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    Re: Benetnasch and Alkaid revisited
    From: Peter Fogg
    Date: 2005 Apr 6, 09:39 +1000

    Even if this is true, still a significant contribution. Among other useful
    bequeaths is the system of numbers we use (that they in turn may have
    adapted from Hindu numerals). Imagine the modern world trying to run on
    Roman numerals and no zero.
    So, thanks in no small part to the Islamic world the European world was able
    to greatly change itself post-Reformation, eventually giving us western
    culture as we know it now, for better or ill. In some ways as a reaction to
    this (?) a rather vocal and powerful and very visible minority within the
    Islamic world seems determined to drag all into a kind of idealized Islamic
    pre-Reformation world that almost never existed there before.
    Just rather ironic...
    > From: Bill
    > Some I know would argue they were little more than bank vaults for the
    > ancients work.

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