Lunch & Learn - Muslim Contributions to Civilization
On Tuesday, March 3, 2015 the Atlantic Institute partnered with Go Eat Give to provide an opportunity for a shared intercultural awareness experience on the topic of Muslim Contributions to Civilization. Guests arrived at Atlantic Institute's office and were invited to partake in traditional Turkish cuisine with tea & coffee, and time was allotted for mingling with people and discovering what inspired guests to attend this particular event.
After everyone had a chance to try various Turkish dishes, Dr. Syed Naim, Professor of the Department of Political Science at Georgia State University, introduced the concept that history, particularly in the West, has been rather distorted. The Renaissance, for instance, seems to appear out of nowhere in our history books. Dr. Naim elucidated, however, that during the time period before the Renaissance that Westerners know as the "Dark Ages" was actually a time in which the Muslim world was the center of thriving education and its scholars flourished in academic advancements.
Fariyal Halim, an associate of the Islamic Speakers Bureau of Atlanta, then expanded upon Dr. Naim's introduction and explored the various, yet greatly overlooked, contributions to mathematics, astronomy and medicine that the Muslim world imparted onto civilization.
Overall, each guest certainly left this event having experienced something new, whether it be a new dish from a previously unknown cuisine or new knowledge about just how positively the Muslim world impacted civilization. Hopefully these new experiences opened our guests up to a heightened sense of awareness for other cultures because such awareness cannot help but to be contagious.