Algebra was created by the Babylonians
He said Arabs not Muslims, the two aren't interchangeable, sometimes there are parallelisms but not the same . Where was Babylon ?
And the term "Dark Ages" refer to a period of history about which, until recently, very little was known, and thus "dark".
Well that is also not exactly correct, agree that less is known but the name is not because of that, it comes from the loss of light (enlightenment). The Dark ages started with the invasions of the Mongols the fall of Constantinople (Christian at the time). Europe has a serious debt to the Arabs for keeping science alive and prospering (not only the Arabs but mostly them, the Coptic Church and the Church in Greece also had a major preserving effect on culture that would have been lost otherwise). The same Mongols also invaded China but there the effect was not so damaging due to the previous homogenization. In Europe the house of cards of petty little kingdoms had not such luck they did not only succumb to the invaders they fought hard against each others, that and the plagues managed to trow the continent into chaos.
edit on 25-12-2012 by Panic2k11 because: (no reason given)