lest we forget aaaaall of the fantastic contributions to science that (those three or four geeks — ok, five! — in) the muslim world made over the last (what is it?) 1400 years or so, scientific american has a slide show up: “the forgotten history of muslim scientists.”

i’d leave it at “no comment” — except they just had to go and try to include all the WOMEN in the islamic world who made fantastic contributions to science. *sigh*

(not surprisingly) this is the best that they could come up with. a cartoon drawing:

Fatima al-Fihri: It wasn’t just Muslim men. The oldest continuously operating university in the world—Al-Qarawiyyin founded in Fès, Morocco, in 859—was founded by a merchant’s daughter: Fatima al-Fihri. The university, on the grounds of a grand mosque built by al-Fihri, subsequently produced a slew of leading Muslim thinkers.”

well, that’s great that she founded a “university” — but if i were one of these women looking to be reassured that my sex had also contributed LOTS to science (which i’m not), i think i might be a little disappointed at this. some chick coughs up some of her inheritance to fund a madrasa? that’s all they got?

political correctness is sometimes just sad and pathetic. (oh wait … maybe that should read “always.”)

previously: the hard sciences are soooo sexist!

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