For the first century of its existence,
Islam was absolutely soaked in blood.
The killing only slowed down as the Islamic empire finally ran into boundaries
in the 8th century,
after about a century of expansionist, imperialist,
unprovoked Islamic aggression.
Even after the initial expansion slowed,
the killings did not end.
and oppression (sharia)
are part of the core doctrines of Islam.
Killing for Islam is not a modern idea,
and it will never end until some sort of reformation takes place within the religion.
Medieval Christianity was equally violent,
but Christianity has since reformed.
For many years now,
Islam has been the most violent religion in the world.
"This compendium shows that Islamic jihad has for fourteen centuries
meant exactly what bin Laden, Zaraqawi, and every other so-called "Islamic fundamentalist"
says it means: a war to compel the whole world to embrace Islam, die,
or live under intolerant, humiliating restrictions"
The real imperialism in the world today.
The jihad's plans to crush half of the Old World under its heel.
The Jews and the Christians and the Hindus (and in this version the Shia) will be exterminated.
And then, when the world is violently cleansed of all dissent, a glorious utopian heaven will dawn.
Image circulating on jihadi social networks as at 2013.
"First, let's see how ignorant we are about the history of political Islam.
How many Christians can tell you how
What happened to the
Seven Churches of Asia
mentioned in Paul's letters?
Find a Jew who can tell you the Jewish history of
(second class citizens who serve Islam).
What European knows that white women were the highest priced slaves
Everyone knows how many Jews Hitler killed,
but find an unbeliever who can tell you how many died in jihad over the last 1400 years."
"Jihad destroyed a Christian Middle East
and a Christian North Africa.
Soon it was the fate of the
and the Hindu
to be the victims of jihad.
The history of political Islam is the destruction of Christianity
in the Middle East, Egypt, Turkey and North Africa.
Half of Christianity was lost.
Before Islam, North Africa was the southern part of Europe (part of the Roman Empire).
Around 60 million Christians were slaughtered during the jihadic conquest.
Half of the glorious Hindu civilization was annihilated and 80 million Hindus killed.
The first Western Buddhists
were the Greeks descended from Alexander the Great's army
in what is now Afghanistan. Jihad destroyed all of Buddhism along the silk route.
About 10 million Buddhists died.
The conquest of Buddhism is the practical result of pacifism.
was eliminated from Persia.
The Jews became permanent dhimmis throughout Islam.
In Africa over 120 million Christians and animists have died over the last 1400 years of jihad.
Approximately 270 million nonbelievers died
over the last 1400 years for the glory of political Islam.
These are the Tears of Jihad which are not taught in any school."
takes us through over 1,000 years of Islamic aggression and imperialism.
See also a longer talk.
Did Islam, not barbarians, destroy classical civilization?
and others have promoted the theory that 7th century Islam,
not 5th century barbarian conquest,
was the main force that
destroyed classical civilization.
The theory is that the "barbarians" preserved much of classical civilization in culture, if not in politics.
But then in the 7th century Islam destroyed that culture in North Africa and the Middle East.
And even the areas it did not actually conquer, in Europe, were cut off from what had been for centuries a
vast area of free trade and
civilization around the Mediterranean.
These now-isolated non-Muslim areas became backwaters, without access to the trade and products they had long relied on,
and they went into decline.
Gates of Vienna review
points out that Islam was so insignificant in the 18th-19th centuries that no one could imagine it as the main cause
rather than the barbarians.
"during the European ascendancy, it was difficult to comprehend how much damage could be inflicted by such a primitive and barbaric culture.
By the time the European colossus stood astride the globe in the nineteenth century, Islam was a trivial retrograde rabble that deserved no respect and even less attention. How could it have come within a hair’s breadth of smothering European civilization in its cradle?"
Europe and North Africa and the Middle East
in 600 AD
What alternative history might have happened if Islam had never been invented?
Jihad begot the Crusades
by Andrew G. Bostom.
It would be wrong to whitewash the democide of
But it would be equally wrong to whitewash the centuries
of jihad and persecution of Christians
that preceded them.
The New Anti-Semitism, Bernard Lewis,
- on the history of anti-semitism from medieval Christianity
to the Nazis to the Islamists.
Lewis, not one to whitewash Islam,
does say that medieval Islam was more tolerant of religious diversity than
medieval Islam was tolerant by modern standards.
Just that medieval Christianity was so bad.
"one has to remember that in the confrontation between Christendom and Islam,
the movement of refugees, of those who, in Lenin's famous phrase, "voted with their feet,"
was overwhelmingly from west to east not from east to west."
The Ottoman sultans admitted many Jewish refugees from Spain, Portugal, Italy, and elsewhere.
"This was tolerance and no more than that.
but it is a lot better than intolerance as such, and the limited but substantial tolerance
accorded to Jews and other non-Muslim communities in the Muslim states until early modern times
was certainly vastly better than anything that was available in Christendom."
Maria Rosa Menocal
has been prominent in promoting the idea that Muslim Spain was tolerant,
but even she says that
Jews and Christians had limited rights in Muslim Spain:
"The dhimmi, as these covenanted peoples were called, were granted religious freedom, not forced to convert to Islam. They could continue to be Jews and Christians, and, as it turned out, they could share in much of Muslim social and economic life. In return for this freedom of religious conscience the Peoples of the Book (pagans had no such privilege) were required to pay a special tax - no Muslims paid taxes - and to observe a number of restrictive regulations: Christians and Jews were prohibited from attempting to proselytize Muslims, from building new places of worship, from displaying crosses or ringing bells. In sum, they were forbidden most public displays of their religious rituals."
points out that
anyone who criticised Muhammed and Islam
in Muslim Spain
would be put to death.
And many such executions are recorded.
says the myth of tolerant Muslim Spain serves a deep need:
"Yet even these romanticizers who write of Al-Andaluz as the great exemplar of tolerance also consider it to be, at best, a unique example in the long 1400-year history of Islam -- which already is a way of admitting that the treatment of non-Muslims under Islam in general was not a paradise of "tolerance" and fruitful mutual accommodation. In all of the history of Islam, the story of Muslim Spain is that only one where there is even a colorable claim for "tolerance." How pleasant it would be to make of history what it was not. How wonderful to think that at least once, just once, in the whole long history of Muslim conquest, there really was one spot where there was real tolerance".
Fatih Sultan Muhammad
an Islamic-viewpoint animation that celebrates the Fall of Constantinople to Islam in 1453.
Oddly, it leaves out the raping of women and children by the invading army.
The jihadist army endlessly invokes Allah's blessing
and shouts "Allah Akbar".
It is openly portrayed as a great religious war against the infidel.
Turkey was only 10 percent Muslim at the Fall of Constantinople in 1453.
Now Turkey is 100 percent Muslim.
The Christian and Greek civilization of Anatolia is gone. It is annihilated.
says that reading it you
"become .. numbed by the author's relentless catalogue of pogroms, executions, expulsions, forced conversions and the generalized terrorizing of Jews
this simply is the grim, unchanging nature of the epic hatred he has taken as his subject.".
No one is denying that Christians persecuted and slaughtered Jews too:
"It goes without saying that Muslim civilization has no monopoly on violent and systematic anti-Semitism: Spasms of murderous Jewhatred were common all across Christendom during the 14 centuries of Islam's existence. But in recent generations, Western societies at least have tried to come to terms with their history in a morally serious way. Gilbert's book makes clear that
this self-critical approach to history remains foreign to Muslim societies".
The Battle of Vienna, 1683,
was the high water mark
of the jihad's threat to western Europe.
After this, due to the west's invention and progressive refinement of the powerful ideas
of science, democracy and capitalism,
the Islamic world fell further and further behind the west.
The modern jihad
is a rage against this decline -
but, since it rejects these western ideas,
it will never restore Islamic greatness.
Many parts of Christian Eastern Europe were forced to live for centuries under Ottoman Muslim rule:
The largest Christian cathedral in the world,
Hagia Sophia, Constantinople,
was converted into a mosque in 1453.
Image from here.
More images here.
The mosque in the Parthenon:
After the Ottoman Turkish Muslims
they built a
The mosque ("the present Moschea")
is shown in this
view of the Parthenon
drawn in 1765,
published in 1787.
This is from
The Antiquities of Athens
by James Stuart and Nicholas Revett
See also 1821 view.
Athens was liberated from Turkish rule in
based on 1839 photograph.
The mosque was removed.
Syrian jihadists take over town of Raqqa in 2014, and forcibly convert its church into a mosque -
as their ancestors had done a thousand times before.
In the 16th - 19th centuries,
perhaps 1 million west European men, women and children
were kidnapped (sometimes from their homes) by
Muslim pirates and sold into torture, rape and slavery in the Islamic world, where almost all died.
The Children's Crusade of 1212
may (or may not) have ended with the young Christians being sold into Islamic slavery.
"Is there any chance we might persuade the Muslim nations of North Africa
to erect modest monuments to the million or so European Christians who suffered and died
as slaves of their ancestors? My guess would be: no chance at all."
ISIS, Oct 2014, says that the brutal enslaving of innocent
Yazidi women and children is just normal Islamic law.
They say that since the Yazidi religion pre-dates Islam, its women and children can be lawfully enslaved:
"Accordingly, the Islamic State dealt with this group as the majority of fuqaha [scholars]
Unlike the Jews and Christians, there was no room for the jizyah payment. Also, their women could be enslaved unlike female apostates who the majority of fuqaha say cannot be enslaved and can only be given an ultimatum to repent or face the sword.
This large-scale enslavement of mushrik [polytheist] families is probably the first since the abandonment of this Sharia’ah law.
one should remember that
enslaving the families of the kuffar and taking their women as concubines is a firmly established aspect of the Shari’ah".
They said it, not me.
The Slave Market
depicts white Europeans
sold as slaves in the Middle East.
Perhaps 1 million west European men, women and children
were kidnapped by Muslim pirates
and sold into torture, rape and slavery in the Islamic world.
And who talks about them today? Nobody.
See full size.
Islamic sex slaves used to be a common theme for western painters.
diary of 8 February 1661.
recounts a night drinking in a tavern
in London with two Englishmen who had recently been captured as Islamic slaves.
of 1855 printing
of his diary.
See hyperlinked notes.
Child slaves on an Arab slave ship intercepted by the Royal Navy, 1869.
The cowards of Al Qaeda almost exclusively attack defenceless civilians:
"The majority of their attacks have been directed against civilian infrastructure
such as embassies, consulates, shipping, transportation, hotels, resorts, nightclubs, bars,
synagogues, churches, temples, mosques, markets, housing complexes, office buildings and schools."
The Path to Darkness,
about modern terrorism.
Looks good, though spoiled by the apparent sympathy for a
former Japanese kamikaze pilot.
In reality, Axis Japan were worse butchers of innocents than the jihad is.
The Photoshop is so good that
Richard Dawkins in
The God Delusion (2006)
mistook it for a real image.
Dawkins corrected this in later editions.
But the point stands that the Photoshop tells a profound truth
- no other religion has a problem with violence like Islam does.
"Which religion is the most violent?"
Survey of Americans,
They were asked to choose among these 4 religions only.
These are the percentages among those who gave an answer.
(I suspect that the ones who say "They're all the same" are the people who
don't read the news
and don't like to think about it.)
Most of the world - if they had to pick one religion - would agree that the
"religion of peace"
is the most violent religion
in the world.
Pie chart generated with
The Global Peace Index
shows how Islam has spread peace across the
("House of Peace").
And unbelief and secularism and liberalism have spread endless war across the
("House of War").
Yeah, that's clearly what it shows.
"how many this weekend Mo? And last weekend, the week before that? And on and on since the supporters of Umar and Ali fell out"
on the endless killings for Islam, going back 1400 years, and which will go on for hundreds, maybe thousands of years
into the future.
Who I block:
I will debate almost anyone.
I love ideas.
I will not debate (and will block) people who do the following:
(a) Make threats.
(b) Accuse me of crimes.
(c) Comment on my appearance.
(d) Drag in stuff about me not related to the topic. (My professional career, my personal life.)
(e) Complain to my employer.
Yes, people do all these things.