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Thread: Did philosophy, science & rational thought in Muslim societies REALLY go into “decline” after 12th century? .@neiltyson & .@SamHarrisOrg would have you believe so. But history shows us the opposite. Let’s see who first coined the story & test against data...stay tuned
Every peddler of decline narrative blames Ghazali, branding him as anti-philosophy & science. This narrative is used to explain present state of Muslim majority nations, never-mind destruction caused by European colonialism & post World War subjugation of populations by Allies
Decline story begins with 19th CE Orientalists: Solomon Munk, Ernest Renan, TJ De Boer. Munk read Ghazali’s treatise against Avicennan philosophy & interpreted Ghazali’s condemnation of 3of20 Avicennan beliefs as “fatal blow” to philosophy in Islamic society, without evidence.
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"Many #Arabs were attracted to Erez #Israel by the prosperity brought by the #Jews
For example, 40 Jewish families settled in Rishon Le Tsiyon. By 1889 400+ Arab families had settled around them. This repeated itself in many Jewish areas"
~A. Druyanov (all before the 1893 census)
🇮🇱In the area where organized Jewish settlement began *where 98% of the Jews would live until independence*,
📌the entire *non-Jewish population* in 1893 came to 93,600
~37,893 #Christians
~55,707 #Arabs
The #Jewish population* at the time was ~59,431
~>Vital Cuinet’s 1895 survey
#Jews 28,112
#Moslems 8,560
#Christians 8,748
Population of #Jerusalem, Calendar of #Palestine 1895
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