Great Journeys From The Meadows Of Gold Mass Market Paperback – Feb 27 2007
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Mas'udi was born in Baghdad and is known as the 'Herodotus of the Arabs' because he was the first Arab to combine history and scientific geography in a large-scale work. He travelled extensively in India, the Middle East, and Africa. Al-Masudi wrote a 30-volume history of the world and recounted the experiences of his travels form Europe to India.
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He does it, however, in a way that differs completely from what we usually are told about the ANCIENT SCIENCE (WISDOM) of the scientific, medical and philosophical Greek and Middle-Eastern „Fathers (natural scientists)“ of the Western and Middle-Eastern Civilizations.
Mas’udi writes on pages 2 - 40 about the dramatic LOSS of the ancient GREEK SCIENCE in the western and Middle-Eastern climes, though most Western and Middle Eastern historians and scientists insist that it survived and was rediscovered in the Renaissance:
"During our travels we have consorted with several kings, as different in their manners and their opinions as are the different geographical situations of the countries, and yet little by little we have found among them the same accord in recognizing that all traces of „science“ have vanished and that its splendour is spent; learning has become too general and has lost its depth, and one no longer sees any but people filled with vanity and ignorance, imperfect scholars who are content with superficial ideas and do not recognize the truth….
The sciences (of the Greeks) were financially supported, honoured everywhere, universally pursued; they were like tall edifices supported by strong foundations. Then the Christian religion appeared in the Byzantine Empire and the centres of learning were eliminated, their vestiges effaced and the edifice of Greek learning was obliterated. Everything the ancient Greeks had brought to light vanished, and the discoveries of the Ancients were altered out of recognition."
Taking Mas’udi’s words seriously, how can modern historians and scientists claim that GREEK SCIENCE was studied, elaborated and conveyed to the Christian West, e.g. with the help of the House of Wisdom in Bagdad? Such statements are widely made, for instance, by Jonathan Lyons and Jim al Khalili in their books THE HOUSE OF WISDOM.
I wrote THE SOCRATES CODE (Lotus Press, 2014), in which I give full support to Mas’udi’s proposition. I offer a convincing explanation of what the GREEK SCIENCE was all about. I show that whatever is interpreted into Socrates, Plato and many other ancient Greek sages is - without knowing the "unwritten doctrine of the Greek philosophía" - nothing but complacent "poetry". It is mythos and not logos. So what is the UNWRITTEN DOCTRINE? What hides behind the scriptures, which are obviously misinterpreted?
I am pleased that Martin Cohen and Thomas Scarborough support me - in their review article “Man, the Measure of All Things?” in The Philosopher, Volume 102 No. 2, 2014 - in my effort to rigorously deconstruct the widely spread and accepted speculations about GREEK SCIENCE.