The Destruction of the Environment in/of the Muslim World.

This author, back in the early 1990s, concluded that North Africans were zooming to disaster, and Algeria, his home country, the fastest of the lot.[1] Farmland was being ransacked, the water table over-exploited, and regions with former agricultural potential turned into wastelands, with yields falling in parts by up to 90%.[2] More recent studies have confirmed the dire situation.[3] The population remains concentrated in the coastal parts of the North, and so is nearly all economic activity. Population is increasing fast, and so is increased demand for foods and goods. Irregular and inadequate rainfall, a fragile ecosystem, high erosion rates due to mismanagement and over-exploitation of the land, deforestation and destruction of vegetal cover, harsh climatic conditions, all impoverish further an already impoverished soil, and climate is changing for the worse. In words, we have all the ingredients for future disaster.[4] And this is common to most Muslim countries, some of them worse than the rest.

In order to increase the output of their ailing farming sector, Muslims have resorted to the over-exploitation of their scarce water resources, and now are near to utterly exhausting them. Also, for the same purposes, they overused chemicals. The use of NPK fertilisers in Arab countries, for instance, quadrupled between 1970 and 2002, with the UAE and Egypt (more than 900 kg fertilisers per hectare), Oman (644 kg), and Lebanon (414 kg) using some of the highest quantities of fertilisers per hectare in the world.[5] Such a use in fact makes soils sterile. Moreover, there are hardly regulations and controls over the sale, handling, and use of pesticides, and accredited pesticide residue analysis laboratories are not available in most Arab countries.[6] And so, all they end up with is a sterile soil and a population with as many chemicals in its bodies.

This destruction occurs when we know that the Muslim world is located in the most fragile part of the planet.


world map showing desertification vulnerability

Because of these two factors, the fragility of the environment and the high

destruction rates, it is very likely that the Muslim world will face some of the most disastrous outcome ever suffered by humanity between now and the years 2040s-2050s, with at least millions of casualties; perhaps tens of millions.

There should be normally solutions to fight desertification and environmental degradation, preserving the existing forests, protecting lands, particularly those at high risks, and devising water saving schemes as urgent priorities.[7] But it is the very reverse which is happening. This author examines these issues in his book:

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Once you begin to suppress facts, sources of facts, chunks of history, you create a narrative of history, true; but it is an entirely messed up narrative that makes no sense whatsoever. What makes the narrative of history of civilisation even more messy, incoherent, impossible to make any sense of, at times quite barmy, is when you create situations, claims, and a history that compensates for what you have suppressed that does not fit altogether.

Historians have removed 90% of the Islamic sources of sciences and civilisation, and replaced them with 90% of created Greek artificial stuff. And hence the mess we are in.

This makes us ask many questions, in fact, this author has been asking himself such questions from the first moment he came across the history of science and civilisation in the late 1990s. He wrote his book The Hidden Debt in 2005 but still could not answer such questions.

These questions or some of them that bothered him for nearly two decades are:

  • Where is concrete evidence of such Greek learning?
  • Why could we not find a single Greek instrument in Byzantium?
  • Why did the medieval Christian scholars head to the lands of the infidel/the fiend in chief (the Muslim) to get any form of learning?
  • Why did Western Christendom wait until the 12th century to initiate its revival?
  • Why did the first men of European science suddenly, and overwhelmingly, emerge in the 12th century and after?
  • Why did such revival take place in all fields, and at once, over that short period?
  • How was it done out of a state of barbarism?
  • Why did it happen just after the Christian West came into direct contact with Islamic learning?
  • Why did Western Christendom wait until the 12th century to recover Greek learning when it had been in contact with such Greek learning for over ten centuries?
  • Why take Greek learning from Arabic instead of directly taking it from Latin or Greek, easily accessible, and easier to use?
  • And how can developments and changes that took place in Western Christendom, and that have no Greek origin: paper, the compass, windmills, numerals, and countless others, be explained?
  • So where did they come from?
  • And if they belong to the Western heritage, other than the Greek, why did the Christian West wait until the 12th–13th centuries to rediscover them?
  • How could Greek learning be preserved for so many centuries, and in what form?
  • Do we have any remains of anything Greek dating precisely from the time of Aristotle, Euclid, Plato, and others? By this do we have original material that is over 2000 years old?

And many other questions and points of obscurity, besides matters hurting common sense, many we raised in this work.

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