Egyptian Influence On The Islamic Golden Age

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By the 7th Century the Islamic Empire had been established in the Arabian Peninsula, and the Islamic Golden Age would emerge as a result of the spread of Islamic ideas throughout this newly forged Empire.  

The Islamic Golden Age made immeasurable contributions to mankind in such fields as Science, Philosophy, and Medicine which some Historians attribute to the influence Egyptian Kemetic Culture on the Arabs after the conquest of Egypt during this period.

In particular, one of the most important developments of the Islamic Golden Age was the invention of the Arabic Script from Ancient Egyptian Demotic script, which was derived from Egyptian Hieroglyphics, the oldest writing system in the world and is one of Pre-Colonial Africa’s contributions to world Civilization.

The development of Arabic Script from Demotic also enabled the translation of the same Ancient Egyptian Mathematics and Science that had enabled the construction of the Pyramids circa 2 500 BCE before the Persian, Greek and Arab conquest of Egypt.

Furthermore, Arabic Scholars were inspired by earlier Persians and Greeks texts that had been translated from Egyptian Kemetic works such as the Memphite Theology recorded on the Shabaka Stone which is the world’s oldest recorded Cosmological Theory on the origins of the Universe dating back to Egypt’s 25th Dynasty.

In-fact, it’s been suggested that without the Arab preservation of Ancient Egyptian, Persian and Greek knowledge, the European Renaissance would not have been possible because the European Renaissance relied on the knowledge passed on from the Islamic Golden Age when the Moors entered Europe through Spain.

Eventually formal schools known as Madrassas emerged and ideas were exchanged in these Centres of Learning scattered across the Empire as Libraries and Universities were built.

The Islamic Empire’s Government invested in its Scientists and Philosophers with one of the most important Islamic accomplishments of the period being the Great House of Wisdom in Baghdad which was an impressive Library constructed by the Emperor Caliph al-Mansur.

Prominent Muslim Scholars and Philosophers emerged like Ibn Al Arabi produced profound works that revolutionised the Social Sciences, Natural Sciences, Philosophy, Mathematics and Medicine with roots in the earlier Egyptian Kemetic Mystery System.

The Muslim Scholars would also build on the information translated from Egyptian, Persian and Greek Texts to develop new ideas such as the Canon of Medicine which provided ways to diagnose dangerous diseases like Cancer, and in Mathematics innovations like Alegbra and Calculus in the Arabic script would emerge. 

Alchemy also came out of the Egyptian Kemetic influence on the Islamic Golden Age since it is rooted in the Arabic word Alkemy meaning the Science of the Kemites.

In the area of Philosophy, the contemplations of Muslim Scholars would later influence how Christians would imagine the concept of God, his existence, and mystical ideas of the Soul leading to the crystallisation of Islam and the production of the Koran.

The vast translation projects of the Islamic Empire preserved and brought Ancient Egyptian Kemetic as well as Graeco-Roman philosophical concepts to the West where they would be instrumental in sparking the Renaissance which has shaped the face of our modern world.

Its therefore safe to say Western Civilization and the World as we know it today in terms of Science and Culture would probably not exist without the contributions of the Muslim Scholars and Philosophers of the Islamic Golden Age who were influenced by their Egyptian, Persian and Greek predecessors.