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Islam and Science by Pervez Hoodbhoy
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Read 2 times. Last read December 29, 2016 to January 10, 2017.

Important insight for America’s current trajectory

Pakistani physicist and historian, Pervez Hoodbhoy is massively informative, funny, and fearless. Hoodbhoy reviews Islam’s embrace of science, the civilization’s meteoric rise, opposition to science, and final defeat of rationalism along with Islam’s Golden Age as a package deal by about 1200-1300. Islamic extremists “proclaimed a holy war against Rationalism,” writes Hoodbhoy, “against the upholders of reason and advocates of philosophy and science.”

Fast forward 500 years and we hear America’s Rush Limbaugh broadcast that science and scientists are “One of the four corners of evil and deceit.” Done so over radio waves discovered, and electronics built, by science. Portentous as the radicals of Islam.

The book closes with an entertaining review of modern “Islamic Science,” little different from “Proletariat Science” of Stalin and Mao that starved 40,000,000 of their own people, Hitler’s “non-Jewish Science,” or UCLA’s Sandra Harding’s “Feminists Science,” none of which are science. One Islamic scholar claimed “That jinns [a magic spirit], who God made out of fire, should be used as a source of energy.” Hoodbhoy publicly unveiled the man and happily responded to his ire, as “my article successfully hit a nerve-center of obscurantist nonsense.” A good intro to what America could look like as our anti-science movements march on.

Incidentally, “Islam and Science” and “Muslims & Science” are the same book, same author, same year, by different publishers.

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Started Reading ( Edition)
January 10, 2014 – Finished Reading ( Edition)
December 21, 2016 – Shelved ( Edition)
December 29, 2016 – Started Reading
January 10, 2017 – Shelved
January 10, 2017 – Finished Reading

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