Sunday, October 24, 2010

Boko-Haram-Iran: Bans 'Western' academic disciplines ~ philosophy, psychology, law, human rights

Islamic restrictions ~ as 1000 and 500 years ago ~ put to bed any advancements made in Islamic society. Of which, they never appreciated fully, as most of these advancements came directly after the event of conquest and plunder. The Muslims did the same thing with the Greek manuscripts, after they had Christian scholars translate them into Arabic, they took from them selectively, leaving out philosophy [and poetry], which has to do with rational thought and reason. But don't forget, while all this was going on, the Muslims had Europe surrounded, Europeans had no access to Europe's East. But these Greek manuscripts sometimes badly translated [under the sword] into Arabic, were sold back to Europe.

There is also talk coming out of Malaysia in the same respect:

Muslim scholars have been urged to focus on spreading Islamic thinking for the good of mankind and the world, said former prime minister Tun Dr Mahathir Mohamad.

He said free thinking and individual freedom spread by Western theories would make Muslim society lose direction and objective in life.

There were a number of Islamic thinkers and scholars in Islam's history, who abandoned their religion, because of the restrictions on the freedom of thought. 1000 years later, through the study of Islam ~ Muslims have concluded that they should impose these same restrictions.

Islam supports learning by rote. But it is the route to the dark ages. The Muslim world was made great by conquest and the taking of slaves ~ in almost all other respects it has failed.

Iran has imposed restrictions on the teaching and academic research involving 12 subject areas based on current Western thought and “incompatible with the teachings of Islam“, Iranian state radio reported Sunday.

The list includes materials in the disciplines of law, philosophy, business administration, psychology and political science, beyond the two subjects that seem to cause more concern to the conservative mullahs of the Islamic republic: studies on women and human rights.

“These sciences’ contents are based on Western culture. The review will be the intention of making them compatible with Islamic teachings”, said Secretary of Education Abolfazl Hassani in an interview on state radio.

With the new restrictions, the Iranian universities will not open new departments devoted to studying and teaching in these disciplines. Meanwhile, said Hassani, the current curriculum will be reviewed over the coming years.

Last year’s supreme leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, said that such materials could cause religious doubts. At the time, Ayatollah Khamenei, who has the final word on all state matters in Iran, urged officials to consider seriously an area curriculum change. The information is from the Associated Press. Reuters

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