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  • Isn't islam reason the undevelopment in the middle east? if so

  • Why middle eastern people still wants islam!!?

  • Isn't it possible Middle East without Islam ?

  • What western country should to do, to turn on Middle East renaissance engine?

  • Why from three decades ago (when Jimmy Carter was President) until now, islamism was Began again

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closed as not a real question by Hauser, American Luke, E1Suave, SigueSigueBen, Tom Au Aug 21 '12 at 23:38

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I don't do this often, but I'm downvoting this question. It isn't because I disagree with the contents, but because it entirely bases itself off of an unproven (and IMHO most likely wrong) assersion. The rest of the question thus essentially invites us to make speculations off of a rhetorical division by zero. –  T.E.D. Aug 20 '12 at 14:40
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Downvoted. Considering the state of the entire world, I would say the Middle East has about average development (I assume we are talking economy?), possibly even slightly above average. –  SigueSigueBen Aug 20 '12 at 15:04
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If it weren't for Islamic scientists, the Western world would have lost most of its classic cultural inheritance. It was Islamic scholars who kept copying those classic scrolls, and if it wasn't for them, we'd know a lot less about Greek and Roman times. So, even if your axiom was true (which is debated for good reason), it obviously is not the religion which would be to blame for it. –  sbi Aug 23 '12 at 11:08
    
@sbi - Islam during Golden Age and Islam in the last 500 centuries are somewhat different beasties. It was explored in a different question on history.SE –  DVK Sep 2 '12 at 17:28
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As far as I know, nobody has shown religous beliefs to be any more complicit in a country's level of development than, for example, the amount of sand the country contains. It doesn't seem likely to me, so without some compelling evidence supporting such a theory, I'm not buying it.

If you were to try to support this theory, you'd have to find some way to explain how this exact same area, operating under this exact same religon, spent nearly a millenia being the richest and most technologically advanced corner of the globe.

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> If you were to try to support this theory, you'd have to find some way to explain how this exact same area, operating under this exact same religon, spent nearly a millenia being the richest and most technologically advanced corner of the globe. 1. Muslim woman has no Olympic medal, Muslim women should be veiled 2. There is no freedom of speech in Muslim countries in one word Islam has not progressed to the Middle East. so islam should be the reason of undevelopment in the middle east –  robert Aug 20 '12 at 16:53
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@robert Muslim women have won Olympic medals. –  SigueSigueBen Aug 21 '12 at 0:19
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