Saturday, September 05, 2009

Fjordman: The Twin Myths of Eurabia

A few days ago ACT! For America sent out one of their timely e-newsletters which was quite long. Its length inspired me to read it later. It turns out this was the day I did so.

ACT! For America found an older Fjordman essay entitled, “The Twin Myths of Eurabia.” The reason ACT has brought attention to the essay is to provide an understanding of the real Islam. In essence the facts starkly contradict Western Leftist and Muslim politically correct revisionist historians. One example of revisionism is the attempt to paint a picture of the Muslim conquest of the Iberian Peninsula (Spain and Portugal) as a time of civilized, tolerant and enlightened Muslim rule in a period which Europe was in the early stages of its uncultured Dark Ages.

The only things that are correct about this revisionist history are that Europe was indeed in the Dark Ages and Islamic culture was more learned academically (although lacking in originality).

The real truth that is left out by revisionist historians is that the Muslim version of Iberia known as Al-Andalusia was not a pleasant time for Christians and Jews. The typical Islamic treatment to non-Muslims of humiliation, forced conversion, pillaging, slave raids, sex-slave concubinage and violent death was the norm. Tolerance and peace for dhimmis was the exception rather than the rule.

JRH 9/5/09


Here is the intro from the ACT e-newsletter sent out September 2, 2009:

The Twin Myths of Eurabia

The article below is longer than we typically send out, but it is so important to the understanding of what we are facing that we are making an exception and emailing it to you. The article exposes the myth of the “tolerance” that Muslims extended to “infidels” during the Islamic occupation of Spain. It also exposes the myth that the Islamic culture in the Middle Ages was superior to that of non-Muslim cultures, by documenting how Islamic imperialism reaped the benefits of cultures such as the Greeks and Byzantine Empire, but offered little in the way of innovation or renaissance. Why is this important to us today? It’s well-worth reading the article below to learn the answer.

[SlantRight Editor:
The ACT e-newsletter posted most but not all the Fjordman article. Here is “The Twin Myths of Eurabia” from the Brussels Journal]

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