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Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science
Old 11-22-2011, 12:07   #1
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Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science

An interesting read.

In trying to explain the Islamic world’s intellectual laggardness, it is tempting to point to the obvious factors: authoritarianism, bad education, and underfunding (Muslim states spend significantly less than developed states on research and development as a percentage of GDP). But these reasons are all broad and somewhat crude, and raise more questions than answers. At a deeper level, Islam lags because it failed to offer a way to institutionalize free inquiry. That, in turn, is attributable to its failure to reconcile faith and reason. In this respect, Islamic societies have fared worse not just than the West but also than many societies of Asia. With a couple of exceptions, every country in the Middle Eastern parts of the Muslim world has been ruled by an autocrat, a radical Islamic sect, or a tribal chieftain. Islam has no tradition of separating politics and religion.

Why the Arabic World Turned Away from Science
TheNewAtlantis, Winter 2011

http://www.thenewatlantis.com/public...y-from-science

And so it goes...

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