The Awakening of the Muslim Mind
Quoted from S.P. Scott in History of the Moorish Empire in Europe; 3 vols; J.B. Lippincott Company, 1904. p.324:
The genius of the Arabian people advanced rapidly in the path of civilization, while the dense and sluggish intellect of the northern barbarians, who, in their origin, were not less ignorant, remained stationary.
It took Spain, under the Muslims, less than half a century to reach a point in human progress which was not attained by Italy under the popes in a thousand years. The capacity of the Arab mind to absorb, to appropriate, to invent, to develop, to improve, has no parallel in the annals of any race.
The empire of the khalifs included an even greater diversity of climate and nations than that of Rome. The ties of universal brotherhood proclaimed by the Koran; the connections demanded by the requirements of an extended commerce; the intimate associations encouraged by the pilgrimage to Mecca, awakened the curiosity and enlarged, in an equal degree, the minds of the Muslims of Asia, Africa and Europe.
by: S.P. Scott, Sun 21 July, 2002