PUT A BURKHA ON UHURA
Another interesting post on Reynold's blog
. He says that people are always wondering why there are no Arabs on Star Trek, and he says that this post
on Geitner Simmons' blog might answer that question. It seems that Leonard Nimoy is Jewish, and the Vulcan salute is a gesture made during Jewish services.
In all honesty I think that, Hollywood being what it is, Arabs haven't been included simply due to an oversight. The producers of Star Trek have always been dedicated to showing people of all races/creeds/species getting along together. But if I have to rationalize a reason as to why there aren't any Muslims around in the context of the show then I'd have to say that it's because Islam appears to be inherently anti-technology, while Star Trek is very concerned with technology.
is an attempt to prove me wrong. It details the significant contributions to science that people of Islam have made. People interested in tracing the advances made might go to the timeline of Muslim scientists
, but the "timeline" is arranged in alphabetical order for some reason. Oh, well.
An examination of Muslim scientists finds that there were a great many of them prior to 1400, then a few that emerged after 1800 when Britian conquered the Indian sub-continent. What happened for those lost four centuries? Dunno.
One way to judge the influence of Islam on science is to go to the page that lists prominant Islamic scientists
. All well and good, but click on a few of the names and you find that the what we here in the West consider science isn't very well represented. Take Harun Yahya
, for example. It looks like this guy has spent his whole career trying to argue evolution out of existence. The fact that it works and has been proved to work time after time doesn't seem to have made an impression.
Okay, the guys who ignore what's in front of them for religious reasons can be ignored themselves. Let's look at a real
scientist, someone who really has pushed back the boundries of human ignorance. One such person is Mehdi Golshani
, a physicist specializing in partical physics. But there's a problem here, too. Scroll down the page and take a look at Dr. Golshani's bibliography. Along with the papers and books on physics you'll find an amazing amount of work that tries to argue that science isn't anti-Islam. It would appear that a great deal of effort has to be made to keep the savants of Islamic society safe from the criticisms of the clergy.
Some people will probably disagree with me on this, and that's just fine and dandy. I'm just wondering where I can find a personal computer, designed and built by an Islamic country. Or a military jet. Heck, how about an automobile!