Black Influence In Europe
In your average history class, you’ll hear about the great European civilizations and their contributions to the world. But history ignores the direct influence that Africans had on the development in Europe that allowed for their great civilizations to flourish.
Moors were Muslim inhabitants of the Maghreb, North Africa, the Iberian Peninsula, Sicily, and Malta during the Middle Ages. Ruling Spain from 711 A.D. to 1492 A.D., the Moors had an immense role in developing Europe. They were the first to bring universal education to Spain. Meanwhile, other European countries, were largely illiterate, with even nobility being unable to read. Public libraries were non existent in Europe, the Moors established more than 70. It was through Moorish influence that brought an unprecedented level of education to Spain which would then percolate through the rest of Europe and bring them out of the 1,000 years of the intellectual gloom of the middle ages, and into the Renaissance. However, Moorish influence did not stop there, Abu l-Hasan Ali Ibn Nafi had knowledge in a vast array of sciences and is credited with developing a vogue by changing clothes according to the season, emphasizing the importance of personal hygiene, developing a deodorant, and even an early form of toothpaste. He also revolutionized the local cuisine by introducing new fruit and vegetables such as asparagus, and by initiating the three-course meal served on leathern tablecloths. He insisted that meals should be served in three separate courses consisting of soup, the main course, and dessert. These innovations drastically effected culture throughout Spain and into Europe.
In the 10th Century, Cordoba was the capital of Al Andalus (Moorish Spain). With a population of 500,000 had developed street lighting, fifty hospitals with running water, three hundred public baths, five hundred mosques and seventy libraries. They also constructed an aqueduct, that conveyed water from the mountains to the city through lead pipes. Many other European countries did not see paved roads or street lights until hundreds of years later. In addition, the Moors were at the forefront of modern surgery. Abu al-Quasim (Al Zahrawi), was a Moor who was born in Cordoba. He started a practice that lasted fifty years in which he developed a range of innovative and precise surgical instruments. All of this while writing a text book that would be the foundation of Western medical training for the next 500 years. The Moors had also introduced to new food crops such as rice, hard wheat, cotton, oranges, lemons, sugar and cotton. They even taught the Europeans how to store grain for up to 100 years and built underground grain silos. believe it or not the Moors also brought paper making to Spain. This allowed the growth of libraries and, thereby, the accurate preservation and dispersal of knowledge. Xativa, in Valencia, was the first paper factory in Europe.
Moorish influence has been ignored and suppressed in our curriculum as many refuse to admit that Caucasian lifestyle as a whole was ultimately enriched by Africans. This is deep rooted hated harbored by white supremacists, that has manifested into a degradation of black accomplishment and name. We have been fed lies through our education system that deprives us of the pertinent information that is essential to understanding the development of civilization on Earth as a whole. Of which Moors is only one example. The struggle to cover up African contribution to human advancement in all aspects of life throughout the ages has been the goal of many white historians. Don’t believe me? I encourage those reading to investigate the destruction of ancient ruins and texts, the falsification of history as written by white Europeans as well as the misrepresentations of various religious texts.
It is imperative that we as African Americans, are aware of our roots and place in history. It is with this knowledge that we can build a better future for our people in a world where we are ostracized and persecuted at every turn and attempt at greatness.