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Dear Ms. Fiorina:
I read with great interest your speech entitled as “Technology, Business and Our way of life.” I was particularly interested in the story you described the Arab-Muslim civilization. As an Assyrian, a non-Arab, Christian native of the Middle East, whose roots go back to 5000-year past, I wish to clarify some of the points raised by you in this little story, and to warn you against the danger of being unwittingly involved in the Arab-Islamist ideology that It seeks to assimilate all cultures and religions in the Arab-Islamic mainstream.
Arabs and Muslims appeared on the world scene in 630 AD, when Muhammad’s army began the conquest of the Middle East. It was a conquest, not a missionary enterprise, the use of force in accordance with the declaration of Jihad. Arabs-Muslims forcibly converted non-Arabs and non-Muslims. Very few nations in the Middle East have experienced it, and among them, primarily Assyrians, Jews, Armenians and the Copts of Egypt.
Having conquered the Middle East, the Arabs have turned these people into Zimmi (see the book “Zimmi.”) – No rights of religious minorities (Christians, Jews and Zoroastrians). These people should have to pay a tax (jizya), which was, in fact, the penalty for being non-Muslim, 80% in times of tolerance and up to 150% in times of oppression. This tax forced many to move to Islam, for which it was designed.
You state: “The Arab architects designed the building, defying gravity.” I do not know what you mean, but if you are talking about domes and arches, the fundamental architectural achievement in the use of parabolic and spherical shape for these structures was made by the Assyrians more than 1300 years ago, as evidenced by archeology.
You state: “The Arab mathematicians created the algebra and algorithms that allow people to invent computers and encryption methods.” However, the fundamental basis of modern mathematics were not established by the Arabs, and Assyrians and Babylonians. Their knowledge has been assigned to the Muslim Arabs, who had come to Syria and Iraq (see. History of Babylonian Mathematics by Neugebauer and Babylonian mathematics)
You state: “The Arab doctors examined the human body and nashlinovye treatment of disease.” However, the vast majority of physicians (99%) were not Arabs or Muslims. They were Assyrians. In 4-6 centuries Assyrians began a systematic translation of the Greek fund of knowledge on the Assyrian (Aramaic) language. Socrates, Plato, Aristotle, Galen, and many others were transferred to the Assyrian, and from Assyrian into Arabic. These are translations of the Moors brought to Spain, where Spaniards translated them into Latin and spread throughout Europe, stimulating the European Renaissance.
By the sixth century BC the Assyrians began to export to Byzantium in the field of natural sciences, philosophy and medicine. In the medical field Assyrian family Bahtisho (Bakhteesho) produced nine generations of physicians, and founded the great medical school at Gandeshapur (Iran). Textbook of Ophthalmology, written in 950, the Assyrian Canaanites Ibn Isaac, remained the authoritative source in this area until the 19th century.
In the field of philosophy of work Assyrian philosopher Edessa (of Edessa) developed a physical theory of the universe, that rivaled Aristotle’s theory that sought to replace the forces of matter (theory, anticipated some ideas of quantum mechanics, such as the idea of the immediate appearance and disappearance of matter in the quantum vacuum).
One of the greatest Assyrian achievements of the fourth century was the founding of the first university in the world. School of Nisibis (Nisibis), which had a faculty of theology, philosophy, medicine, became a magnet and center of intellectual life in the Middle East. Charters School of Nisibis, which have been preserved, and later became the model on which was based the first Italian university (see. The Statutes of the School of Nisibis, by Arthur Voobus).
When the Arabs with Islam rushed to the Middle East in the year 630, they encountered 600 years of Assyrian Christian civilization with a rich heritage and a highly developed culture. It is this civilization and became the foundation of the Arab civilization.
You state: “The Arab astronomers studied the heavens, gave the names of the stars, and paved the way for space travel and exploration.” However, astronomers on to say that you were not Arabs but Chaldeans and Babylonians, who for millennia were known as astronomers and astrologers, and who were forcibly converted to Islam.
You state: “The Arab writers created thousands of literary works, filled with nobility, romance and charm. Arab poets wrote of love, when others were too immersed in the matter, to think about such things. ” There is very little literature in the Arabic language, which refers to the period of which you speak (and the Koran – the only significant portion of this literature), whereas the literary creation of the Assyrians and Jews was vast. The third largest body of Christian writing, after Latin and Greek, is an Assyrian (Syriac or, aramitsky, look here).
You state: “When other nations were afraid of progressive ideas, this civilization thrived and supported these ideas. When censors threatened to wipe out knowledge of past civilizations, this civilization kept them and gave to others. ”
The problem that you raise is very important. It affects the very essence of the matter: what is the Arab-Islamic civilization? I did a book review O’Leary “How Greek Science Passed to the Arabs,” in which the author lists the outstanding interpreters of Greek science. Of the 22 scholars listed, 20 were Assyrians, 1 was Persian and 1 an Arab. At the end of my review, I declare:
“From the book O’Leary (O’Leary) we can conclude that Assyrians played a significant role in the formation of the Islamic world through the Greek fund of knowledge. If so, then you need to ask the question: what happened to the Christian nations under the rule of Islam, which caused them to lose a great intellectual heritage, which they erected? You can ask this question, and by the Arabs. Sadly, O’Leary’s book will not answer, and we must look for the answer elsewhere. ”
The answer is clear: the Christian Assyrian community was dried by forced conversion to Islam. And as soon as this community dwindled below the critical threshold, it ceased to produce scientists who were the intellectual driving force of Islamic civilization, and then ended the so-called “Golden Age of Islam” (about 850 years.).
The very religion of Islam was largely formed by the Assyrians and Jews (see “Nestorian influence on Islam” and. “Agarizm: the creation of the Islamic world”).
The great civilization you describe was not the Arab-Islamic and Assyrian. It lasted 200 years after the Arab conquest of the Middle East not because of, but in spite of the Arabs and Islam, which eventually dried up this life-giving source of knowledge and for all stop the development of the people subject to them.
Is there any other Arab-Muslim civilization, which towered since then? What other Arab-Muslim achievements we could quote?
Araboislamskaya civilization is not progressive and regressive force: it does not offer an incentive, and holds it.
The facts tell a different story. Otomany were extremely oppressive to non-Muslims. For example, a young Christian boys aged 8-10 years forcibly taken away from their families, making a janissary, where they are converted to Islam, they had to fight for the Ottoman Empire. What literary, artistic or scientific achievements Otoman we can point? On the other hand, we can point out the genocide of 750,000 Assyrians, of 1.5 million Armenians and 400,000 Greeks. This is – the true face of Islam.
Arabs and Muslims are engaged in an explicit campaign of destruction and expropriation of foreign cultures, peoples, achievements and ideas. Wherever the Arab-Muslim civilization encounters a non-Arab Muslim, she is trying to destroy the last (like Buddhist statues in Afghanistan or Persepolis in Iran). This is a pattern that repeats itself, since the advent of Islam 1400 years ago, which proves good enough history and modernity. If a “non-Arab” culture can not be destroyed – it is expropriated, and revisionist historians announce its Arabic. For example, the Arabic texts of the Middle East history teach that Assyrians were Arabs, a fact that no scientist would not say and what no living Assyrian would not agree. The Assyrians first settled in Nineveh, one of the largest Assyrian cities in 5000 BC. e., for 5630 years before the Arabs came to the area. Even the word “Arab” -.. Assyrian word meaning “western” (first written mention of the Arabs in 800 BC was made by the Assyrian king Sennacherib, in which he tells the story of the conquest of «ma’rabayeh» – See West of The.. Might That Was Assyria, by HWF Saggs).
Even today, in America, the Arabs continue this policy of Arabization. October 27, 2001 a coalition of seven Assyrian and Maronite organizations sent an official letter to the Arab American Institute, demanding to stop identifying Assyrians and Maronites as the Arabs that they have done intentionally.
Today, there are minorities and nations struggling for survival in the Arab-Muslim Ocean Middle East and Africa (Assyrians, Armenians, Copts, Jews, southern Sudanese, Ethiopians, Nigerians …), and we have to be very sensitive to unwittingly or inadvertently not support claims Islamic and Arab imperialism in its attempts to erase other cultures, religions and civilizations. The duty of each of us to explore the topic before the speeches and make statements on such sensitive issues.
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