From the backpage
Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam, former President of India, and C. K. Raju
preview of the book.
“an excellent monograph.. . by Prof. C K. Raju, ...though small in length, [it] is much larger in significance. ...It is highly learned in its contents...”
Islam and Modern Age, Dec 2009
Read more excerpts from Dr Asghar Ali Engineer's article.
How the history of science was fabricated during Crusades and Inquisition (and before racism and colonialism).
"In his densely argued essay, Raju makes mincemeat of the received view of the Greek origins of science...Having established that the story of the transmission of astronomy and geometry from the Greeks...cannot be given any credence, Raju argues that, in the period of the Inquisition, a concerted attempt was made to suggest that Europeans independently rediscovered the scientific knowledge. Raju sees in the much-celebrated account of the supposed Copernican revolution, which takes us from a geocentric view of the universe to a heliocentric view, evidence only of a sustained and pernicious hellenocentrism. Though Copernicus used Islamic sources to reach his conclusions, he failed to acknowledge them....
"Raju’s intent here is also to question the supposition that knowledge in the West has a secular cast. ‘Note how theology has crept in’, he avers: ‘we are asked to believe that science is about deducing the consequences of some “laws” instituted by a god who created the cosmos, as has been made out in the West since Newton'."