‘Muslims peaked in the Dark Ages. But since then?’: Richard Dawkins

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‘Muslims peaked in the Dark Ages. But since then?’:

Richard Dawkins embroiled in Twitter row over controversial comments

Professor Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in a Twitter row over his comments about Muslims

  • The author of The God Delusion tweeted that the world’s Muslims had won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge
  • His comments sparked anger among high-profile Twitter users including Caitlin Moran and Faisal Islam

By Tara Brady

PUBLISHED: 08:31, 9 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:44, 9 August 2013

Professor Richard Dawkins has become embroiled in a Twitter row after he claimed the last time Muslims contributed something worthwhile was during the Dark Ages. 

The 71-year-old author went on to tweet that the world’s Muslims had won fewer Nobel Prizes than Trinity College, Cambridge. 

His comments sparked anger among high-profile Twitter users including writer Caitlin Moran and economics editor at Channel 4 News, Faisal Islam. 

Moran tweeted: ‘It’s time someone turned Richard Dawkins off and then on again.

‘Something’s gone weird.’ 

While Islam said: ‘Actually, over the last two decades, it’s 8-4 against Trinity. I

‘I say this as a muslim alumnus of Trinity College, Cambridge.

‘Of course if @RichardDawkins had any clue what he was talking about, he’d know to strip out the Economics Nobels, which aren’t quite real’ 

One Twitter user said Muslims were responsible for alchemy and algebra.

But Dawkins replied: ‘Indeed, where would we be without alchemy? Dark Age achievements undoubted. But since then?’

There has been a total of 10 Nobel prizes awarded to Muslims while Trinity College, Cambridge, has
32 Nobel laureates. It is not the first time Dawkins has angered the Muslim population after he described looters who destroyed manuscripts in Mali as ‘Islamic barbarians’ in January.

The 71-year-old author was referring to the severe damage caused by Islamist extremists to a sacred library in Timbuktu but his remarks were seen as insulting to all Muslims.

Dawkins is an award-winning ethologist and author.

He is perhaps best known for his strong religious criticism and his atheist views.

Author of several books, his contempt for religion is most recognised in his 2006 bestseller, The God Delusion.

 

Richard Dawkins offended people on Twitter yesterday when he posted this comment

His comments sparked anger among high-profile Twitter users including economics editor at Channel 4 News, Faisal Islam

Writer Caitlin Moran joined the debate and asked someone to turn Dawkins off and on again

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4 Comments

  1. There are some Muslims with Noble prizes. Most important is Dr A Salaam in Physics. So to say no contribution by Muslims since dark ages is incorrect. However when he says very few Muslims got Nobel prizes he is right and why should be he criticized. It is a fact Muslims instead of excelling in educational fields are marching forward on terrorist related activities. Unless all Muslims will not follow the peaceful, true and lovely teachings of Islam as interpreted by found of Ahmadiyya Muslim Community such objections will keep on pouring on Islam and its followers.

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    • But Ahmaddiyas backed the creation of Pakistan. Sir Zafrullah Kahn served the nation with patriotism and duty. Yet the ‘secular’ Zulfikar Ali Bhutto still declared Ahmadiyya non-Muslims.

      There needs to eb more examination of what Islam is, how it came about, idneed what forged it. The flourishing of science with stalwarts such as Averroes (Ibn Rushd). Was this in spite or becasue of Islam?

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      • Contributions of Muslims in the past have been recognized and need no further emphasis. However current situation is pathetic and reasons I have already explained. Ahmadiyya backed creation of Pakistan. In addition to Sir Zafarullah, Dr Salam also served the nation. Same is with Mr MM Ahmad whose era as Dy Chairman of Planning commission was considered golden era of Pakistan. But now you see the plight of Ahmadies in Pakistan. They are worst than 3rd class citizens. Even today if Ahmadies are given a chance to be in the main stream of Pakistan things will start changing positively. Similarly relative to other Muslims Ahmadies are contributing much better in the Field of education all over. Might be in near future you see few more Nobel prizes from this community.

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