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Arab/Moors knowledge?

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    Posted: 06-Sep-2009 at 23:43
I have always wondered where did the Arab Moors of Spain get their great technogical knowledge from? I mean how did the 7th/8th century arabs who just came out of the desert build a marvel like the Mosque at Cordoba in the 8th century? And there are so many other technological innovations in spain from that time that arabs exceled at. Its just seems amazing then in such a short time they became expert in so many things. How did all this happen?
 
Its a shame to think that today's arabs are so behind in every thing
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  Quote Guests Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 08-Sep-2009 at 05:51
Simply because the people of the desert didn't build the mosque of Cordoba or any other marvel of architecture, science or tech. The Muslims were an international set of people that included talents, scientists, architects and artists from Arabia, Persia, Egypt, India and even from Westerner countries. And the heritage they have came from Greece, Rome, Egypt, Babilon, Persia and all the societies that preceeded the Muslims. Those skillfull artists from all over the Muslim world build the wonders of Middle Age's Spain; not the soldiers of North Africa. Moreover, there is evidence that the Alhambra and other buildings had Bizantine influences and perhaps labour, too.
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  Quote Moustafa Pasha Quote  Post ReplyReply Direct Link To This Post Posted: 20-Sep-2009 at 13:51
A well known scientist in Baghdad was:

Al-Razi, the Clinician
One of the greatest names in medieval medicine is that of Abu Bakr Muhammad ibn Zakariya' al-Razi, who was born in the Iranian City of Rayy in 865 (251 H) and died in the same town about 925 (312 H). A physician learned in philosophy as well as music and alchemy, he served at the Samanid court in Central Asia and headed hospitals in Rayy and Baghdad. A story is related that he was instrumental in determining the location in Baghdad of the hospital founded by `Adud al-Dawlah, for he is said to have chosen its position by hanging pieces of meat in various quarters of the city and finding the quarter in which the putrefaction of the meat was the slowest. Since, however, the `Adudi hospital was founded in 980 (370 H), more than 50 years after al-Razi died, it must be an earlier hospital, probably the one founded during the reign of al-Mu`tadid (ruled 892-902/279-289 H), which he helped locate and of which he was later director.

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