The Color of Humanism: My Story as an African American Humanist and Activist

The Color of Humanism: My Story as an African American Humanist and Activist

Article by Mercedes Diane Griffin Forbes

Educator, activist, writer, artist, and mother, with an appreciation for life and a passion for change…..Living Out Loud and Having My Say!

Ibn Al-Haytham (965 in Basra – c. 1039 in Cairo) also known as Alhazen is credited with developing “The Scientific Method”. He was a polymath from the Muslim world who made significant contributions to the principles of optics, as well as to anatomy, astronomy, engineering, mathematics, medicine, ophthalmology, philosophy, physics, psychology and visual perception. ———- Discoveries made from the 7th to 17th centuries by multi-faith scientists in Muslim civilisation have had a huge but hidden influence on the modern world. Knowledge from Assyrian, Babylonian, Chinese, Egyptian, Greek, Indian, Persian and Roman civilisations was highly prized in the Muslim world. Men and women scholars advanced science by building upon the ancients and making breakthroughs that paved the way for the European Renaissance. This Golden Age of Discovery in the Muslim World (southern Europe, Africa, Middle East, Asia and to China) took place during the so-called Dark Ages of Europe. Muslim civilisation promoted free-thinking, rationalism and tolerance. Many scholars expressed their faith by seeking to serve society and improve quality of life for others. Please sign up to our Twitter and Facebook:
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