Yes, “Islam Is Part of Our History” … but hardly in the way that European elites claim

Yes, “Islam Is Part of Our History”… but hardly in  the way that European elites claim. By Raymond Ibrahim.

European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans recently … announced that “the Commission is strongly committed to promoting diversity in Europe. Islam is part of our history, Islam is part of our present and Islam will be part of our future.” …

Sort of. But they also try to tell us that “Islam is just another religion like the others” (it’s not, it’s also a totalitarian ideology and the penalty for leaving is death) and that “Islam is the religion of peace” (it’s not, it’s explicitly bent on world domination and, uniquely for a “religion”, is spread by the sword rather than by un-coerced conversion). Here is some of what they aren’t telling you.

In the early seventh century, sword-waving Arabs burst out of the Arabian Peninsula and in a few decades conquered some two-thirds of what then constituted the Christian world — from Syria and Egypt in the east to Carthage and Spain in the west and everything in between. One hundred years after the death of their prophet (traditionally dated to 632), they were in the heart of France where, thanks to their defeat at Tours in 732, and other Frankish victories, the whole of Europe was also not conquered.

But where lands could not be subjugated, bodies still could, and for the next few centuries the jihad turned into a giant slave trade of European flesh, as slave raids left virtually no part of Europe untouched (even the Viking raids in northern Europe were in large measure fueled by Arab gold).

In the tenth and eleventh centuries, the Turks — who embraced the jihad ethos even more than the Arabs — converted to Islam and became its new standard bearers. Although they had notable victories and conquests — particularly after the Seljuk victory against the Eastern Roman Empire in 1071 — it was only with the coming of the Ottomans that the jihad on Europe was renewed in earnest: in the late 1300s and early 1400s, much of the Balkans was brutally subjugated, and Constantinople — Islam’s original archenemy — finally (and horrifically) sacked in 1453.

The Ottoman advance continued unabated — the European victory at Lepanto in 1571 was more symbolic than anything — and in 1683 Vienna was encircled by hundreds of thousands of Muslims. As happened nearly a millennium earlier when the Islamic advance into Europe was stayed in 732, a Christian victory at Vienna only caused Muslims to collapse back to their more modest role as slave traders of white flesh: between the fifteenth and eighteenth centuries, Muslims slavers from the Crimean khanate in the east and the Barbary coast enslaved more than five million Europeans — including in the late 1700s, American sailors, precipitating the Barbary Wars.

hat-tip Stephen Neil