Ali Ahmad says:
February 20, 2010 at 2:29 am
–”The Greek classical tradition was transmitted to Europe via the Muslim world, in Arabic.”
There is a common, in many cases unintentional, omission people make when they mention the fact that Muslims preserved and transferred Greek knowledge. Muslims did that, but more importantly, they developed it further and produced so much more, and, additionally, they connected the east to the west and transferred knowledge of other civilizations like the Persian, the Indian and the Chinese. I think it was the Oxford history of Islam that mentioned that the amount of written knowledge that was produced in the Muslim civilization (in the middle ages) is more than what was produced by all of humanity before it. In another work, the suggestion was that the roots of the Western civilization are as Arabic as they are Greek and Latin.