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Lost History: The Enduring Legacy of Muslim Scientists, Thinkers and Artists. By Michael Hamilton Morgan, (National Geographic) – Anyone interested in reading a brilliant analytical account of what happened between Islam and West and when, where and why? needs to read this. It is difficult to keep it down.

Last night I read about how Charles Martel in 731AD, was able to defeat or reverse a superior Andalusian Cavalry at Tours near PARIS – but mostly by accident, otherwise the Muslim invaders from South of France (now both France & Spain) inspired awe amongst Franks who saw them as representing the sophistication of Rome & Byzantine with a state of art cavalry and interestingly this is the point where Europe of 8th century gets introduced to Cavalry and Shock Troopers, Mounted Horsemen and Knights in shining armor and the use of Stirrups.

Read more: Why you must read: ‘Animal Farm’ by George Orwell?

Europeans examined the Muslim Andalusia weapons, Stirrups and tactics just like today Iranians open up American drones to understand the technology…this book should be available in book stores in Pakistan and for those abroad: Amazon Books Zindabad….

Here is an excerpt: “European attraction to Muslim technology and intellect, and fear of Muslim power and religion would mark the relationship between Europeans and Muslims all the way into the Renaissance and beyond. It would not change until the Europe became the global imperial power in the 16th century and the Muslim golden ages wound to a close. Then a Eurocentric rewriting of history would expunge the greatness of the Muslim golden ages and exclusively credit Europeans for creating modern mathematics, astronomy, medicine, science, technology, statecraft and a humane pluralistic society..”

 

Moeed Pirzada is prominent TV Anchor & commentator; he studied international relations at Columbia Univ, New York and law at London School of Economics. Twitter: MoeedNj. The views expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect Global Village Space’s editorial policy. This piece was first published in Moeed Pirzada’s official page. It has been reproduced with permission.

Moeed Hasan Pirzada is a Pakistani political commentator, geostrategic analyst, and a television news journalist. He is an anchor at Dunya News and hosts TV programs. He has interviewed many politicians around the world. Moeed Hassan Pirzada has also been a Director World Affairs and Content Head of PTV News and hosted the famous talk show Sochta Pakistan, a program that discussed national, regional, strategic, social and educational issues with politicians, analysts and policy makers. He has worked with Dunya News-TV channel as a Director World Affairs and hosted the current affairs talk show Dunya Today. He has written for Dubai-based regional paper Khaleej Times. His columns have appeared in major Pakistani papers such as Dawn, The News International, Daily Times, Friday Times and blogs. He has attended national and international conferences, seminars and policy workshops and had been a member of the Prime Minister's Education Task Force that collaborated with the British Council to produce the Next Generation Report. He has contributed policy papers to Islamabad Policy Research Institute (IPRI) and also written several policy pieces for Pique Magazine. He is an Executive Director of Governance & Policy Advisors (GAPA) that provides consultancy services to the government institutions, development organizations and corporate bodies on issues related to media, governance, health policy, and regional peace.

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