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    Let me Quote what "James Cleuge"says about the golden age of Muslims vs the Medieval "cultural" of Europe and how did the roots of European culture nowadays can be traced back to that glorious time.

    At a time when London was a tiny mud-hut village that "could not boast of a single streetlamp" (Digest, 1973, p. 622),

    in Cordova "there were half a million inhabitants, living in 113,000 houses. There were 700 mosques and 300 public baths spread throughout the city and its twenty-one suburbs. The streets were paved and lit." (Burke, 1985, p. 38)

    The houses had marble balconies for summer and hot-air ducts under the mosaic floors for the winter. They were adorned with gardens with artificial fountains and orchards". (Digest, 1973, p. 622) "Paper, a material still unknown to the west, was everywhere. There were bookshops and more than seventy libraries." (Burke, 1985, p. 38).

    For more interesting facts.
    The source here.
    http://www.xmission.com/~dderhak/index/moors.htm

    How The Great Accomplishments Of Islam Saved Europe
    http://hubpages.com/hub/How-The-Grea...m-Saved-Europe

    AN ISLAMIC HISTORY OF EUROPE.
    http://www.bbc.co.uk/bbcfour/documen...y-europe.shtml
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    Your point being...?

    It's all very well posting the above, but how are people to respond to it other than "thank you very much."

    Certainly the BBC documentary was fascinating, and one of the more neglected areas of mainstream history is the impact of the Ottoman Empire on Europe.

    You could ask the question "What impact does the history of the struggles between the Ottoman and Holy Roman/Austrian Empires have on the present day stances that central European countries have on Turkish membership of the EU?" Because those stances have some striking similarities to England's traditional scepticism to the EU and about being taken over by the French and/or Germans.
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    What's so strange about that? How's that any different to Greek or Roman culture?
 
 
 
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