Renaissance and Retrogression

With the retrogression of the Islamic nations in original work in science, art, and philosophy, and the concomitant limitation in their outlook and experience in various phases of intellectual and spiritual life, has come a certain limitation in the free spirit of research and enquiry. The new Renaissance of Islam which is just beginning will, it is hoped, sweep away cobwebs and let in the full light of reason and understanding.

—Abdullah Yusuf Ali, The Meaning of the Holy Qur’an

What is sad is that this was written in the 1930s. Sadder still is that the West is now in some danger of going down the same retrogressive road. Let’s hope that our Renaissance will stand and we won’t need another one.

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One comment on “Renaissance and Retrogression

  1. Quillhill says:

    So many Arab countries seem so backward these days it is hard to imagine the time when they were the world's leaders in things like medicine and textiles and astronomy.

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