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Time to acknowledge science’s debt to Islam? – science-in-society – 25 February 2009 – New Scientist

While the Islamic world was enjoying astronomy, philosophy and medicine, those in Europe could not tell the hours of the day, thought the Earth was flat, and saw disease as punishment from God, says Jonathan Lyons in The House of Wisdom. That changed after the Crusades, set in motion by Pope Urban II at the end of the 11th century, which resulted in a spectacular growth in trade and communication between east and west. Knowledge that had taken centuries to build was unleashed on an unsuspecting Europe.

via Time to acknowledge science’s debt to Islam? – science-in-society – 25 February 2009 – New Scientist.