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Surreal and Suicidal: Modern Western Histories of Islam

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The full magnitude of the modern West’s ignorance of its own past recently struck me while rereading some early history books concerning the centuries-long jihad on Europe.   The historical narrative being disseminated today simply bears very little resemblance to reality.

Consider some facts for a moment:

A mere decade after the birth of Islam in the 7th century, the jihad burst out of Arabia.  Leaving aside all the thousands of miles of ancient lands and civilizations that were permanently conquered, today casually called the “Islamic world”—including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and parts of India and China—much of Europe was also, at one time or another, conquered by the sword of Islam.

Among other nations and territories that were attacked and/or came under Muslim domination are (to give them their modern names in no particular order): Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Crete, Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Malta, Sardinia, Moldova, Slovakia, and Montenegro.

In 846 Rome was sacked and the Vatican defiled by Muslim Arab raiders; some 600 years later, in 1453, Christendom’s other great basilica, Holy Wisdom (or Hagia Sophia) was conquered by Muslim Turks, permanently.

The few European regions that escaped direct Islamic occupation due to their northwest remoteness include Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Germany.  That, of course, does not mean that they were not attacked by Islam. Indeed, in the furthest northwest of Europe, in Iceland, Christians used to pray that God save them from the “terror of the Turk.” These fears were not unfounded since as late as 1627 Muslim corsairs raided the Christian island seizing four hundred captives, selling them in the slave markets of Algiers.

Nor did America escape.  A few years after the formation of the United States, in 1800, American trading ships in the Mediterranean were plundered and their sailors enslaved by Muslim corsairs.  The ambassador of Tripoli explained to Thomas Jefferson that it was a Muslim’s “right and duty to make war upon them [non-Muslims] wherever they could be found, and to enslave as many as they could take as prisoners.”

In short, for roughly one millennium—punctuated by a Crusader-rebuttal that the modern West is obsessed with demonizing—Islam daily posed an existential threat to Christian Europe and by extension Western civilization.

And therein lies the rub: Today, whether as taught in high school or graduate school, whether as portrayed by Hollywood or the news media, the predominant historic narrative is that Muslims are the historic “victims” of “intolerant” Western Christians.  That’s exactly what a TV personality recently told me live on Fox News.

So here we are, paying the price of being an ahistorical society: A few years after the Islamic strikes of 9/11—merely the latest in the centuries-long, continents-wide jihad on the West—Americans elected a man with a Muslim name and heritage for president, who openly empowers the same ideology that their ancestors lived in mortal fear of, even as they sit by and watch to their future detriment.

Surely the United States’ European forebears—who at one time or another either fought off or were conquered by Islam—must be turning in their graves.

But all this is history, you say? Why rehash it?  Why not let it be and move on, begin a new chapter of mutual tolerance and respect, even if history must be “touched up” a bit?

This would be a somewhat plausible position—if not for the fact that, all around the globe, Muslims are still exhibiting the same imperial impulse and intolerant supremacism that their conquering forbears did.  The only difference is that the Muslim world is currently incapable of defeating the West through a conventional war.

Yet this may not even be necessary.  Thanks to the West’s ignorance of history, Muslims are flooding Europe under the guise of “immigration,” refusing to assimilate, and forming enclaves which in modern parlance are called “enclaves” or “ghettoes” but in Islamic terminology are the ribat—frontier posts where the jihad is waged on the infidel, one way or the other.

All this leads to another, perhaps even more important point: If the true history of the West and Islam is being turned upside its head, what other historical “orthodoxies” being peddled around as truth are also false?

Were the Dark Ages truly benighted because of the “suffocating” forces of Christianity?  Or were these dark ages—which “coincidentally” occurred during the same centuries when jihad was constantly harrying Europe—a product of another suffocating religion?  Was the Spanish Inquisition a reflection of Christian barbarism or was it a reflection of Christian desperation vis-à-vis the hundreds of thousands of Muslims who, while claiming to have converted to Christianity, were practicing taqiyya and living as moles trying to subvert the Christian nation back to Islam?

Don’t expect to get true answers to these and other questions from the makers, guardians, and disseminators of the West’s fabricated epistemology.

In the future (whatever one there may be) the histories written about our times will likely stress how our era, ironically called the “information age,” was not an age when people were so well informed, but rather an age when disinformation was so widespread and unquestioned that generations of people lived in bubbles of alternate realities—till they were finally popped.

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  • http://citizensfirstasnau.blogspot.com.au/ MJ

    Raymond as an historian surely you are aware of humanities axiom ‘History is clearly written so fools can ignore it.’

  • http://netdost.com/ NetDost Social Network

    too pro christian

    • N. Wasse

      What does being pro-Christian have to do with what Raymond is telling us and it is “what really happened” you tell us as in prove him wrong Mr ignorant

      • http://netdost.com/ NetDost Social Network

        the tone is pro christian, it can be written in a much neutral way

        • N. Wasse

          You cannot put lip stick on a pig! The religion of the Arabs is a pig

          • http://netdost.com/ NetDost Social Network

            i m not saying islam is a less shittier religion, islam is violent and i hate it more that you would, but then chirstianity is also one of the stupidest religion around..

          • N. Wasse

            Raymond is not promoting Christianity he is telling us “what really happened’ as a historian would do
            Now you tell me if I say to you that the Muslim invaders of India murdered millions of Hindus would this means that I’m promoting Hinduism or am I telling you “what really happened”? If you do not get this one then you would be beyond help! So did you get it?

          • Arius1071

            N. Wasse, good thinking. I often invert it to clarify the issue such as the Christian counter attack in Spain to show that explaining its history is not promoting Islam. But what you did works.

          • Tanks-a-lot

            religious atheism is the stupidest religion, and just as dangerous as islam.

    • http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/ BobSmith101

      Another anti-Christian bigot. The article is about Islam – not Christianity.

  • N. Wasse

    Thank you Raymond very good reading and if you read Emmet Scott book “Mohammed and Charlemagne revisited” you realize that Islam and the Arab invasions starting in 633CE destroyed the late antique world and forced not just Europe but also Egypt and the Levant into what we call now the dark ages

    The crimes of Islam and Arabian imperialism are too many to count

  • sentient guillotine

    Muslim domination in Belarus? You must be joking, Raymond. Or just mistook deep raids into infidels territory with domination.

    • http://owsblog.blogspot.com Span Ows

      sentient guillotine, please read the whole paragraph: the bit below comes BEFORE the list of countries including Belarus: “Among other nations and territories that were attacked and/or came under Muslim domination are… My emphasis.

      • sentient guillotine

        OK, my mistake.

  • http://islamsfatalflaw.blogspot.com/ BobSmith101

    Too often believers in PC multiculturalism ignore the bigger picture while defending anything anti-American or anti-Western.

    The big picture of Islam is horrendous. Islam is the ultimate colonialism. From the Philippines to Morocco once independent cultures now bow towards Mecca and pray in Arabic. And the PC crowd complains about British colonialism.

    Afghanistan is one of the best examples of Islamic scourge. It once was a peaceful Hindu and Buddhist area. Since the “arrival” of Islam, it has descended into a bloody hell hole. Neighboring Pakistan is the same.

    Islam is the scourge of mankind. Almost every conflict on the face of the globe presently has Islam as its foundational cause.

    Western liberals bad mouth everything about Western civilization. If it is so bad here in the West – 1 why don’t the liberals go to some “better” civilization and 2 why do so many Muslims want to come here?

    • Concerned

      Great comment Bob! Well-said.

    • Keith

      Good comment but the reason a lot of Muslims want to come to the west is so they can IMPOSE Islam on more infidels

  • Porkys2istan

    Muslims went from the murderous Turkish hordes threatening
    to swallow all of Europe at the Gates of Vienna in 1683, to the
    murderous Libyan pirates of the late 1700′s to the bloody savages (along
    with Hindus, and Sikhs) conquered by Britain (and France and others) in
    the early 1800′s. For 150 years (1800 to 1950) the snarling murderous
    beast of islam was safely under the foot of colonial powers.

    It’s because Islam was so safely contained for 150 years that we
    forgot what it’s true nature really is. We have forgotton what islam is
    when Imams are allowed to preach the ‘true islam’ without fear that they
    will be summarily executed by the (colonial) state. We have forgotten
    what an islamic government does when it controls it’s own oil wealth
    like international Wahhabism funded by the Saudis. We have forgotten the
    absolute murderous intolerance for all things unislamic (especially
    Jews), and the violent supremacy inherent in islam.

    In the west there is the collective guilt of colonialism against the muslim world without ever once considering that, for all it’s evils, perhaps western colonialism was actually more human and fair than the islam it suppressed.

  • Platopus

    Wow, I had not realized that the Dark Ages actually co-incides with the Muslim invasions of Europe… I think that is right, it would be a real factor. Did the ‘crusades’ then mark the beginning of the end of that dark age as we started to take it to them?