Christendom lay in intellectual darkness.

Jim al- Khalili, a leading British-Iraqi physicist, resurrects this lost chapter of history, and given current East-West tensions, his book could not be timelier. 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?

The House of Wisdom: How the Arabs Transformed Western Civilization

Amazon Description

For centuries following the fall of Rome, Western Europe was a benighted backwater, a world of subsistence farming, minimal literacy, and violent conflict. Meanwhile Arab culture was thriving, dazzling those Europeans fortunate enough to visit cities like Baghdad or Antioch.

There, philosophers, mathematicians, and astronomers were steadily advancing the frontiers of knowledge, as well as keeping alive the works of Plato and Aristotle. When the best libraries in Europe held several dozen books, Baghdad’s great library, The House of Wisdom, housed four hundred thousand. Jonathan Lyons shows just how much “Western” ideas owe to the Golden Age of Arab civilization.

Even while their countrymen waged bloody Crusades against Muslims, a handful of intrepid Christian scholars, hungry for knowledge, traveled East and returned with priceless jewels of science, medicine, and philosophy that laid the foundation for the Renaissance. In this brilliant, evocative book Jonathan Lyons reveals the story of how Europe drank from the well of Muslim learning.

Lost Islamic History: Reclaiming Muslim Civilisation from the Past

Amazon Description

Islam has been one of the most powerful religious, social, and political forces in history. Over the last 1,400 years, from origins in Arabia, a succession of Muslim polities and later empires expanded to control territories and peoples that ultimately stretched from southern France to East Africa and South East Asia.

Yet, many of the contributions of Muslim thinkers, scientists, and theologians, not to mention rulers, statesmen and soldiers, have been occluded. This book rescues from oblivion and neglect some of these personalities and institutions while offering the reader a new narrative of this lost Islamic history.

The Umayyads, Abbasids, and Ottomans feature in the story, as do Muslim Spain, the savannah kingdoms of West Africa and the Mughal Empire, along with the later European colonization of Muslim lands and the development of modern nation-states in the Muslim world. Throughout, the impact of Islamic belief on scientific advancement, social structures, and cultural development is given due prominence, and the text is complemented by portraits of key personalities, inventions, and little known historical nuggets. The history of Islam and of the world’s Muslims brings together diverse peoples, geographies, and states, all interwoven into one narrative that begins with Muhammad and continues to this day.

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization

Amazon Description

1001 Inventions: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Civilization takes readers on a journey through years of forgotten Islamic history to discover one thousand fascinating scientific and technological inventions still being used throughout the world today. Take a look at all of the discoveries that led to the great technological advances of our time; engineering, early medicinal practices, and the origins of cartography are just a few of the areas explored in this book.

1001 Inventions provides unique insight into a significant time period in Muslim history that has been looked over by much of the world. A time where discoveries were made and inventions were created that have impacted how Western civilization and the rest of the world lives today. The book will cover seven aspects of life relatable to everyone, including home, school, hospital, market, town, world and universe.

From Enlightenment To Colonialism

When the Moors introduced navigational skills, ship building, sails, and guns to the Spanish, Spain became the most powerful maritime nation in Europe. Beginning with Columbus and followed by many “conquistadors,” the Spanish used that knowledge not to spread Enlightenment as the Moors had done — but to claim they had “discovered”  the lands of the Western hemisphere where millions of people in civilizations higher than those of Europe had been living for tens of thousands of years.

The Spanish (followed by the Portuguese, French, Dutch, British, and Belgians) committed genocide throughout the hemisphere, stole the lands, and began a slave trade that resulted in the most brutal system of slavery ever devised. The first people Spain enslaved were the Moors who had rescued Europe! Without the help of the Moors, Europe might still be in the Dark Ages!

President Jefferson’s Defeat of The Moors

When Spain drove the Moors out in 1492, the Moorish nations in North Africa on “The Barbary Coast”: (Morocco, Algiers (Algeria), Tunis (Tunisia), and Tripoli (Libya) turned against Europeans after 700 years of civilizing Europe. The Barbary pirates made the Atlantic Ocean unsafe for European and American ships for 300 years until the 1800s. They captured hundreds of thousands Europeans and enslaved them in Africa. European nations paid HUGE bribes to Moorish nations to ensure safe passage for their ships.

President Washington felt America did not have the resources to fight the Moors, but when Jefferson became president, he took them on. That’s why the Marines Hymn says, “From the Halls of Montezuma to the shores of Tripoli, we fight our country’s battles in the air, on land, and sea.” The Barbary Wars were from 1801–1805 and 1815–1816.

With the defeat of the Moors, there was no one left on the world stage to recount the vast contributions of Egypt and the Moors. When Europe destroyed the Aztec, Mayan, and Incan civilizations, there were few people left to attest to the greatness of the civilizations of the Americas.

Europe was then free to invent the Myth of White Supremacy. It began to ignore that the Egyptians had civilized the Greeks and began to claim that the Greeks had invented Western civilization. It forgot that the Moors had rescued Europe from the Dark Ages. Europe ignored the fact that the Spanish had been astounded by the magnificence of Tenochitlan, capital of the Aztec Empire, that the Inca were doing more successful brain surgery than America in the Civil War, and that the Mayan calendar was the most advanced in the world until the 20th century.

Europe removed a lot of essential pieces of the puzzle and added a new one that didn’t belong — the Myth of White Supremacy.

Invention of Myth of “White Supremacy”

The myth of “White Supremacy” has to hide a lot of history to claim that Europeans created everything of value in the world — and no other people created anything. Yet, that is what Americans and Europeans are taught now by our educational systems and media.

Athens, the capital of Greece, is named for the Greek goddess Athena — derived from the Egyptian god Aten. Martin Bernal, author of Black Athena: The Afroasiatic Roots of Classical Civilization (The Fabrication of Ancient Greece 1785-1985), explains in the interview below that the Ancient Model of history was accepted in Europe until the 1800s. In that model, the testimony of the ancient Greeks was accepted in which they reported that they had learned everything from the Black Egyptians. Europeans accepted that the Greeks were first colonized by the Egyptians and later were civilized by them.

However, Bernal said that in the 1800s, the fraudulent Aryan Model was introduced which is in place today. In that model, the Greeks are given credit for everything from philosophy (Socrates, Plato, Aristotle), to medicine (Hippocrates), to history (Herodotus), to math (Pythagorus), etc. In the Aryan Model, the Egyptians are ignored — and/or said not to have been Black.

Video Interview: Black Athena with Martin Bernal.

The Doctrine of Discovery

The Doctrines of Christian Discovery (DoCD) originated with 15th century Papal Bulls that were issued by the Vatican and implemented by Monarchies, sanctioning the brutal Conquest and Colonization of non-Christians who were deemed “enemies of Christ” in Africa and the Americas. These Papal Bulls were a continuation of what had been going on since at least the 8th century from Charlemagne, through the Crusades, the Inquisition, the war on witches, to the Reconquista of the Iberian Peninsula.

In 1823, the “Doctrine of Discovery” was first articulated as a legal formulation in U.S. Supreme Court case, Johnson v. M’Intosh in 1823. As this case fundamentally defines international property law today, it continues to be used by multi-national corporations and Nation-States in their extraction of resources in indigenous territories around the world.

The global scale with which the DoCD expressed itself in the “Age of Discovery”—first in Africa, then the Americas, and beyond—created a unified Christendom, which became the opposing force against the great global plurality of cultures. This Doctrine governs United States and international law today and has been cited as recently as 2005 in the decision City Of Sherrill V. Oneida Indian Nation Of N.Y.

Doctrine of Discovery: What is it and why is Pope Francis being asked to denounce it?

Pope Francis is facing calls to rescind a centuries-old policy called the ‘Doctrine of Discovery,’ stemming from a series of edicts, known as papal bulls, dating back to the 15th century, which states that white European nations “discovered” North America when they first arrived on the continent during the age of exploration. The Catholic Church and several countries, including Canada, used the doctrine to justify the seizure of Indigenous lands. Protesters interrupted the Pope’s morning mass at the Sainte-Anne-de- Beaupré Basilica outside Quebec City on Thursday to demand the pontiff rescind the long-standing edict. Meanwhile, Canada’s bishops are working with the Vatican on a plan to address the issue, according to organizers of the papal visit. Neetu Garcha has more on the doctrine’s devastating impact and the growing calls to abolish it.

See Growing Calls To Repudiate “Doctrine of Discovery”

Neenah Payne writes for Activist Post

Top image: Emir-Stein Center/YouTube

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