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The extent of “what the West owes to Islam” is debated frequently among historians. There is, for example, an interesting theory on the possible Islamic origins of the British common law, which clearly resembles the Shariah in its “judge-made” nature—different from the state-imposed Roman law tradition of continental Europe. But obvious exports from Islamdom to the West can easily be traced today in English words with Arabic roots. A short list would include algebra, alchemy, alkali, almanac, am ...more Full story

21 March