Like most westerners I don’t know much about arab or islamic culture. I like falafel, humus and pita bread, belly dancers and chess. And lately I’ve been enjoying one other great islamic contribution to the world – Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan, the most famous musician to come out of Pakistan. While he has long been famous in the muslim world for his traditional sufi songs of love and peace, he has also collaborated with Peter Gabriel and Eddie Vedder and created the soundtrack to Dead Man Walking. His beautiful, mystical music makes especially good listening now in these terrible times.
What other positive contributions have arab/islamic culture given us?