Speech by President Barack Obama* in Egypt: Civilisation's Debt to Islam

Delivered at Cairo University, Egypt on 4th of June 2009
Transcript of the above speech :
“…As a student of history, I also know civilisation's debt to Islam. It was Islam – at places like Al-Azhar University*1 – that carried the light of learning*1a through so many centuries, paving the way*1b for Europe's Renaissance*2 and Enlightenment. It was innovation*3 in Muslim communities that developed the order of algebra*4; our magnetic compass*5 and tools of navigation; our mastery of pens and printing*6; our understanding of how disease spreads and how it can be healed*7. Islamic culture has given us majestic arches and soaring spires*8; timeless poetry and cherished music*9; elegant calligraphy*10 and places of peaceful contemplation*11. And throughout history, Islam has demonstrated through words and deeds the possibilities of religious tolerance*12 and racial equality…”


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* President Barack Obama, 44th and the Current President of the United States
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10/06/09 Politifact.com: ...according to the United Kingdom-based Foundation for Science Technology and Civilization, an organization devoted to explaining Muslim contributions to science...
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References to the Speech:
1. Al-Azhar University
2. Europe's Renaissance:
3. Innovation in Muslim communities:
4. Order of Algebra
5. Magnetic Compass and Tools of Navigation
6. Mastery of Pens and Printing
7. Understanding of How Disease Spreads and How It Can Be Healed
8. Majestic Arches and Soaring Spires
9. Timeless Poetry and Cherished Music
10. Elegant Calligraphy
11. Places of Peaceful Contemplation
12. Religious Tolerance and Racial Equality

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