There is an interesting article posted on The Independent about “How Islamic inventors changed the world,” listing the top 20 inventions as compiled by Paul Vallely. I cannot argue that our civilization has been influenced by the Muslim world, but as you read the article, see if you can notice anything from the last 200 years.
I do have an issue with #11 on the list. The windmill is credited as being invented by a Persian caliph in 634 AD. I don’t think Persia (modern Iran) had been conquered by the spreading Islamic religion only two years after Mohammed’s death. In 632 AD the Arabian penisula had been united, but Persia had not. But this is probably just me being needlessly nitpicky.
Hat tip to Little Green Footballs.