Erdoğan laments Turkish youths know Einstein but not Muslim scientists

Turkish youths know about foreign scientists and pop stars but they are not informed when it comes to Muslim scholars and local musicians, President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan said during an address at an education conference.

Erdoğan said a main objective of the education system should be to instill self-confidence in students and that an education system should be deemed faulty if students end up feeling alienated from their own cultural values and civilization.

“If you ask about [Albert] Einstein, everyone has a few words to say about him. But if you say Ibn Sina [Avicenna], you see most have not heard the name. We have youths who memorize names of foreign pop stars but don’t know [the Turkish-Ottoman composers] Dede Efendi or Itri, despise listening to the music of [Turkish folk music singer] Neşet Ertaş. We have youths who speak Turkish with English or French accents, but are ashamed of using the words of their ancestors,” he said at the 19th National Education Council organized by the Ministry of Education. “Unfortunately, we have youths who value the lifestyles, arts and clothing styles of foreign cultures but scorn the values of their own land.”

Erdoğan’s remarks come amid criticism that he and the Justice and Development Party (AK Party) government have been trying to dispense with the secular education system to create a more Islamic youth and society. Erdoğan and government officials defend the controversial education policies as necessary to fight moral decay…

Avicenna live 980-1037 AD. Science did not take off until the concept of conducting experiments came into vogue in Europe. In addition, no one in any part of the world could have done much that long ago. There was first needed improvements in a whole group of areas: metallurgy, glass-blowing, clocks, paper-making, not to mention the printing press. These things gradually developed over time.

We do recognize the contributions Muslims (or at least people living in Muslim areas) made in mathematical notation (algebra) and credit them with realizing that the concept of a number zero (invented in India) was an excellent idea and exposing it to Europe.

But Muslims simply haven’t done much.  Damn those Jews like Einstein.  How dare he?