Fact or Fiction?: 1001 Muslim Inventions Comes to Washington D.C.

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National Geographic Explorer’s Hall in Washington D.C. has hosted some of the most prestigious exhibits in America.  Previous exhibits have included the Chinese terracotta warriors, as well as the James Caird, the lifeboat Sir Ernest Shackleton miraculously sailed from Antarctica to South Georgia Island in 1916.  Currently it is hosting a curious exhibit through February 2013 entitled “1001 Inventions: Discover the Golden Age of Muslim Civilization.”  This high tech, slickly produced exhibit explicitly seeks to debunk the “myth” that the dark ages were dark.

The exhibit purports to provide examples of innovations from Muslim civilization, and some of the claims may come as a surprise to those familiar with the Wright Brothers or Yuri Gagarin.

I recently visited “1001 Inventions” which was housed on the same floor as a fantastic Titanic exhibit.  I purchased entry to the museum at a ticket booth staffed by Rebecca Head, a National Geographic employee.  Perhaps assuming I was heading to see the Titanic exhibit, Head pushed attendance at 1001 Inventions  – “There is a really great exhibit on Muslim inventions you should see.”

The exhibit begins with star power – a short movie starring Academy Award-winner Ben Kingsley.  Kingsley plays a librarian who faces a trio of young uniformed (presumably British) students seeking information about “the dark ages.”

Kingsley’s character bristles at the children’s characterization, critical of those “filling your head with such nonsense and ripping down the good of former civilizations.”

But “everyone knows the Greeks and Romans invented everything!” one child replies.

Kingsley’s librarian doesn’t equivocate – “some of the most important discoveries” were made by “Muslim civilizations.”

Harry Potter-style magic takes over, and Kingsley is transformed with beautiful flourish from an English librarian into the exotic turban wearing historical figure of Al-Jazari.  The children are enthralled, both on the screen, and in the audience.

Al-Jazari informs the three children that a grand civilization “that stretched from Spain to China” was responsible “for some of the most important discoveries” in the world.  These include, according to Kingsley’s transformed Al-Jazari, devices such as the camera.

And herein lies the most fascinating characteristic of the entire exhibit – the slipperiness of its language.  Indeed, language throughout the exhibit, as we shall see, becomes a way to trick attendees.  Cleverly chosen words nudge readers toward unsupported conclusions.  Myth mingles with science.  Rumor becomes history.

Consider the “invention” of the camera.  Al-Jazari, portrayed masterfully and magically on screen by Kingsley, says “he” was responsible for explaining “how our eyes work” and developed camera obscura. Even if it is historically accurate that Al-Jazari pioneered camera obscura, the slithery language of the screenplay generates an inference that Al-Jazari is somehow legitimately involved in the chain of inventions culminating in my Nikon 35mm.

I was reminded of George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language when he wrote: “But if thought corrupts language, language can also corrupt thought.”

Kingsley’s Al-Jazari fulfills Orwell’s warning in the film when he introduces another Muslim inventor, Abbas Ibn Firnas, who “dared to dream man could fly 1000 years before the Wright Brothers.”

Outside the theater, Firnas is featured in a flight exhibit.  Firnas is “said to be the first person who tried to fly.  His first attempt which has passed into legend took place when he leapt from the minaret of the Great Mosque in Cordoba.  Equipped with a glider with wooden struts, he managed to fly and landed more or less unharmed.  [His] next flight was more ambitious.  From the top of a nearby hill, he launched himself and his flying machine, apparently gliding for some distance before falling, a problem blamed on the lack of a tail.”

Notice all of the tricks of language.  He was the first “who tried to fly,” and “passed into legend,” “more or less unharmed,” the “flying machine,” (implying moving parts), and “apparently gliding for some distance.”  Naturally he also diagnosed that that cause of his failure was the want of a tail. The exhibit neglects to inform us about whether he applied this fix to his “machine.”

The exhibit also features an interactive game for children where they can help Firnas fly by flapping their arms.

This all might seem harmless, but consider the argument I had with my 8-year-old after leaving the exhibit.  She was convinced that the Wright Brothers were not the first to fly, and instead it was Firnas launched from the mosque at Cordoba a millennium ago.  This would not be the only instance when thought corrupted the language of the exhibit, which in turn corrupted thought, at least among the more impressionable.

The short introductory film with Kingsley playing Al-Jazari goes on to tell the three on-screen students (and the many children in the theatre) that the 1001 inventions include medical devices, ideas or unspecified things which somehow led to the compass and GPS satellite navigation and the very Industrial Revolution itself.

Al-Jazari hands the children a book called “1001 Inventions: Muslim Heritage in Our World” and urges them plainly to “spread the word.”

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  • Chezwick

    Of course the exhibit is filled with fallacy. But even the actual accomplishments of the so-called 'Golden Age' were mostly the fruits of the conquered dhimmi peoples whose culture was much more advanced than their Bedouin conquerors who came out of Arabian desert.

    As the depredations of dhimmitude resulted in more and more conversions to Islam among the subject peoples, the Islamic realm lost its vitality and the 'Golden Age' slipped into centuries of stagnation. The rest as they say, is history.

    • "gunner"

      by the same token we should remember icarus "who flew too close to the sun" and "apollo, who drove the chariot of the sun". old legends long predating the advent of islam. the facts however tell a different tale, and merely falling from a tall tower is not "flying". i'm reminded of the old soviet claims to have invented everything first in russia by "ivan ivanovitch" in some village in the outback of siberia. " centuries of stagnation" does indeed aptly describe the "moslem empire" even to this day, ruling in the backwaters of modern, western, civilization. still clinging to ancient barbarisms, killing and enslaving "unbelievers", chopping off limbs and heads at any pretext of "law". stoning women for the "crime" of being raped and generally indulging in riot and murder at any fancied "insult" to their self anointed "prophet".

    • whatdoyouknowclone

      Do you have any proof of that, or rather, do you even need proof? What seems to me factual here, is that we have a false and prejudicial statement from a racist, or a perhaps bigot, that precludes "Arabs" from invention, ingenuity and discovery. I would go as far assuming, that "Chezwick" is trying to state that Arabs could not invent anything without the use of these "dhimmī's" that hail from the enlightened lands of Europe.

      • Chezwick

        My proof is the historical time-line….and it has nothing whatsoever to do with race.

        The conquest of the Middle East occurred in the 7th century….and the so-called 'Golden Age' lasted until around the 10th. What happened in the interval? The subject peoples suffered innumerable liabilities, even while the state thrived on the Jizyah they were forced to pay. As more and more converted to Islam, the Jizyah dried up…and so did the dynamic cultural patrimony of the former dhimmis. Within a couple of generations, they lost touch with the culture of their ancestors and they became indistinguishable from their Arab/Muslim co-religionists.

        It was never about race, it was about religion…and the stultifying fatalism and conformism that has defined Islam since its inception.

        • whatdoyouknowclone

          What historical timeline? Albeit, I referenced race due your original confusing Golden Age reference (regional "Bedouin conquerors" vs. Jews and Christians). Which ones? The ones that are seated closer to Europe during this "golden age"???). What are you trying to convey – historically speaking? Your original statement is racist and/or confusing at best. In your own words: "so-called 'Golden Age' were mostly the fruits of the conquered dhimmi peoples whose culture was much more advanced than their Bedouin conquerors who came out of Arabian desert.". Understand that people/cultures from "different" corners of the world that have fused since time in memorial in order to create sub-cultures. Where is your proof of the inferiority of these Bedouin conquerors? What is being conveyed on your end (presumably) is that a group of people did not have the sophistication or intelligence to understand or harness inventions until they conquered a enlightened geographical region of the world. The syntax gives you away. Adversely, how do you know that these "Bedouin conquerors" did not aid in the advancement of inventions for Jews and Christians? On face value, it comes off racist are smells of previous and contemporary European exceptionalism. Let it be known, I care nothing for Islam. What troubles me historically, and in our present day, is European exceptionalism, entitlement, and eugenics.


            A new Dark Age is descending on europe courtesy of Socialism and its latest self destructive hobby, Islamofascism.

          • Kufar Dawg

            The question might be better put as to who is using whom, because while the socialist libidiots
            think they're using islam, I think it's very much the other way around.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Understand that people/cultures from "different" corners of the world that have fused since time in memorial in order to create sub-cultures."

            They are supposed to fuse, not create "sub-cultures" that become fifth-columns for future colonial expansion. Subcultures are niches within a coherent culture. You can then discuss cultural diversity etc.

            You are discussing multiculturalism, which involves "sub" cultures that have any factions that insist on resisting the alchemy of most civilizations.

            What a coincidence, when we are talking about religion and "peace?"

            "Where is your proof of the inferiority of these Bedouin conquerors?"

            To a Westerner it's clearly a subjective judgment of their culture perhaps based on relative sophistication of technologies employed and typical personal productivity. Generally in the West we think of thieves as inferior, but that is subjective. After all, Allah might really be God and maybe all of us are wrong. Clearly they had superior military tactics over their enemies. He might have been talking about education level of the first wave of "soldiers?"

            What is your argument against his statement?

            "What is being conveyed on your end (presumably) is that a group of people did not have the sophistication or intelligence"

            Sophistication comes from culture, intelligence comes from DNA. Nobody claimed they had inferior DNA. I heard no racism. Culture and religion are closely tied and unrelated to race. Get it?

            "…to understand or harness inventions until they conquered a enlightened geographical region of the world."

            This is indisputable. Their "inventions" came after the conquests, colonization and oppression of the conquered peoples. At the very least, they used fruits of war to fund their own school systems? But we know better that they "discovered" many fruits, including libraries and took over running of the existing education tools, Islamized it and then proceeded to milk it just like the first wave.

            Since they did not have any defective DNA (generally speaking) many were able to exploit the fruits of war, get educations from Greek and contemporary Western materials and soon you have virtual Judeo Christian thinking, to the degree that it was tolerated given that Islamic supremacy is a totalitarian system. The fatalism was ever-present in the culture, but that didn't stop a few outstanding students.

            There is only one race, and one too many religions in this world. I suggest you and everyone else study the history of Japanese Shinto. That is the fate of Islam at some point (or worse).

          • whatdoyouknowclone

            I'm sorry if this coming off as a ad-hominem attack. Brother (or, sister), I'm sorry, but your nuts. Your all over the place in addition to introducing new themes and jabbing me with semantics. What do you do for a living? I'm not astounded by your ramblings or ability to fill quantity vs. quality, but rather to make sure that my children are not imprisoned by you in a classroom or seedy basement. Congratulations, but you get the title of clever prejudicial nutty guy. Trust me, my hands are not full.

          • Chezwick

            1) Are you actually suggesting that the desert Bedouins were more culturally sophisticated than the Byzantines and the Persians that they conquered?

            2) Are you actually suggesting there is no correlation between the decline and ultimate disappearance of the dhimmi population in the conquered territories….and the coinciding decline of the Islamic 'Golden age'.?

            3) Are you actually suggesting that I'm a racist for pointing these facts out?

            If your answer is yes to any one of these questions, then you are – to use your own expression – "nuts".


          • curmudgeon

            the only imprisonment of your children that you need fear is the imprisomnent by islamic barbarism, which is being willingly embraced in europe and america by people like you. if you hate your children, then continue to aid and abet islamic conquest. if you dont hate your children, start resisting the evil that is islam.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "On face value, it comes off racist are smells of previous and contemporary European exceptionalism"

            Well yeah, Europe is exceptional. Not all civilizations are equal, but the analysis can lead to many disputes. Show me evidence for Allah if you want any chance of arguing for equity or superiority. Any culture based on a clear pack-of-lies can't argue moral equivalence with a civilization that spread its culture everywhere and was welcomed with smiles. This anti-colonialism propaganda is as absurd as the religious claims are. Yes, conflict exists everywhere, but European Judeo Christianity was spread by benign missionaries and trade representatives far more than anything else. The desire for drama means that the exceptions get lots of attention, but facts are facts. The whole world gains from Judeo Christian culture, even after most nations demand separation of Church and state (indeed largely because of it at this point) the same values with very little change as the world would judge, has led to peace and prosperity, and most of the conflict was caused by communism (recently since shortly after Marx) and Islam (since you know who 14 centuries ago).

            "What troubles me historically, and in our present day, is European exceptionalism, entitlement, and eugenics."

            There is plenty to trouble me among those concerns, but none are as serious as the fallacy of multiculturalism with Muslims as victims of Europeans or "Christians and Jews." Honestly you sound like you're starting a claim right here. You're a victim of colonialism, right? Who told you this?

            The biggest problem with Islam today is of course the lies. Ever since the new religion was founded on bluffs about God and of course history, in order to usurp the Christians and the Jews, history had to be "re-imagined" to support these theories and suggestions.

            Amazingly, archeology started to prove these were lies so slowly that the culture-at-large never noticed. I think they will start to wake up and see why the islamic nations hate Israel now more than ever. The fact is that Iran and other nations blame the Jews for "world corruption" because of very specific reasons that most people are not aware of, not even your typical "Islamophobe."

            If you talk openly to an educated Muslim, as if you have no knowledge of history of your own, eventually they will explain that the Jews created "corrupted" sciences that "suppose" to prove the Koran false. Huh? Well, if you look at the list of Nobel Prize winners and then study Western science-based archeology, like dating scrolls and fragments, things that require hard science to gather evidence, these Jews contributed to sciences that just so happens to support their own Bible.

            They must be corrupt.

            These Muslims apparently don't understand Western peer-reviewed scholarship and how (while far from perfect) it is very difficult if not impossible to sell something to the scientific community that supports religion in any way unless the science is very solid. Contrast that with Islamic totalitarianism where you can be killed for insulting the Koran. What Islamic scientist is going to publish agreement with "The Jews?" Anything supporting the Bible is proof that the Jews corrupted the West. Because if this is false, then so is the Koran. Since we know the Koran is true, we know also that the West is corrupt, and who else would do it but the Jews? The Koran tells us so!!

            Eugenics. LOL! As if this has widespread believers. Show many anyone who promotes or support eugenics and if the person is still living, I will show you a societal outcast. Now find someone who wants to kill based on religious belief and I will show you someone who is likely to have a street named after him or her by the host culture if he is successful enough. The latter example is not from the West.

            Entitlement to what? Never mind, you already have your hands full.

            "Let it be known, I care nothing for Islam." Sure, sure. You have respect for it, right? That makes you a fellow traveler or a cultural Muslim. Which is it?

          • curmudgeon

            nice work, objective. i would like to comment on your benign judeo-christian missionaries, though. the ink wasnt dry on constantine's declaration that christianity was the religion of the roman empire before christians were converted from a persecuted minority to a persecuting majority. it wasnt long before christians murdered hypatia, and destroyed the library at alexandria, acts that are more in keeping with islamic barbarism than christian civilization. it was due to byzantine tyranny that egypt was easy for islam to conquer. the egyptians soon realized their mistake, but it was too late. for an example of benign missionaries, see the spanish conquest of the new world. the natives were converted by benign missionaries, and enslaved. only islam can make the conquistadores and their benign missionaries look good. as far as the judeo part of judeo-christian missionary work goes, lets ask the midianites how it went for them. oh, thats right. there arent any. gideon genocided them. the only good that islam accomplishes is to make the evils of other societies look well, not so bad.

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

            You almost make it sound like Christianity wanted to be the persecuting majority.

            The teachings of Christ never wanted that. It never encouraged it and it was done in spite of the values that His followers are taught.

          • Kufar Dawg

            More importantly Roger the concept of Christian oppression and persecution of non-Christians in the 21st century is irrelevant.

          • JoJoJams

            You might want to google on the destruction of the library(ies) of Alexandria. From Julius Caesar to the invading Arabic hordes, there are 4 possible histories as to the destruction, of which Christianity was only one. Kind of funny though: Just as the islamic invaders try to show how they invented everything, they also are trying to claim the burning of the libraries of Alexandria! Too funny! (if it all weren't so sad)

          • British

            You people are truly foolish… American perhaps?

          • Logic

            Read up on Constantine and how benign he was.

        • Harry Larron

          Prejudiced people… *shakes head*. Muslims aren't the scurvy of the world… Get out more… just because they are 'muslim' or 'arab' doesn't mean they can't invent anything. History is written by Europeans. I used to think that historical records were infact accurate but as i have found out… history is written by the victors. After visiting many middle-Eastern and Asian countries i have found their history differs from ours and no we are not always right. They were just generally more interested in the knowledge that we ignored until we advanced in military technology and regained the European countries that were being ruled by the Moors which was when we got the knowledge that was from the East.

      • Jack

        Racist ? What race are you referring to ?
        Arab is not a race.Arab is a name created to signify some tribal political ideals from 1915 or so.Arabs didn't exist in the time period being discussed.
        Islam is not a race.

        Why would you think he is referring to Europe ?
        Greeks and Celts have been in the ME since 2000 BCE easily.
        King Tut was a Celt.
        Acre,Cyprus and Tyre were Greek trading cities .Portugal,Byblos,Damascus,Jericho ,Libya etc were Jewish trading cities .
        The oldest DNA identified in Israel is from 8,500 BCE and Jewish .
        The Ptolemy rule of Egypt was created by Alexander the Great's general and ruled for 11 generations.

        • whatdoyouknowclone

          I didn't state that Islam is a race in reference to your preamble – ramble. For all your former screed, well, I should leave you alone to think what you want. "King Tut was a Celt"? Yeah and Egypt was a satellite state of Atlantis! Did you also know that humans never walked on the moon? Angelina Joline is also part of the Illuminati.



            Looks like nothing.

          • whatdoyouknowclone

            Wow, that was amazingly funny and crafty? Do you dress yourself too?


            Do you fit in your clown car with 50 of your brother whatdoyouknownothingclowns?

          • objectivefactsmatter

            "Did you also know that humans never walked on the moon? Angelina Joline is also part of the Illuminati."

            Fully outed Muslim. Given the contents of the article it was clear we would hear silliness like this.

            Show me any evidence or any claim of evidence that Mohammed did not invent Islam from the fusion of Paganism and Judeo Christianity? Prophet my ass.

          • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

            if you say mohammed was not a prophet it is your ass, and if you say islam was invented by the fusion of paganism and judeo cristianity then christianity is fake too cause it was copied from the jews

      • Gee

        The water wheel was described by a man named Archmedies only 1,000 years BEFORE the Arabs and he wasn't the inventor.

        Sorry to state facts but Arab inventions border on their most famous claim that they stole the number ZERO.

        • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

          that was a water screw not a wheel

  • Theodore

    I don't really understand how these people think that they can get away with this kind of historical white washing for political means. I have always understood that the camera obscure was invented by the Greeks, but it seems it was the Chinese who were first, more than a millennium before the muslim faith even came to be, according to a quick look at Wikipedia will confirm.

    Their culture of scientific endeavour has been defunct for centuries, and no amount of falsification will change that.
    In actual fact, this method of historical falsification perfectly fits the way their culture works.

    It is a very sad day indeed when a major museums institution like this succumbs to falsifying the very history it should be protecting and promoting, only because there are big bucks involved by shadowy organisations if they go along with it.

    • HermitLion

      They get away with it, thanks to the prevailing ignorance of this generation.
      Lacking solid, substantiated knowledge, the impressionable (and especially the young), fall prey to con men.

      This is all there is to this lie – a con man's game, which finds an all too eager audience in kids who were educated to hate western civilization with a passion.

      • Mburu

        can we please get some Zionist "inventions" apart from moral filth????????????

        • HermitLion

          There you go, you Jew hating degenerate:

          Model of quasicrystals, discovered by Nobel prize winner Dan Shechtman of the Technion
          Discovery of Quasicrystals by Dan Shechtman of the Technion.[1] The discovery led him to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry
          Discovery of the role of protein Ubiquitin by Avram Hershko and Aaron Ciechanover of the Technion Institute (together with the American Jewish biologist Irwin Rose). The discovery led them to receive the Nobel Prize in Chemistry.

          Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation
          Prediction of Quarks by Yuval Ne'eman of Tel Aviv University (together with the American physicist Murray Gell-Mann).
          Discovery of the Aharonov–Bohm effect by Yakir Aharonov and David Bohm.
          Formulation of Black holes Entropy by Jacob Bekenstein of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem.

          World's smallest video camera – a camera with a 0.99 mm diameter, designed to fit in a tiny endoscope designed by Medigus.
          Development of the "Pillcam" by Given Imaging, the first Capsule endoscopy solution to record images of the digestive tract. The capsule is the size and shape of a pill and contains a tiny camera.

          Eshkol-Wachman Movement Notation.
          Development of the Copaxone immunomodulator drug for treating multiple sclerosis.
          Development of the Interferon proteins by Michel Revel from the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel.
          Development of taliglucerase alfa (Elelyso), a recombinant glucocerebrosidase enzyme produced from transgenic carrot cell cultures.Taliglucerase alfa won approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in May 2012 as an orphan drug for the treatment of Type 1 Gaucher's disease.

          Work of Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem explaining irrational human economic choices.
          Developments in Game theory. Israel Aumann of the Hebrew University of Jerusalem received the Nobel Prize in Economics for his work in this field.
          The Rubinstein bargaining model, one of the most influential findings in game theory. The proof is from Ariel Rubinstein 1982.


          Nanowire – a conductive wire made of a string of tiny particles of silver, a thousand times thinner than a human hair.
          World's smallest DNA computing machine system – "the smallest biological computing device" ever constructed.

          Theoretical computer science

          Michael O. Rabin introduced the concept of nondeterministic finite automatons.
          Amir Pnueli introduced temporal logic into computing science.

          Computer hardware
          USB flash drive, originally marketed as the DiskOnKey

          Quicktionary Electronic dictionary – a tiny pen-sized scanner which is able to scan words or phrases and immediately translate them into other languages.
          Laser Keyboard – virtual keyboard is projected onto a wall or table top and allows to type handheld computers and cell phones.

          Computer software

          Adi Shamir co-inventor of Differential cryptanalysis. Algorithms include Shamir's Secret Sharing.
          Lempel–Ziv–Welch algorithm – a universal lossless data compression algorithm created by Abraham Lempel and Jacob Ziv of the Technion institute together with the American Information theorist Terry Welch.
          Babylon – a single-click computer translation, dictionary and information source utility program developed by Amnon Ovadia.
          ICQ – an Instant Messaging software developed initially in 1996 by the Israeli company Mirabilis.[54]


          Refinement of existing Drip Irrigation Systems by introducing a non-clogging plastic emitter. Drip-irrigation (also called micro-irrigation), was invented by Australian scientist Hannis Thill.[55] Refinement of this idea (involving a plastic emitter) was furthered in Israel by Simcha Blass and his son Yeshayahu.
          The Tomaccio tomato was developed by Hishtil Nurseries of Israel.

          Rooftop solar hot-water system
          Super iron battery – A new class of a rechargeable electric battery based on a special kind of iron.
          Energy tower – Purely theoretical alternative electricity generation and water desalination technology in low cost.
          Improvement of previously existing flat plate solar water heaters – A home facility which converts solar energy to thermal energy.

          Consumer goods and appliances
          Epilator (originally "Epilady") – an electrical device used to remove hair.
          Wonder Pot – a pot developed for baking on the stovetop rather than in an oven.
          Micronized coating instant hot water pipes developed by A.C.T.
          Artificial gills – a theoretical special diving system that is not yet in production.

          Rummikub – a tile-based game for two to four players invented in Israel by Ephraim Hertzano.[69][70]
          Hidato – a logic puzzle game invented by the Israeli mathematician Gyora Benedek.[71]
          Taki – an Israeli card game invented by Haim Shafir.

          Bamba – peanut butter-flavored snack.
          Limonana – a type of lemonade made from freshly-squeezed lemon juice and mint.
          Ptitim – wheat-based baked pasta. It was initially invented during the austerity period in Israel when rice was scarce.
          Shkedei marak – small yellow crisp crouton squares used as a soup accompaniment.

          Physical exercise
          Aviva method

          In comparison, the list of muslim inventions:

          Please, go ahead and make some more lies, because that's all you have in your defense.

          • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

            Touche! LOL

          • mlcblog

            Thank you!! somebody needed to do it.

          • HermitLion

            I actually had to cut down the list several times just so it would fit within the character limit :)

          • Paul D

            Good job. Everyone who knows anything knows that muslims can't hold a candle to any actual "civilization", let alone the work effort and invention of the jewish people. Just like Mad Mo, muslims hate jews the most because they are jealous.

          • HermitLion

            It's worth noting that this list is actually tiny compared to the contributions made by the 'filthy zionists' to world technology and knowledge, simply because Israelis work as part of teams with other countries to make JOINT achievements.

            Medical breakthroughs (Alzheimer cure), high tech innovations (the latest Intel chips), agricultural and biotech improvements (some of those weird new veggies and fruits you see on supermarket shelves, as well as desert farming)… these aren't some collectivist, nationalized projects – but free market, individual achievements, that are shared with the rest of the civilized world, without any attempt to claim them to 'Jewish superiority', or steal credit for other people's work.

            In short, if muslims had any concept of integrity, honesty, or critical thought, they would've been ashamed that their culture is so inferior, it has to STEAL history and subvert it, in order to look good. Only shameless liars and cowards are comfortable with being part of such a despicable collective.

        • Zionista

          hey mburu, look at the long list of JEWISH winners of nobel prizes and compare it to the tiny list of arab winners. And the computer parts you use to write your Jew hatred most likely came from Israeli technology.
          Not shut up jealous loser.

          • objectivefactsmatter

            It amazed me how quickly the third world climbed on the www to denounce historic European colonialism (what other kind is there?!) and "neo-colonialism."

            The only modern ideas they accept came from Soviet anti-Western propaganda…and they use Western "neo colonial technologies" to protest. They don't actually need this technology once the infidel is defeated globally and the caliphate is restored. There is no reason for a Muslim to show any respect for a non-Muslim unless it is tactically beneficial for Jihad.


          mburu, Moral filth like the ideas of the prophet of satan, mohammed.?

      • jacob

        One has only to watch a program like WANT TO BE A MILLIONNAIRE to learn people's level of
        They'll know by heart the name of the guy carrying the drums for the drums player of the "RITHM MURDERERS" band in 1950 but can't name the capital of their own state, much like OBAMA not
        knowing how many states in the Union and therefore, I wouldn't doubt for single moment these
        ignorants swallowing line, hook and sinker the notion of the earth being square, floating on a
        sea of milk OR REELECTING OBAMA, if they are unable to laugh off in the face of the swindlers
        lecturing them on Muslim inventions, with a "religion" who thrives on darkness and to which
        education other than memorizing like parrots the words of their "Prophet" and commentators
        is anathema…..
        Is it possible that the White House Muslim lover has anything to do with this stupidity ?

    • Lady_Dr

      The get away with it because they are replying on the public 'education' system. Which means the children, their parents and teachers all have 'public education' which trains them to be useful idiot

    • aspacia


      Dont cha no, they were Muslim, but didn't know it.

    • whatdoyouknowclone

      "but it 'seems' it was the Chinese who were first"
      "perfectly fits the way their culture works"
      "big bucks involved by shadowy organisations"

      Hey, you spelled "organizations" wrong….

      • objectivefactsmatter

        "Hey, you spelled "organizations" wrong…."

        Good thing you're still here. How's my spelling? Please check it completely in the entire thread. Thanks.


        Hey, you spelled "clown" wrong…

      • pagegl

        Not if he is from England.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      "In actual fact, this method of historical falsification perfectly fits the way their culture works. "

      Defending the Koran as divine requires it. Western history falsifies the Koran. What else would you expect? If they didn't re-imagine an entire alternate universe, they'd have to join the West and lose their superior attitudes and culture. Did I say superior culture? I meant culture where men can claim superiority over women and anyone they can get away with pulling a weapon on.

    • mlcblog

      It's a different standard. Science based on belief, not facts and especially not proof, as in logic.

    • Fancy

      Yep Muslims are retrograde and the only solution is the final solution

      • Kufar Dawg

        It the oil rich theocratic oligarchies and the states they run that fund islamofascism were to be destroyed it might go a long way towards diminishing the power of islamofascism.

      • KarshiKhanabad

        Don't ever forget that the final solution is what the Muslim world intends for we the hated "Kuffar".

        It's expressed in that inconvenient Salih hadith about the Islamic day of judgement when those talking trees & talking rocks will invite the Muslim to come & kill Jews who are hiding behind them. It was also stated by Mad Moh himself:

        "First we come for the Saturday people, then we come for the Sunday people."

        In other words, Islam is harmful to children and other living things.

        • Kufar Dawg

          They're coming for all the people who aren't muslime, regardless of what day of the week it is. Whether it be Buddhists in Thailand, Hindus and Sikhs in the Indian sub-continent, Bahais in Iran or Communists in Iran (who have ceased to exist) the muslimes have slaughtered all of them.

    • BS61

      But they are getting away with it. We are living in the pravda media world now.

    • shahrays

      Hmmm why now is Scientology so close to religion. centuries ago the muslims invented the company t o know where East is if they were to travel or if they were on a ship so they can pray. Motivation of religion and understanding of a human ability to explore ways to do good with a poitive thinking can lead to inventions and hard work of research. Book from the musuems for alexandria in Egypt and research while muslims were in places like brazil and puortego were left behind during the days of crusades and other battles and wars. the test was taken and moved to europe by europeans.

  • PAthena

    Why does the exhibit refer to the religion of those it calls "the inventors?" Is the exhibit about Arab inventions or what? The Greeks provided the basis of science and mathematics, not Arabs of any religion. Even the so-called arabic numbers actually come from western India, the place system of numbers comes from the Babylonians, and the Chinese invented the compass. President Obama in his speech in Cairo (why Cairo?) uttered at least three falsehoods about Muslim accomplishments: (1) that Muslims had invented the printing press (Gutenberg was not a Muslim, and the Chinese had invented a printing press without moveable type); (2) that Muslims had invented the compass (the Chinese had done that); (3) that Muslims has founded the first university (the first was in Bologna, invented by Italians). Is the exhibit the consequence of pressure from President Obama to support his lies?

    • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

      A lie told often enough …

      • Paul D

        Just like constantly saying "the religion of peace". Say it often enough and maybe some people, even muslims will believe it.

        • marcello

          religion of piss!

    • marcello

      China invented gun powder for fire work, but British used it for gun!


    Didn't the Chinese invent gunpowder?

    The "Arabic" number system was invented by Hindus. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arabic_numbers

    • Mburu

      hindus invented polytheism, the most spectacular of its kind……… with more than 3 million gods/goddesses!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      what disorder compared to the muslim one true deity:…..

      none deserves worship/service but the one true God of abraham, moses, jesus christ and muhammad

      but zionists are preaching secularism or zionist christianity!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! fortunately they will never get zionist islam!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

        You Satanic Moon god allah is not the God of Abraham, Moses and Jesus.

        Your filthy koranus refers to Ibrahim, Musa and Isa, whoever they are.


        The muslim diety is satan.

        Nuff said.

      • Walt

        Would you please cite your authority for the claim of polytheism having 'more than 3,000,000 gods/goddesses'? Even YOU should realize that is a bit of a stretch …

        • Kufar Dawg

          Like any muslime Mburu isn't going to let the truth get in the way of his delusions.

    • Bert

      We should also recall that the old Soviet Union used to brag that all the great inventions were made by Soviet Communists.

  • Ethel Agnes

    Consider reading, The Great Divide: The Failure of Islam and the Triumph of the West by Alvin J. Schmidt, published by Regina Orthodox Press for clarifications and truths on these subjects. One item – the Muslims claim they established the first hospitals when history shows that the first hospitals were established by Christians way before the Muslims came into history.

    • jacob

      How about the stipulations for caring for the sick, the old and the infirm in the TORAH, 3,000 years
      before Jesus and 4,600 before Mohammed invented Islam ???????

      • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

        im agreeing with you but if i said that moses invented the torah and the religion of the jews how would you feel cause i believe that moses was a prophet and so was jesus and so was noah and so was adam and so was david and so was idris (enoch) and so was abraham and so was ismael. i can go on and on. if you want more proof i will give you a sheet of how mohammed is related to abraham


          Azeem, mohammed is a prophet of satan.

    • Raymond in DC

      Assyrian Christians indeed carried on the medical work of the earlier Greeks (and maintained many Greek works in the original, while Muslims usually worked from Arabic translations). The Jews picked up the ball from there. At one point, according to Sachar (cf. "Farewell Espana"), some 90% of the practicing physicians in the Mediterranean were Jews. (Most Jews then lived under Muslim rule.)

    • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

      im not saying that the christians did not create hospitals and provide health care but im saying that the way of the healthcare of the muslims was based on convenience say if the hospital had 16 beds and the number of patients were more the rooms of each bed would be split increasing the number in seconds to save lives

  • underzog

    As the article alludes to, this plethora of Muslim "inventions" is reminiscent of that Soviet craze that claimed Russia had invented everything. That claim led to such sarcastic sayings as "soviet watches are the fastest in the world" and "Russia is the elephants natural habitat."

    I have read about this invent-everything-propoganda before.

    • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

      ok then i have on question for you when the prophet mohammed split the moon in half some traces would have been left and even today those cracks remain.


        mohammed split the moon and spread green cheese on it.

    • tamimisledus

      In the UK, there was a series of comedy programs in which there was one recurring themed sketch where one of the characters would end up making claims that some aspect of (generally) UK culture was Indian, culminating in "the Queen, Indian you know" (roughly paraphrased). I thought they were being ironic and amusing. But maybe a group of muslims and/or sympathisers took the concept truly to heart?

  • davarino

    Why is it then that every muslim nation is underdeveloped, destitute, backwards, without any industry to speak of? All they have is oil which is produced with Western technology. When the oil runs out thats it, back to inventing the better dust pan, or non exploding crayons. It is a shame that all that oil is not being used to build infrastructure and industry, rather than using it to conquer the world and spread there misery

    • jacob

      Coming to think about, didn't the I.G Farben under the Nazis produce gasoline and diesel fuel from
      coal ????
      At the prices of fuels nowadays, wouldn't it be economically viable to produce it for the use of the
      West and been able to tell the oil producers it is $3.oo a barrel or shove it ??????

      I remember it was a known fact there was oil galore under the North Sea but it being dangerous and
      unpredictable, made anti-economical exploiting it…
      But just OPEC started garroting the users, it became viable to the extent it is the BRENT oil whose
      price is one of the price indexes of oil……
      To my knowledge, there is coal galore even in these USA to cover the gap of the alleged 30%
      "imported" oil as claimed unless it a lie and it is rather close to 75 per cent ?????
      Besides, doesn't OBAMA want to kill the use of coal ???
      Then I dare say that, rather than looking for SOLYNDRA type energy solutions, wouldn't it be a
      golden opportunity to put the OBAMA's outlawed coal to a good and profitable use…???
      And while on the subject, has anybody bothered to find out where does all the Alaskan oil go to ????.

      • Mike Giles

        Most goes to Japan. But you should remember that the only basis of influence in today's world comes from the Muslims sitting on a ocean of oil. If it weren't for that no one would pay any attention to them. If the US starts using it's oil reserves, the Muslim world would be allowed to drop back into the middle ages, and Muslim loving Obama doesn't want that. It's always been a question, about whether Middle Eastern money is involved in the environmental movement – which would explain their hostility to the west becoming energy independent.

        • davarin

          Good point, and probably why Obama didnt allow the Keystone pipeline.

      • Kufar Dawg

        I have read that OPEC manipulates oil prices to such a degree they can make the development of alternative fuels non-cost effective. Brazil's alternative fuels program was only developed because it was mandated by the dictator that ran Brazil at the time. I imagine OPEC's goals and those of islamofascists are practically one and the same seeing as that the same countries control both.

    • http://madaboutmahound.blogspot.com/ Gary Rumain

      It's because the arselifters have already invented everything. ;-)


        Islamofascists invented hijacking planes and flying them into buildings.
        Suicide bombing.

        MORE WORKPLACE ACCIDENTS for Islamofascism Please!

    • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

      davarino i would like to point out that the United Arab Emirates is a muslim country and if you have eyes you would see the amount of precision and development created in less than 100 years

  • Mburu

    the golden age of islam!
    how i wish i lived in those beautiful times!

    Now, I am trapped in this barren age
    the zionist "golden age"
    which is nothing but hell for non-jews
    where all good moral values that makes life worth living
    are being steamrollered by zionist propaganda

    but how i look forward to a beautiful life in paradise
    where zionist filth will be no more!

    • Zionista

      then strap on the only muslim invention – the suicide belt – and blast off to hell where you'll be with plenty of your own kind. bon voyage!

      • Mburu

        hell will definitely be full of racist zionists like you who imagine themselves superior to other human beings and spreading disorder on earth……..

        unless you renounce zionism and embrace islamism, ……strive to make God's law rule the earth with justice not racist zionism

        • Pontotoc Bill

          Sorry, Mburu, but Hell will eb populated by those who reject the One True God. Islam does NOT worship the One True God, rather muslims worship allah, a satanic religion given to Moohammed by the angel Lucifer. It was not Gabriel, but Lucifer, who gave Islam to Moohammed.

          Remember, Moohammed was a murderer, thief, rapist, pedophile, and many other crimes.

          Moohammed, (Piss be upon him).


          bmurug, Hell is for Mohammed.

          Go make your Hajj to Hell.



          Islamofascists, at war with people all over the world. And where Islamofascists don't have Infidels to kill, Islamofascists turn on each other.

          Look at Syria.

          MooBooRoo, You are a looozer. No one respects you.



          Islamofascists, at war with people all over the world. And where Islamofascists don't have Infidels to kill, Islamofascists turn on each other.

          Look at Syria.

          MooBooRoo, You are a looozer. No one respects you.

        • chuck

          Hell? Isn't that where the Koran says Allah lives, torturing "bad" peaceful muslims who wouldn't kill for Allah?

        • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

          well said

      • 112

        Nope they didn't invent suicide bombing either, they stole it from Japan. Compared to all these other "inventions" though, it is the closest they've gotten to inventing something.


          Nope, Islamofascists invented suicide bomb vests, child sizes too.

    • mlcblog

      Fantasy. I love it, too, but a different kind.

    • Chiggles

      Chingacabra pendejo mas estupido.

      • pagegl

        Chiggles, I know just enough Spanish to be laughing my arse off.

    • Paul D

      Please feel free to leave whenever you like. Strap on a vest and take a few of your backward brethren with you. I'm sure they'll thank you as they reside in hell, enjoying their 72 virginal pigs.

      • ninetyninepct

        Why are muslims blowing themselves up?? Don't they know that all the virgins were used up long ago. There are some slightly used boys still left but they will be blowing themselves up shortly. As for women jihadists – don't the men have a problem with their women playing with 70 virgin men (if they can find them)?

        • Kufar Dawg

          Women don't get any virgin men, most of them end up in islamic hell as muhamMAD himself indicated. A fact which kinda begs the question of where the 72 virgins for each man come from.


      Mburu, If you're not careful, mecca will be wiped off the face of the earth. Permanently.

      Where you going to Hajj to?

      BTW, who do you think has more powerful nukes?

      A bunch of asslifting, knuckle dragging savages who stone girls to death in an Islamic Republic, OR, the USA which has 67 years of expertise?

      P.P.S. The Islamofascist world is target rich.

      Happy Eternal Nakba mburug.

    • Drakken

      I see a future Darwin Award in your future, and good bloody riddance savage.

    • Puff Father

      That made me laugh! You were being funny, yes?

    • SKIP

      You can have all of that now, move to Zimbabwe, South Africa, Afghanistan, Baghdad, Detroit, Birmingham or Atlanta or Somalia, maybe even Sudan or Liberia but PLEASE LEAVE HERE.

    • HermitLion

      Don't be sad Mburu, we would ALL like you to live in those times, and not in our times.
      In fact, you, and every single backwards savage like you, so you can die of some unknown disease along with 80% of the children you force your women to have.

    • KenD

      You can go there right now! All you need is a gun and one bullet!

      • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

        Or a garbage bag and a rubber band large enough for the neck, or perhaps a tall tree to jump out of?

    • traeh

      Perhaps you are just jealous that Jews, with only 1/100th the population of Muslims, have received 100 times the number of Nobel prizes in the sciences, mathematics, medicine, economics. 100 times the prizes, with 1/100th population, means that a Jew is 100 x 100 = 10,000 times as likely as a Muslim to win a Nobel prize for science. That explains why the Middle Eastern Muslim states are basket cases and only escape third-world status when there happens to be oil in the ground that non-Muslims can be paid to extract. Meanwhile, Israel is a technological powerhouse and first-world society.

    • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

      Mashallah i agree with you brother

    • https://www.facebook.com/azeem.sheriff Azeem Sheriff

      do not take fear of these swines who insult you there will be muslim brothers like me who will support muslims like you


        Spoken like a long time member of al qada.

  • ★FALCON★

    The car bombs, bomb vests, tanker bombs and airplane bombs have all been inventions of the muslims.

    Thank Goodness some of these bomb makers have been countered with the cell phone bomb.

    • IsraelFirster

      You left out the grenade belt, taqqiya and hudna.


        Don't forget NAKBA. ETERNAL NAKBA!

  • Spikey

    Did anyone inform Al Gore that it was the muslims that invented the internet?

    • SKIP

      The muslims have also invented their own history.

      • Kufar Dawg

        LOL, TWICE!


      Even Tipper, Al's wife couldn't take his BS.

      She divorce Al Gore.

  • kasandra

    For what it's worth, I believe Amtrak is one of the sponsors of this exhibit. Maybe the Muslims could invent a railroad that runs profitably.

    • Ewm

      Nope, they would have to get us infidels to do that too

    • ebonystone

      Lots of railroads make profits, such as BNSF, which is why Warren Buffett bought it. It's hauling passengers that generally loses money. In the old days, railroads made enough from freight and mail to cover their losses on passenger trains. But as the government increasingly subsidized highways, waterways, and air transport, freight and mail went increasingly to these modes, and profits almost disappeared. With the creation of Amtrak, the railroads were free of the passenger losses. And with the deregulation of the railroads, they were able to compete more effectively and become profitble.

      • kasandra

        For what it's worth, I was making a joke. Got it?

      • kasandra

        I guess you didn't so let me explain. See, Amtrak historically loses money. Yet, it's got money to fund this exhibit. So…..oh, never mind.

        • ebonystone

          Ah, I do see your point now. But both Amtrak's unprofitability and its support of this exhibit stem from the same cause: political interference. Amtrak does make a profit (by some accounting standards) on some of its routes, notably the North-East Corridor. But powerful Congressmen require it to run highly unprofitable trains to or through their districts or states. And so we have the notoriously unprofitable long-distance trains to the West, and Sen. Byrd's trains from DC to nowhere-in-WV. These are a double whammy: not only do they lose money, they divert Amrtak's equipment from more profitable use. No doubt political pressure was applied to get Amtrak funding for the exhibit, just like NASA is forced to devote funds to promoting an imaginary Moslem contribution to space science.

  • jtrolla

    Muslims didn't invent any of this stuff. They stole these inventions and innovations from Atlantis before it sank into the Atlantic Ocean in the area known as the Bermuda Triangle.

    • Chiggles

      I think Muslims sank Atlantis.

  • Sixpence

    The only thing they've ever invented is the Arab strap.

  • amused

    C'mon everyone knows Adam and Eve were muslims , and muslims discovered America , invented the wheel , invented farming ,and the first multi-stage rocket .And that moon landing ? Yup it was the muslims .
    In addition they perfected the art of femal circumcision , greatly improved chopping off heads -[they taught the Samurais and those backward French with their crude guillotine ] And how ingenious is eating with your right hand and wiping your asss with the left ! And the wisdom of chopping off the right hand for theft , that'll "learn'em". now they have to eat with the same hand they ewipe their asssses with ! What GENIUS !
    And they invented the " Double-Dugan " chop off the right hand and the left foot !! What balance ! Not to mention blowing people up ,no one is more efficient .

    No man , without muslims the world would be in dire straights .

    • Mtcsnu

      At least we wipe our assess ha ha ha ha ha ha ha.

    • masoodali


  • VLParker

    I have no doubt that the muslims invented the ice pick, garotte and stilletto. I know there is no ice in Arabia, garotte sounds French and stilletto sounds Italian. Nevertheless, I remain convinced they were invented by muslims.

    • Judenlieber

      Don't forget the Scimitar. For the closest shave of your life…

    • bill carr

      Actually you have a weak case, just because some country used its own language to label something does not mean the Muslims did not invent same. Eg, if we call something a windmill does not mean it was not invented by somebody who does not speak English. Just pointing that out.

    • tagalog

      I think they DID invent the kris, with its wavy blade. And, of course, Damascus steel.

      But wait, Damascus is in Syria, and the Syrians and the Arabs are different, aren't they?

  • BS77

    Didn't they win a prize for the shoe bomb?….Everyone has to remove their shoes at airports now in respect for that invention.

    • IsraelFirster

      Yes, the won the Nobel Piece Prize.

  • Spider

    Top 10 Mu-slim inventions in history

    1. The suicide B-omb vest
    2. The pre-teen wife
    3. The Honor Killing
    4. The Jitzya Tax for infidels
    5. Stoning
    6. Beheading
    7. Genocide for Joos (centuries before Hit-ler)
    8. The sister or cousin wife
    9. Sex with animals (whem sister or cousin are un-avaialble)
    10. The Mos-que (terror planning and staging area)

    • Mike Giles

      At #9, you forgot sex with your dead wife, Until an animal, sisters and cousins becomes available.

    • jack

      Don't forget they created impalement and that ungrateful former child political prisoner – Vlad Dracul Teppes III stole credit from them.
      But Vlad did invent nailing turbans to their heads when they so rudely did not remove them in tribute.

      muslims did improve scaphism and carding tortures to a fine science though.Nothing like scraping human flesh off down to the bone with steel combs to make a muslim chipper.

    • Manchu

      top 10 secular inventions:

      (1) Pornography
      (2) Alcoholism
      (3) Disrespect to parents
      (4) Drug abuse
      (5) Robbery
      (6) Interest Banking
      (7) Dont clean your arse after taking dump
      (8) Gangster rap
      (9) Promotion of the immorals
      (10) George W Bush

      God bless the West


        mohammed, prophet of satan.

  • Leland64

    Did the display of Muslim inventions include flying carpets and magic lanterns?

  • AntiSharia

    The Jews gave us religion, the Greeks gave us philosophy, and the Romans gave us law, and Republicanism. The Muslims legacy to the world? Jihad and misery.

    • Kufar Dawg

      Muslime states have been described as misery theme parks, perhaps by Mr. Rumain.

  • Lucia

    Shame to National Geographic!

  • Lady_Dr

    I have long believed that most "Islamic" inventions were by 1st or 2nd generation converts to Islam (usualy forced conversions). So these inventors brought their inventive thinking with them to Islam – it had nothing to do with Islamic anything. Islam stiffles all thought.

    • manchu

      But then who do you attribute inventions to? The vast majority of the worlds nations are conquered people or used to be something else. You could say all western inventions from China to Spain between the fall of the muslim empire and today are muslim inventions because they are 2nd or 3rd generation converts to christianity. Look I see your point but it should be applied consistently.



        what flag is flying on the moon? Planted by astronauts from which country?

        Hint: It's ain't the flag of a Muslim majority nation – unless you think the USA is a muslim country.

  • Western Spirit

    Islam like the Soviet Union claims credit for the creative efforts of others. Yet people need freedom for their creative juices to flow that's why the U.S. has had creative genius's in abundance.

    While Islam has a prophet so lacking in virtue they’ve also claimed the holy men of Christianity and Judaism as their own— Jesus and Moses.

    Demonstrating that totalitarian's simply purloin whatever makes them look good because lies are their way of life and Satan is the father of lies. Thus putting all their lies in perspective.

    • Manchu

      In the Islam of today, the word Muslim means someone who believed in god alone with no partners, we don't claim Jesus and Moses but say they had the attribute of a muslim in this sense. Muslims believe in Jesus and Moses but there is nothing to claim we just believe they were gods prophets and therefore we say they were muslim but it doesn't mean we say they weren't Jewish or Christian at all. Calm down.


        What kind of a "god" inspires followers to hijack planes and fly them into buildings?

        Can only be satan.

  • cjk

    The real truth is that by destroying the Greek civilizations in North Africa and the Middle East, Mohammedanism is most likely the number one reason for the World's descent into the Dark Ages.

  • sononthe_beach

    How about details surrounding the invention of the rough-cut saw used to behead the infidels?

    • dmw

      I think their saws had a smooth edge until they got ahold of them. Their conversation probably went like this: "Hey, I've got a great idea. Why don't we make these perfectly good saws, you know, beyond dull?"

  • ldw

    The Islamic nations have not advanced past the 7th century and they are attempting to drag the rest of the world back in time with them.

  • Yorkshire Mine

    This crap was doing its rounds in Britain a couple of years ago sponsored by the British Home and Foreign office of all people. I pointed out at the time a long list of what they didn't invent such as stainless sjavascript:%20hideMsgBox();teel antibiotics Portland cement. etc and pointed out that Edison had more patents too his name. Not only that I wondered why when they conquered Egypt and North Africa it had a very well used Roman road system with carts and wondered aloud I the Muslims were so bright why didn't they invent a decent camel cart. I posted it one day on there site only to find that it had disappeared the following day. Very very strange. I was very polite

  • Gloria Stewart

    Did CAIR have anything to do with the language of this presentation? I am, of course, being facetious. The Muslim propaganda machine excels at this kind of disinformation.

    When assessing the contributions of Islam to civilization, please consider the following. 1) When Islam conquered nations, they were usually advanced nations. Islam simply piggy backed on their civilization. A parasite can live quite well on its host's body for a period of time. 2) Many of the accomplishments were done by Dhimmis – the second class citizens who lived in Muslim ruled nations. They were either Christians or Jews – possibly Zoroastrians. In the case of the first two they were capable of critical thinking which Muslims, thanks to its Koran, are not. Most of the administrators, for example, in Muslim ruled countries were dhimmis, Muslims being better at killing than administration. 3) Many of the Muslim accomplishments were made by Muslims who were reverts – converts – to Islam. Whether from sincere religious belief or because being a Muslim was infinitely better than being a dhimmi or being dead for the purposes of this article does not matter. As such their formative period was not under Islam but under Judaism or Christianity, again teaching them critical thinking skills.

    Gloria Stewart

    • Manchi

      How is that different from the world as it is today. Christians brutally conqured the world at some point in history and many people would have converted out of fear and today the USA do the same thing and many claim disbelief so they can get a slice of the wealth. Be consistent in your thought process.

  • Western Spirit

    The Muslim's also claim Jesus and Moses as their own. A purloin that goes along with their "golden age" propaganda.

    What they lack they steal and they lack a prophet with virtue along with creative genius's, who need freedom to permit their creative juices to flow.

    All lies are true to their totalitarian beliefs. Lies lead to slavery and the truth sets us free. Since Satan is a liar and the father of lies their lies tell us the truth about their origins and who Allah really is.

  • Spikey

    Abbas Ibn Firnas, who “dared to dream man could fly 1000 years before the Wright Brothers.”

    I smell some BS.

    20,000 years ago while feasting on a pterodactyl and drinking a bit too much fermented grapes, Ogg got up and decided to try on the pterodactyl carcus. Noticing that it fit quite well, he had his brother Nogg tie the wings to his arms. Ogg, really excited and always the showman of the clan, was dancing around the cave flapping his wings. Then the thought entered his mind……. looking out from the cave, nestled high up in the cliff side, at the valley below he flapped his wings as hard as he could and jumped…….

    That was the last anyone ever saw of Ogg. Some say he soared like a bird last seen heading west towards the horizon. Others say a gust of wind took him a bit too close to the near by valcano. Whatever the case is, Ogg flew……..

    • tagalog

      And then, of course, there's the Greek mythological tale of Daedelus and Icarus. The ancient Greeks also knew about the desire to fly.

      And then of course, admittedly quite a bit after the ancient Greeks, came Leonardo daVinci, who drew plans and made a working model of what we refer to as an early type of helicopter. He also developed plans and a model for an early parachute. Did Leonardo precede the Muslim guy who jumped off the roof? If so, the Muslim guy could have learned from Leonardo.

  • Chiggles

    Only invention of theirs I can think of is the nail bomb packed with rat poison.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    I'm shocked that a smart thinking guy wanted to jump off the cordoba mosque even that far back.

    This suicidal thing the muslims have goes back much further than I realized.


    "1001 Inventions is supported by Prince Charles … Hillary Clinton praised the exhibit."

    Aren't the emperor's clothes beautiful?

    • Kufar Dawg

      When you and your husband do mutli-million dollar business dealings with islamofascist petrocracies you might tend to have all praise for anything islamofascist.


    9/11 was a Muslim invention.

    Before 9/11, when a plane was hijacked, the passengers expected to end up in Cuba or Libya.

    Since 9/11 passengers are vigilant.

  • Bob Avakian

    Yeah. Islam is a religion of peace and is far better for the pepole of the Middle East than anything else. They are really moderates.

    And many people in the 1930's said the same thing about Hitler for Germany.

    Just read the book to find out the real plan – either Mein Kampf or the Koran.

    • whatdoyouknowclone

      Just a question? Do you think that all Muslims are Turks that want to kill Armenians?

      • Kufar Dawg

        The Turks certainly didn't OPPOSE the slaughter of some 2.5 million Armenian and Assyrian Christians and they certainly haven't done much except DENY it for the past 100 years AHmed.

        • whatdoyouknowclone

          Screw the Turkish government and the brainwashed Turks that believed that this genocide never took place. I'm just tired of the all too common misconception that Armenians equate Turks with Arabs. I would not bring it up if it was not a phenomena.

          • Kufar Dawg

            My problem with Turks is that they are islamofascists who have not only done nothing for the victims of their various genocides and pogroms committed in the 20th century (think Cyprus, or Istanbul or Armenian and Assyrian Christians) but DENY the fact they ever occurred.

        • whatdoyouknowclone

          I did not state that.

    • manchu

      Ye and Guantanamo as well init bud ;-)

  • PamM

    These so called Islamic inventions have been debunked so many times that it's quite surprising to find they are still being propagated, particularly by reputable organisations such as National Geographic who should know better. There are some excellent articles in WikiIslam which tear these fallacies to shreds.
    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Islam_and_Science http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Setting_the_Record_Strahttp://wikiislam.net/wiki/20_Islamic_Inventions

    • Kufar Dawg

      National Geographic hasn't published the truth about islam for decades.

  • Ar'nun

    According to Wikipedia, the "Camera Obscura" was invented by Mozi (Mo-Ti) (470 to 390 BCE), a Chinese philosopher and the founder of Mohism.

    Those darn Islamaphobics at Wikipedia!

  • Stuart Parsons

    The only thing Islam invented was TAQIYYA and it has spread throughot the world. OOPS sorry I forgot, Muhammad invented a method of communicating with God, And was he not also the first man to fly on a night journey to the far off mosque.

  • Ghostwriter

    On this,the Islamists don't have a leg to stand on. Sure,they have some inventions,but much of the Muslim world's inventions were done by others like the Greeks,Chinese,and Romans centuries before the rise of Islam. The current exhibit by "National Geographic" is another attempt to play up to Muslim sensibilities by downplaying the achievements of other civilizations,including our own.

  • RUI

    Look, I just found another muslim "invention": this very exibit.
    Please read and weep: http://www.wikiislam.net/wiki/Islamic_Inventions%

    • kevinh

      Great link. Thanks.

  • RUI

    OK, to be fair, let's remember the greatest muslim invention of all time: Plagiarism!

  • cods

    I don't know if Muslims invented anything mentioned in this article but there is no dispute in their invention of the the double framed sloted placard used in demonstrations. One side has a picture of an old man with a white beard and the other side says "Death to Israel" I think the handle is also rounded so it can be spun. pretty cool I say.

  • http://www.facebook.com/mike.villano.71 Mike Villano

    Ben Kingsley is a cheap prostitute and a sell out like so many in Hollywood, politics and mass media.
    I'm am so sick of various elite at all levels thinking if they French kiss and kitty lick the animals in the world who think like the 9/11 hijackers, somehow they will make the world a better place.
    Then again he's probably more of a wind sock repeating lines he's memorized in uncritical stupor.
    Either way the result is the same.

  • Liz

    What makes organizations like National Geographic lower their standards so precipitously, when it comes to Islam? It's as if Obi-wan Kenobi comes by and hypnotizes whomever is in charge with a wave of his hand: "You will ignore the lies and equivocations." [another wave] "Only racists and Islamaphobes question us." [another wave] "Go along with this, and there'll be plenty more money to come!

    • manchu

      ye what is it that makes National Geographic lower their standards as well as thousands of people every week. Strange isn't it that so many people accept islam. Hmm

  • jose

    How could they be islamic inventions when everything was invented in USA.

  • Wally

    The (conquered) Persians were the only inventors in the early age of islam, they often took Arabic names, but Arabs themselves never invented anything: not a single thing.
    To claim otherwise is just plain duplicitous.

  • Sunbeam

    What is this! They are also changing and twisting facts about history inventions? What a lie. I hope the world would not be taken in by this fallacies. One must not support it. We must educate our children not to believe this lie. Oh! my goodness. I just can't believe this. This is their nature and character to lie, twist and distort. It seems that they ain't good at anything except this where no other people can compete. It's so unbelievably untrustworthy.

  • LoveFreedom

    The following Islamic belief/commandment demonstrates how “superior” Islamic/Arab science is to Western science: “An apple doesn’t fall to the ground because of gravity, it falls because it was Allah’s will that it fall at that exact moment.” More incredibly, “A person who is decapitated dies only because Allah willed the person die at that exact moment.”

    Allah’s absolute sovereignty over the universe precludes there being any predictable physical laws in the universe (gravity, light, orbits of planets, etc). To say that Allah is limited by physical laws is blasphemy, and many people living under shariah law have been killed and would be killed for saying such blasphemy.

    • ebonystone

      Which neatly explains why Moslems have won only two Nobel Prizes in the sciences in the 110 year history of the Prizes.

  • LoveFreedom

    Related, informative info in these 3 items:

    —Show 144 The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades Audio excerpt 3 (well-worth the 26 minutes), by Robert Spencer

    —Robert Spencer: Islam vs. Science

    —Show 754 Book- The Genesis of Science. Prager talks to author of: The Genesis of Science: How the Christian Middle Ages Launched the Scientific Revolution

  • A. D. White

    For those readers who wish to understand why Muslims have contributed virtually nothing to science for the last several hundred years, I can recommend "Islam and Science – Religious Orthodoxy and the Battle for Rationality" by Dr.Pervez Hoodbhoy. (PhD in physics from MIT). Then follow up with "The Closing of the Muslim Mind – How Intellectual Suicide Created the Modern Islamist Crisis" by Robert Reilly. No harangues in either book;; just good readable history.

  • http://www.facebook.com/marvin.fox.526 Marvin Fox

    1001 inventions, what a fascinating number. Like Political Science 101, It is easy to remember, and who will count to see if it is true. Not only that, The Muslim world was an intelligent world in many ways, especially with mathematics. They undoubtedly could count 1001 total inventions over time. Their inventions may have changed the Muslim world, and some of them may have helped change some things in ours. Our Christian and their Muslim worlds did not fit together. We advanced using our inventions and Muslims using their inventions. It appears the exhibit is using a false history to bridge a gap from the 7th century beginnings of the Muslim religion to the earlier world of the Jewish and Christian religions. That 600 year gap cannot be closed by a religion that didn't exist during those times.
    It appears to be a worst case claim to history. Political exhibitions do not produce reliable history.
    Marvin Fox

  • jose

    Next thing you know the'll be a tellin us that barack obama is islamic. jeesh

  • LoveFreedom

    Thanks, A.D. White, for mentioning "The Closing of the Muslim Mind." (couldn't remember the title/author)

    –The Closing of the Muslim Mind, interview w/ foreign policy expert Robert Reilly — on WGN's Extension 720 Show, hosted by Milt Rosenberg (Rosenberg is a real erudite, has many superb interviews)

    —Show 586 Dennis Prager talks to the author of Closing the Muslim Mind. 20 minutes.

    —10 Questions with ‘The Closing of the Muslim Mind’ author Robert R. Reilly

  • BS77

    Every day I wake up and thank God I do not live in a country like Sudan or Syria, Afghanistan or Pakistan. Let's protect our incredible nation, the USA!!!

    • manchu

      You thank god you are in USA because you are not on the recieving end of it's brutality. You are the modern definition of selfish.

  • william carr

    This will choke Muslims but the Jews have produced far more intellectual achievements than most other cultures except perhaps the Chinese, who invented almost everything long before the West did. Einstein is the most famous but there are many many more. One of the greatest errors made by Hitler was driving out most of the genius of the Jewish scientists and intellectuals. If he had kept them and treated them well he might possibly have won the war.

    • tedh754

      I've thought that for years. Had Hitler been only a nationalist and used the brains of his country, both Jewish and gentile, the war would have turned out totally different. Same with his invasion of Russia, putting his boots on their necks instead of allowing them to align with the German army as liberators. Bad choices all around.

  • bill carr

    It is often said that the Chinese only used gunpowder for fireworks. This is not correct they also used it for military rockets.

  • bill carr

    Mostly Uneducated Sexstarved Lazy Intolerant Men

    • Yorkshire Mine

      I have to admit that I couldn't think of anything that the Muslims have invented, That was until I realized that they did invent synchronised bowing. We in the West took it and ran with it adapting it too our needs how else would we have had synchronised swimming in the Olympics. You have to admit that that is great achievement. I am surprised that they did not claim that as one of there 1001 inventions


    1001 Inventions.

    As real as 1001 Arabian Nights.

    Both Fiction.

  • Looking4Sanity

    Regardless of whatever contributions Islam has made to society in the past, I have only one question for its followers… WHAT HAVE YOU DONE FOR US LATELY?!?

    All I'm seeing is the crucifixion of Christians, murders between various sects, the enslavement of women and children, lies, and an everlasting hatred of Jews and Israel. If Islam is such a great system, why do the majority of its adherents live in mud huts and caves?

  • nudibranch

    An exhibit purporting to present history, especially one sponsored by National Geographic,

    Stop right there. National Geographic, in the last 50 years, has drifted in its content from insufferably condescending to insufferable PC propaganda. How a former magazine of inquiry into geographic facts morphed into a trendy organ of transnational progressivism, with elgant photography as the sugar coating to attract readers, is a question for another time, but that change is plain as day. It now devotes itself to perfecting the modern citizen through immersion in all the main PC topics – anticolonialism, environmental fundamentalism, multiculturalism, collectivism and anticapitalism.

  • nudibranch

    An exhibit purporting to present history, especially one sponsored by National Geographic,

    And as self-hating transnational progressivism strongly opposes and heaps opprobrium upon Western civilization, it welcomes such allies as Muslim culture who share some of those attributes – never mind its misogynism, misgovernment and antidemocracy, never mind its oppressive colonial past. Hence National Geographic's eagerness to replace the history of that oppressive colonial past with a fine-art fantasy of oh-so-smart scientific development. Some parts of that may even be true (I don't see any reference by Mr. Adams to astronomy), but NG goes so far out of its way here, extolling the virtues of Islamic culture, you'd think they learned the arts of extravagant praise while working for the Dear Leaders of the Kim dynasty.

  • pat

    Yeah. We signs of creative Muslim thinking every day! Oh wait. They are barbarians at the gate.

  • Daphne

    The sand diaphragm should not be overlooked at #1002.

  • Infofact

    With this exposition propaganda designed to whitewash Islam to make it acceptable for the general public, it is of absolute importance to circulate all over the US this brilliant article on WikiIslam which debunks the twenty most advertised bogey inventions by so-called "Islamic inventors" in which you will discover that religious authorities in Saudi Arabia described the Earth as being flat !
    http://wikiislam.net/wiki/Islamic_Inventions%3F_H… in

  • TopAssistant

    Do you want to see what our Founding Fathers thought about Islam and the Koran? Type in your search engine: “John Adams Koran, 1806, Alcoran of Mahomet or you can go directly to it here: http://archive.org/details/korancommonlycal00john and you will come to John Adams Koran published in 1806. Look to the upper left side of the first page and you will see a blinking icon, “View the Book”, right below it you will find, “Read it Online”, link to it and read the 2nd & 3rd pages. It will tell you what they thought of the Koran and it isn’t what the Islamists and media pundits tell us.
    Please review it and post it on every website you can so it increases the opportunities for Muslim to read and quit their lying about how Thomas Jefferson and John Adams loved Islam. They did not. Type in your search engine: John Adams & Thomas Jefferson letter, Grosvenor Square, March 28, 1786.

  • Asher

    More lies, deception, and propaganda. Part of the reason Islam hates Jews and Christians is that they are jealous of accomplishments and a resolve to succeed which we have proved beyond a shadow of a doubt that we are the entrepreneurs and innovators…thats why Obama wants to bring down America, to cut us down to size… Perhaps Islam can explain to the people of America on the DNC platform..how Sharia law works and what Freedoms will be taken away from all of us. Perhaps men in this country should think about if they want their wives and children to be governed by Sharia law and treated less than dogs…


    1001 Muslim Inventions, as real as 1001 Arabian Nights.

  • ratonis

    But the Muslims DID invent air travel! They had flying carpets long before anybody else.

  • tedh754

    You would think after all this time that the Muslims could have figured out how to behead a person using something better than a steak knife.

  • tedh754

    It could not possibly be "the" Bob Avakian, the Stalin of our time. Talk about a cult of personality! Everybody will be equal but Chairman Bob. Revolution Books! Stalin, Mao, Lenin…why not Pol Pot? The Ends justify the mean. Millions of dead, just so a worker can have a good day? Certainly not.
    Issues with your jurist dad can only take you so far, Bob.

  • tedh754

    Didn't Kingsley win an Oscar for "Gandhi?" Who murdered Gandhi?

    • Kufar Dawg

      A Hindu murdered Gandhi, for selling out millions of Hindus and Sikhs to muslo-fascists in Bangladesh and Pakistain.

  • LoveFreedom

    TopAssistant, your informative comments and links (thank you) about what the Founding Fathers thought about Islam jogged my memory of another superb FrontPageMag article from several years ago by Dr. Andrew Bostom:

    America’s First War on Terror By: Andrew G. Bostom
    FrontPageMagazine.com | Thursday, May 04, 2006 http://archive.frontpagemag.com/readArticle.aspx?…

    Is a gripping historical narrative about how America finally had their fill of paying protection money to the evil Muslim rules of the N. African countries. Shortly after the War of 1812 was over, the President dispatched ships and the Marines to roundly defeat the Muhammedans and force them to stop attacking our ships.

    Am sure many believe, as I do, that defeating the current true-believer followers of the pedophile prophet will again be the only way peace can be achieved–they certainly can't be reasoned or negotiated with. I also believe that things are going to get much worse in Europe and America before they will get any better.

  • Judd Rusnak

    We don't have to go that far into history.

    From 1901 through 2011 there were 850 noble prize winners. From that number, over 170 winners were Jewish 9 were Muslims and the rest were Christians. They could not fudge these stats, it only shows what kind of a people we are dealing with.

    Throughout history, the killed, decapitated, bashed, raped, mugged, etc. etc. etc. they never had the time to invent anything they only managed to produce hate and wars. Look at Israel, such a small tiny nation with more patents than all the Arab countries in the ME and North Africa combined.
    I rest my case

    • manchu

      its funny with all your advancements you lot still rape, kill, decapitate, bash, mugg…

  • Judd Rusnak

    Let me just add a bit for my previous comment.
    From the 9 Noble Prize winners, there were 7 in the area of literature and peace and only TWO in the siences
    So, the Muslim contribution to the world in the past 110 years is around 0.2%, while Jewish contribution is of 20%

    • LoveFreedom

      Good info to have, thanks. It absolutely boggles the mind, doesn't it, how so many "educated" people can not or will not open their eyes to see the threat that islam always has been and continues to be today! The West refused to see the threat that hitler was until it was almost too late—islam has a 1400-year recorded history of backwardness, barbarity, slavery, violence, murder, and mayhem and yet, the dhimmi's and useful idiots in the West defend it today. Incredible!

      We WILL continue to inform and warn all we can. (this is esp informative also– -http://www.jihadwatch.org/islam-101.html)

  • Aussie guest

    The muslims say that they were the first to build hospitals. Actually King Ashoka of India did, he was a Hindu convert to Buddhism, he also was the first to build veterinary hospitals. Oh I am so tired of listening to muslim lies.

  • James Brookner

    In fact the wright brothers were not the first to fly.

    This whole website is an extremely disturbing one and reminds me of the nation front or something. the sheer hatred and ignorance against millions of people is reminiscent of the nazis.

    • Western Spirit

      This web site is an "extremely disturbing one?

      This tells enough about your mindset to nullify anything you say.

    • JoJoJams

      Hey knucklehead (and I usually don't do the name-calling) – there is a vast difference between powered flight and gliding with "wings". Or, one may as well state the French invented "flight" because Rozier and his hot air balloons "flew" in the mid 1700s. But that's not what is claimed of the Wright brothers. Their claim to fame is to be the first in controlled, powered flight. Can you comprehend that distinction?

  • flowerknife_us

    I suppose the Muslims lost out with the whole concept of Marketing. 1001 inventions of which developing any one of them would have made riches beyond their comprehension.

    Let us get this flight story correct

    1. First flight- witnessed by his fellow coreligionists.

    2. Second flight- Having been chased up a mountain side to escape their wrath, he jumps once more.

    3. End of Mans first attempt at flight.

  • Glennd1

    It's so hard to keep track. I thought everything was invented in Africa? And then I was told that women invented everything of value. But now I find out it was really the Muslims who ushered in modernity, wow, it's hard to keep track of the bouncing ball…

  • Kufar Dawg

    Everyone should cancel their subscriptions to National Geographic magazine. Their magazine has been nothing but an outlet for islamofascist propaganda for decades. Throw their magazines in the trash and tell them why you're doing so.

  • Spikey

    Al Gore: "I took the initiative in creating the Internet"
    March 1999 in an interview with Wolf Blitzer……….

    Transcript of the interview: http://www.cnn.com/ALLPOLITICS/stories/1999/03/09

    Any questions?

    • trickyblain

      He did not say he "invented" the Internet. He did, in fact, create and champion the funding that led to its free use.

  • https://www.facebook.com/ann.kenevan Ann Kenevan

    Revisoionsit history, Is William Aryes writing this also, like he rewrite the history of American slavery for school children?

  • Robert Rockwell

    Thanks for this great article. Once again FPM exposes the whitewashing of Islam to the gullible masses. This exhibition is just as preposterous as the "Islam is peace" load they (the politicians, media, other religions leaders, etc.) were shoveling after 9-11.

    You can spray perfume on a turd, but you won't convince everyone its a rose.

  • http://twitter.com/Brian_R_Allen @Brian_R_Allen

    Islamists and Peking's perilously pernicious predators have been pulling this same kind of delusional re-writing of history for hundreds of years, in the case of the muslims — and 65 for chicoms.

  • dave

    National Geographic lost their objectivity about Israel along time ago. Articles in recent years blame Israel for Christian persecution in the west bank, and question the veracity of Biblical stories based on incomplete archeology. The power of Saudi funding at play.

    • Kufar Dawg

      It goes back for decades. I've read NG's from the 60's and the fedayeen raids in which muslims came across from Jordan and slaughtered unarmed Jews never mentioned the fact they were muslimes at all. Ditto for the artillery fire that used to come from the Golan Heights when Syria owned them. NG has been whitewashing islamofascism for decades.

  • tagalog

    The Arabs are commonly noted for their contributions to mathematics, with the concept of zero and Arabic numerals. However, the concept of zero is from the Indians, while the Arabs referred to the numbers we in the Western world use today as "Indian" numbers, revealing where they got them from.

    The Persians were sophisticated in astronomy. When the Arabs fought the Persian Empire to its end, in the 7th Century A.D., they adopted Persian astronomy for themselves, and the Westerners who became familiar with the Middle Eastern astronomy disciplines thought it came from the Arabs when in fact it came from the Persians.

    For a more complete treatment of Arabic/Muslim adoption of innovations in various areas, read David Lindberg's The Beginnings Of Western Science. Of course, we took what we used as our basic intellectual take-off point from everyone we could, but we built on what we took, something the Arabs can't say. For a good take on the Arabic mind, consider the words of Mullah Omar, an Arabic Muslim caliph when asked if the famous library at Alexandria should be destroyed: "If the books contain ideas that are different from the ideas of the Qur'an, they are false and we don't need them; if they contain ideas that support the ideas of the Qur'an, we have the Qur'an and don't need them; hence, burn them."

  • ConOff

    Pity. I don't see my favorite muslim invention listed here – the long drop. Where would civilization be without that? Still stuck in the 7th century, I suppose.

  • Reese

    This makes me so mad! All of the original beginning knowledge came from the "cream of the crop" Jews that King Nebuchadnazzer had taken captive from Judah (Israel. Judah is where the word Jew comes from) to Babylon (in modern day Iraq), Scarcely a word appears about the ethnic cleansing of the Jews from Iraq, nor about the vast impact the Jews of the region have made on the evolution of the region's culture and civilization. Little note has been taken of the persecution and induced exodus of over 200,000 Jews from Iraq, the virtual elimination of Judaic presence from the land in which they were a dynamic element over thousands of years.

    Nissan Rejwan opens his authoritative work, The Jews of Iraq, with the statement, "For close on four millennia the fortunes of the Jewish people, the growth of their religious beliefs, and the shaping of their culture were, in one way or another, inextricably linked with the 'land of the twin rivers,' now known as Iraq."1

    • Reese

      It can likewise be said that the growth of civilization in that region was inextricably linked to the Jews during those millennia. A substantive Israelite imprint upon Babylonian civilization began with the Assyrian conquest of Samaria in 723-2 BCE and the deportation (according to the Assyrian conqueror) of 27,290 of the most skillful and productive Israelites, the cream of Israelite society.

      The art of glassmaking offers a significant glimpse into the process. It was an art that had disappeared from Mesopotamia, the land in which it had been born. It reappeared in that ancient region with the importation of Israelite artisans. Sargon II, ruler of Assyria, celebrated the conquest by having a glass vase made, engraved with a lion and the insignia "Palace of Sargon, King of Assyria." It is a three-inch high green glass alabastron carved from a single piece of molded glass.2 It is now the treasured possession of the British Museum.

      • Reese

        Nebuchadnazzer, in 587 BCE, likewise deported thousands of Jewish artisans and savants, the cream of Judaic society, into the Mesopotamian heartland. The extent of Judaic influence can be judged by the fact that, by the time the Achaemenid king Cyrus became the ruler of Babylon in 539 BCE, Aramaic, the secular language of the Jews, had become the official language of the Persian civil service. Aramaic remained the region's official medium for local and international commerce and for governmental and diplomatic affairs for the next thousand years.

        Babylonia became the fountain from which scientific knowledge flowed into Greece, and subsequently across North Africa and Europe. The process started when Greek merchants such as Thales, Pythagorus, Herodotus, Leucippus, Democritus and others sojourned in Mesopotamia. The Greeks absorbed mathematics, astronomy and other sciences from the Babylonian sages and brought back the knowledge gained to Greece.3

        • Reese

          The Cambridge History of Judaism (Vol. II) acknowledges this debt Greek, and ultimately Western science owes to the savants of Babylonia. "It was during the Achaemenid period… that the Greeks borrowed several major cultural achievements from Babylonia. The historian Herodotus, who visited Babylonia about 450 B. C. E., and left a detailed description of it, wrote in his great work (11:9) that the Babylonians were the Greek's teachers in mathematics and astronomy. Gradually, the synthesis of scientific knowledge, artistic techniques, and religious beliefs of the various peoples brought about what was a new material and spiritual culture. Later this contributed to the triumph of Hellenism, which was the product of Greek culture with that of the peoples of the East."

          The science of the Babylonian sages lives on in the works of the Greeks, who codified it and made it known to the West. Judaic savants later found themselves in the reverse role of translators of the Greek texts into Hebrew, Latin, and Arabic.

          • Reese

            The concentration of Jews in the industrial, agricultural, and commercial heartland of Mesopotamia made up the most dynamic element of the subsequent Sassanian (3rd-5th century) economy. River navigation and international commerce were largely in the hands of Jewish entrepreneurs. Insurance and banking were carried on by great Jewish financial houses, and trade with silk, linen, glassware, grain, spices, and a variety of other essential goods was promulgated and financed on a scale that approaches that of modern times.4

            The Jews worked the land as tenants of the king, and many of the craftsmen were employed in state enterprises. Weavers and dyers, carpenters and smiths, sailors and singers are among the disciplines mentioned in the Talmud. The wines produced by the Jews of Sura won great praise in poetry quoted by an Arab chronicler of the seventh century. Glassware produced at Ctesiphon, one of the stations along the route into China, presaged the advent of the "Persian" glassware industry.

          • Reese

            Jews were an important part of the royal administration. The Judaic community was headed by the Resh Galutha (Exilarch, Naggid, or Nasi), who was charged with the collection of taxes, supervision of markets, and even had autonomous supervision over criminal cases. In pre-Islamic times the Resh Galutha bore the title "King." Thus the official title of the Persian emperor was "King of Kings." The Persian emperor Yezdegerd I (399-420 CE), married a Jewess, Shushan-Dukhit, daughter of such a Jewish "King." Shushan was no mere palace decoration. She promoted Jewish colonization, founding communities in Isfahan and Hamadan, towns that became of prime importance in Islamic times.5

            During the Mishnaic and Talmudic periods the population of Babylonian Jews may have approached two million. In any event it constituted a sizable proportion of the region's inhabitants. Great Judaic universities flourished and the Babylonian Talmud was compiled.

            See much, much more at Hebrew History Federation: http://www.hebrewhistory.info/factpapers.htm

  • ElrayB

    If all of this is true, then it is the Muslims who have created global warming..er I mean climate change.

  • Anamah

    Muslims clowns are so funny! They are specially attracted to fall in the absurd making historic ridicule.

  • Ann

    all that and they still behead people,stone,rape children and have forced marriages…yep they sure were ahead of their time…out of the cave and back in … they be sooooooooooo smart… propaganda at its best…

  • east1999

    Everyone in this convo watches too much damn tv and probably doesnt have an actual muslim acquaintance let alone friend. Beheadings, rapes, molestation, bigotry, adultery, poverty; all these things that media shows on tv or what people THINK muslims are all about happens everywhere. Its like me hearing about Sandusky and thinking all white people are child molesters. Open your mind, stop the hate and the bs conspiracy theories. No single person can honestly admit that Muslims might have made an impact on the world of science? People actually think that all Muslims are terrorists or trying to take over the U.S or live in huts or beat their wives or any of the other close minded bs i read in these comments? Like it or not, eventually this entire country in going to be brown or beige. Your kids or grandkids will eventually marry a person of color and believe in black Jesus or black Mohammed. And hopefully, the closed minded, racist side of this great country will die. Any questions?

  • http://www.facebook.com/fbwmeyer Wade Meyer

    "You didn't build that! Somebody else did." comes through loud and clear.
    Hey I cancelled my NG subscription a long time ago. The reason I did was because it was becoming more political. It was more like "National Peacenik" or "National Save Whales", "National Global Warming" and "National SUVs Cause Pollution" magazine.

    But this is really sick propaganda. What's missing is truly a report on the scope of open inquiry and philosophy of Arabs PRIOR to Islam. What do you think the "Wise men from the east were in the Bible?" ; it was a culture of Arabs that were astronomers. Islam kills inquiry and independent thought. Because one would be too afraid of pissing off an Imam and be stoned to death.

  • Lyneil

    How could "Muslim culture" have produced so many of these inventions thousands of years ago when the religion wasn't invented until about 700 A.D." ? That's the last time I'll be watching Ben Kingsley in anything too.

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  • Manchu

    Very original. But if you want to claim muslims took the credit for inventions they did not invent then Christians should also take the blame for the saw you mention many civilisations before islam including Christians beheaded people.

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  • Will

    I am opposed to most of the viewpoints expressed on this site, but having just visited the 1001 Inventions exhibit at National Geographic, I whole-heartedly agree with this particular article.

  • fredfighter

    It is historically accurate that Al-Jazari pioneered the camera obscura, then he is certainly legitimately involved in the chain of inventions culminating in my Nikon 35mm.

    Though I doubt the stories about first flight — the one about rockets sounds like it was borrowed from Chinese legend, the fact is that the Wright brothers were not the first to fly. People flew lifted by kites, in balloons, and in gliders before them. The Wright Brothers themselves flew in gliders before their powered airplane.

  • Amani

    First, Thank you for installing this exhibit.
    Despite your comments guidelines, it seems that you just leave the attacks above. this is very offensive. To those who still have these prejudiced ideas about Islam, please READ about ISLAM from good sources…. and please, I beg you to read the whole BIBLE!

  • Guy Macher

    Muslims invented the suicide belt, the three course lunch, –sand coffee, more sand. They legalized pedophilia and misogyny. They are world class leeches, malingerers, and barbarians. And anyone who disagrees is a racist Islamophobe!

  • @a2mac

    Fascinating attempts to claim credit for writing in Arabic that which the world had already discovered. Camera Obscura wa documented/ known 1000 yrs before Muhammad was born. A Chinese man was first and this was followed by Greeks like Aristotle. We all know the story of Igarus flying to close to the sun again predating Islam by hundreds of years.

    When Arabs conquered north africa/persia Jewish & Coptic Christians Translated exciting scholarly works into Arabic. Some of this work was further developed most just plagiarised and passed of by later generations as innovation. They have invented very little in 1500 years for the population size. Compare to inventions of Scots or Jews.

    • Hani

      you may want to watch this, I think you need to know the facts.


      • BintAlAbla

        Thank you Hani. Unfortunately some people have disregarded the facts. Never mind, truth will triumph.

  • WakingUp

    What about these inventions? The Genuine inventions…….

    The yellow badge that was used by the Nazis against the Jews, was invented by a Muslim caliph in Baghdad in the 9th century as a variant of the zunnār belt. This then spread to the western world in medieval times. Source: Bernard Lewis, The Jews of Islam, Princeton University Press, June 1, 1987, I S B N 978069 1008073, pp. 25-26.

    According to Dr. K. Ajram, the author of “Miracle of Islamic Science”, Muslim scholars invented racial-typing centuries before the German Johann Friedrich Blumenbach “divided mankind into white, yellow, brown, black and red peoples”. Very frank for a change!

    In January 2013, Iran unveiled its new “amputation machine” via its official press agency, INSA. The device resembles a rotary saw and is used to mete out Shari’ah punishments to thieves, i e handcuttings.

    The first IBM PC virus in the wild was “(c)Brain”, created in 1986 by the Farooq Alvi Brothers in Lahore, Pakistan. Wow.

    According to Somayya Jabarti of Arab News, Saudi Arabia has the second highest divorce rate in the world (most divorces occur during the first three years of marriage).

    Turkey is the most promiscuous nation on earth, with the average Turk having had 14.5 sexual partners. The world average is 9 sexual partners (Indian and Chinese have had only 3 partners). – Durex survey

  • Ralph Ellis

    Sorry, but every single so-called Islamic invention was Roman, Greek, Indian or Persian.



  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Why am I not surprised that you a)defend violent islam and b)know about violence?

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Wee, you small little man.
    You are so full of hate for Christianity…

    Why an exact copy? Does paganism have grace? Does it have a savior that doesn't demand payment or rituals to earn our way to heaven?

    Christianity and Judaism may have some similarities in roots, but the mechanics and approach is totally opposite to paganism.

    You are simply a blinded bigot. Do you sit close to Trista Parsi's office?

  • Eyes_open

    Just back up a minute. Christianity stole almost everything it has from European pagans, but it didn't steal everything the European pagans had to offer. It took the holidays, and the myths, but left behind the good, humanitarian, neighborly basis that the pagans based their religions on.

    I resent the comparison. That is like saying that a rapist and a rape victim both had sex so they are basically the same. Not even close.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    I can read what you said, and the idea behind it was wrong. I explained why.

    Once again your ideas and claims are based on bigotry that doesn't stand up to the light of day.

    Wee, you're still just a small little man.

  • Eyes_open

    Does paganism have grace?


    Does it have a savior that doesn't demand payment or rituals to earn our way to heaven?

    Yes, but we don't call it Heaven, different name.

    We also don't have a "hell" that was totally a Hebrew/Christian invention to scare little children into doing as the priest told them. (Now pull down those nickers little one and I will give you a great blessing, and if you tell anyone you will go straight to hell)

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You silly little pagan. Christians never had to work their way to heaven never had to offer a single sacrifice. Never had to earn the approval of God.

    What theft of ideas are you talking about again?

    I resent your lies and insinuations.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Is that why pagans slaughtered so many human sacrifices to humor the gods they worshipped?

    You silly pagan you.

  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    You were just refusing to admit that suicide bombs as a way to paradise is a muslim invention.

    When the Tamil tigers used them it was a tactica offensive weapon to survive as a group. When islam uses it it's a forced tool to attack and go on the offensive.

    And you still a) defend violent islam b) know about violence.

  • WTE

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  • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nLNn2YflwNs Roger

    Poor little wee, you're sitting at your work terminal watching Trista Parsi walking around afraid that you're supervisors will realize how ineffective your style of propaganda is.

    A hate filled bigot, and you pretend to be a part of any real discussion…..it's not working is it?