Why Islam Fell Behind The West

“My own feeling is that the greatest defect of Islam and the main reason they fell behind the West is the treatment of women. It’s a powerful point that repressive homes pave the way for repressive governments. “Think of a child that grows up in a Muslim household where the mother has no rights, where she is downtrodden and subservient. That’s preparation for a life of despotism and subservience.It prepares the way for an authoritarian society.”

 Benard Lewis, professor, writer and Muslim historian at Princeton.