This is a really interesting article from Blog Mabelle, a fascinating website that I mentioned in my previous post.
This post argues that the current anti-Moslem attitudes in the United States ignores the powerful influences on Enlightenment thinkers like Locke, Montesquieu and even Newton of great Islamic thinkers.
It states that many of the ideas of these thinkers, the revolt against the power of absolute monarchy and the separation of the state from organised religion which were so important to the founding fathers of the American Republic, were ideas that stemmed from the Islamic world.
Most importantly, the post discusses the place of Coffee Houses in acting as a forum of ideas that would lead to revolution and political change. These coffee houses had their origins in the Islamic world, as indeed did the drink of coffee itself, which spread from there to Britain and Europe.
It is an important article in that it makes us think about the things that connect us to each other and how we need to try and understand a culture, country, religion in all it as shades of grey and not tar everyone with the same brush.