A colleague of mine noted the following posting on Google today:

by: Dr. Kaveh Farrokh

Encyclopedia of the History of Arabic Science

The Arab contribution is fundamental to the history of science, mathematics and technology, but until now no single publication has offered an up-to-date synthesis of knowledge in this area. In three fully-illustrated volumes the "Encyclopedia of the History of Arab" "Science" documents the history and philosophy of Arab science from the earliest times to the present day. Thirty-one chapters, written by an international team of specialists, cover astronomy, mathematics, music, engineering, nautical science, scientific institutions and many other areas. The "Encyclopedia" is divided into three volumes:

1. Astronomy--Theoretical and applied
2. Mathematics and the Physical Sciences
3. Technology, Alchemy, and the Life Sciences.

Arabic astronomy, Arabic planetary theory, Arabic nautical science,
Arabic mathematics, Arabic musical science, Arabic optics,
Arabic science in Andalusia, ....

Indeed this is a farce. My humble article below discusses this:

Pan-Arabism's Legacy of Confrontation with Iran

Below is piece of that article...

Of far greater significance is the following quote that vividly describes Sami Shawkat’s thinking (see again Samir El-Khalil’s Republic of Fear, New York : Pantheon Books, 1989, p.177):
History books that discredit the Arabs should be burned, not excepting the greatest work on the philosophy of history by Ibn Khaldun. But why Ibn-Khaldun? As a historian, Khaldun (1332-1406 AD) is ranked among the best in history, on par with the earlier Greco-Roman historians such as Plutarch or Xenophon; truly one of the most best scholars produced by the Arabs. To understand why pan-Arabists feel uncomfortable with Ibn Khaldun, one has to read a direct quote from his work, The Muqaddimah Translated by F. Rosenthal (III, pp. 311-15, 271-4 [Arabic]; R.N. Frye (p.91):

...It is a remarkable fact that, with few exceptions, most Muslim scholars ... in the intellectual sciences have been non-Arabs ... thus the founders of grammar were Sibawaih and after him, al-Farisi and Az-Zajjaj. All of them were of Persian descent ... they invented rules of (Arabic) grammar ... great jurists were Persians ... only the Persians engaged in the task of preserving knowledge and writing systematic scholarly works. Thus the truth of the statement of the propher becomes apparent, ‘If learning were suspended in the highest parts of heaven the Persians would attain it" ... The intellectual sciences were also the preserve of the Persians, left alone by the Arabs, who did not cultivate them ... as was the case with all crafts ... This situation continued in the cities as long as the Persians and Persian countries, Iraq, Khorasan and Transoxiana (modern Central Asia), retained their sedentary culture.

You now see why Mr. Shawkat saw the need to destroy the history of Ibn Khaldun. Arab chauvinists from Gamal Abdel Nasser to today’s Bin laden have chosen to pretend that that the Persian intellectual legacy does not exist. It is not an exaggeration to state that Arab nationalists have re-written much of Arab history, especially as it pertains to Persian contributions to Islamic and Arabian civilization. The following observation by Sir Richard Nelson Frye encapsulates the crisis in Arab attitudes towards the Iranians (See R.N. Frye, The Golden Age of Persia, London: Butler & Tanner Ltd., 1989, p.236):

Arabs no longer understand the role of Iran and the Persian language in the formation of Islamic culture. Perhaps they wish to forget the past, but in so doing they remove the bases of their own spiritual, moral and cultural being ... without the heritage of the past and a healthy respect for it ... there is little chance for stability and proper growth. It may be argued that one source of the political, economic and technological stagnation so evident in the Arab world at present may stem from what has been taught (and continues to be taught) to Arabs at primary, secondary and post-secondary education.

It should come as no surprise that many Arabs (including high ranking statesmen and highly educated professors) now believe that the following Iranian scholars of the Islamic era to be all Arabs...Not a single one of these scientists (e.g. Khwarazmi, Razi, etc) hailed from an Arab-speaking region, all were born in what is now Iran or the former realms of Persian speaking world. ===========================================================================

What we seen in the google posting is directly out of the pages of pan-Arabism...

History has the case firmly closed. Ibn Khaldun and others have already set the (historical) record straight...

Kaveh Farrokh