A world without Islam

As I noted previously, the "mainstream" understanding of the Islamic world is so far out of touch with reality that most high school and college history lessons on the Dark and Middle Ages might as well be referring to a parallel universe. The history of Islam- which, as I have pointed out many times before, is a political ideology first and a religion second- is one of violence, bloodshed, conquest, rapine, slavery, and destruction.

As Emmett Scott's work shows us, the rise of Islam brought to a screeching halt the recovery and advancement of post-Roman civilisation across Western Europe, North Africa, and the Middle East. The first great wave of Islamic expansion, which was halted, albeit temporarily, by Charles "The Hammer" Martel at the Battle of Tours in 732AD, still managed to secure a seven-century-long foothold in Spain. And not once, between about 630AD and 1683AD, has the Islamic world ever tried to leave the Christian or Jewish realms of the world in peace. Always there has been the ever-present threat of jihad, and of the three awful choices that invading Muslims always offer their prospective subjects: conversion, dhimmitude, or death.

The world under an Islamic yoke would be a dark and terrible one indeed. As John C. Wright points out in his latest column over at EveryJoe:
You have no doubt heard that there was a Golden Age of Islam, where Muslim scholars preserved the works of Aristotle and the ancients, invented the zero, or made great strides in astronomy and mathematics. This is all an outrageous lie, the precise opposite of the truth. There were certain Spanish scholars, mostly Jews and Christians, conquered by Muslims, but who preserved the ancient texts despite the Muslim program of destroying them. The Byzantine Empire preserved what we have of ancient learning, and scholars fleeing the downfall of one Byzantine theme, province, or city after another in the relentless onslaught of Mohammed reintroduced them into the West. The Moslems not only were not the preservers of the knowledge of the ancient literature, they were the main force destroying it. 
But one of the main causes of the fall of the ancient world was indeed Islam. The Mohammedans soon had control of the Mediterranean, which was the main trade route of the day, travel by land being prohibitively expensive. By cutting off Egypt from Europe, they cut off the breadbasket of Europe, the main source of grain to Christian lands. The economy of Europe contracted by two thirds during the Sixth and Seventh Centuries. 
Spain and Turkey were invaded, hammered over and over again, in relentless and unceasing wars. Each new caliph would renew the wars and attempt to outdo his predecessors in savagery and enormity because this is what Mohammedan law teaches. 
By the Thirteenth Century, just when Thomas Aquinas was successfully integrating Aristotelian philosophy into Christian Theology, an influential Mohammedan philosopher named Algazel convinced his world that there were no such thing as cause and effect, no secondary causes, nothing but the direct will of God. Fire does not cause paper to burn, the paper is destroyed by God’s will. In the meanwhile, Christians, everywhere these days portrayed as the enemies of science and learning, established the parallel institutions of the university system and academic freedom. Mohammedan scholars were having their schools and observatories closed. 
And the fighting never stopped. Never. In no decade in history did the Moslems live in peace with their neighbors, except a brief respite when they were conquered by European powers. 
When they invaded Egypt, it was 98% Christian; now there are nine thousand Coptic Christians left. Most Americans do not even know Egypt was ever a Christian land. Many Americans have heard of the Armenian genocide by the Turk: very few know this was Mohammedan Turks killing Armenian Christians, who had been Christian since the Fourth Century, since before the Fall of Rome. 
Europe fed the slave trade of the Moslems for centuries. Our boys and women were routinely captured, sodomized and raped. The African slave trade was entirely Moslem for centuries, until the Spaniards, the only land in history ever to successfully throw back a Mohammedan conquest, adopted this practice from their ex-conquerors. Slavery had been largely abolished in Europe after the Christianization of the Roman Empire, going the way of gladiatorial games. 
Ours is a shocking and traumatizing history: merely looking at the maps of the centuries between the sixth and the sixteenth, and seeing the Christian lands that one reached from the Rock of Gibraltar to beyond Persia turning rapidly Mohammedan as they are conquered, enslaved, subjected to this ruthless system of conversion-by-the-sword.
And now, we see that the nations of Europe are being forced, through the stupidity and insanity of their plainly delusional leaders, to import tens and hundreds of thousands and maybe even millions more Muslims, and the vicious, pernicious, deadly ideology to which they subscribe, into their heartlands over the next few years.

Those of us who have been willing to actually look at the facts and the true history of Islam's interactions with everyone else, will know full well that history as it is taught to us in school is flat-out wrong. That version of history is a complete fantasy, a total fabrication. There is nothing to that narrative at all.

Given that what we have been taught about Islam is simply a fairy tale in every way, then, and since that fairy tale is sanctioned by a government that is daily losing its legitimacy and the just consent of the governed, perhaps we should come up with a fairy tale of our own- one that would actually be interesting and worth listening to.

That fairy tale is the story of a world without Islam.

What, you may ask, would such a world look like?

Well, I can't pretend to know every last and minor detail of the 14-century-long history of the Islamic world. I know enough about the big events and the major themes, though, to paint an interesting picture.

It is a picture of a relatively peaceful world- of a planet that would have advanced centuries past its current point of technology, innovation, and comfort.

A World of a Golden Age

Let's start with where Emmett Scott's book left off: the beginning of the true Dark Ages, roughly around the middle of the 7th Century and grinding on into the 10th.

If Islam had never come to be, it is almost certain that the Visigothic kingdom of Spain would have continued to flourish and expand. The Merovingians in Gaul would have done the same. The papyrus trade between Egypt and Europe, so essential to the preservation and expansion of knowledge and learning, would not have been stopped. Trade between North Africa and Europe would have grown rapidly. Living standards in Europe itself, already rising well past their previous local minimums following the muted collapse of Rome, would have continued to rise as post-Roman civilisation continued to expand past the borders of the old Western empire.

In England, Caledonia, and Hibernia, the Word of the one true God would have continued to be preached, to set men everywhere free from their pagan pasts. Christianity, which had done so much for so long to weaken and destroy the vile institution of slavery, would have taken root and flowered throughout Western Europe, just as it did in the East under the Byzantines.

The Benedictine monks, to whom the world owes such a vast and as yet unpaid debt for preserving the culture of the West during the chaos and misery of the Dark Ages, would have continued their outstanding work in advancing human knowledge.

The fusion of Christian theology with Aristotelian philosophy, achieved so successfully and with such brilliance by St. Thomas of Aquinas, might just have happened far sooner- because the lessons of Socrates, Plato, and Aristotle would not have been lost, thanks to a bunch of illiterate barbarians burning every great library between Grenada and Damascus.

A World Without Slavery

The Viking phenomenon, which inflicted such misery and devastation up and down the coasts of Northern Europe and Britain for more than four hundred years, would not have come to pass. In the same book, Emmett Scott points out a little-known and little-appreciated fact about the Vikings that modern Scandinavian pagans really would rather you didn't hear about: the Viking raiders came about as a direct consequence of the massive Arabic and Islamic appetite for slaves. The slave trade created a chain of human misery stretching from Scandinavia, through to western Russia, down to the Middle East and the Bosporus, and all the way south through Turkey and into Arabia and Persia. The depredations of the Vikings, which reduced so many coastal communities to mere shells of their former selves and resulted in a major decline in trade and commerce throughout the northern territories, was both a cause and a consequence of the severe decline of post-Roman civilisation during the Dark Ages.

(On the downside, we also probably wouldn't have badass Viking metal bands like AMON AMARTH- one of my flat-out favourite bands, EVER- if that were the case...)

If Islam did not exist, the horrific institution of slavery, which every freedom-loving man rightly hates and despises, would likely have died out rapidly and easily. The reality of Islam is that it was the single greatest catalyst of a global slave trade that sentenced millions of Europeans, and tens of millions of black Africans, to lives without honour, without dignity, and without the God-given gift of freedom. Arabs often use the word abeed to refer to blacks; that term itself is derived from the Arabic abd, for slave. Given that Islam is essentially an Arabic religion, it should come as no surprise at all that, within Islam, blacks are generally viewed as little better than human trash, the sons of Ham who are doomed to serve their masters, the sons of Hagar.

By contrast, Christianity was devoted from the beginning to freeing Mankind from bondage, to serving a loving and benevolent God who intended for Man to be free. And that is precisely what Christianity did in Scotland and Ireland, in Spain and Italy and France. The advance of Christianity greatly weakened and, in places, eliminated the legitimacy of the slave trade.

A world without Islam would have likely been a world without slaves. It might likely have been a world without the War Between the States, in which such devastation and suffering was inflicted by brother against brother right here in the US of A.

A World Without Holy War

Those who hate Christianity like to point out its history of violence. In any argument over the warlike nature of Islam, invariably someone always tries to show how Christianity was just as violent as Islam, if not more so, by pointing to the Crusades and the Inquisition as examples of Christian barbarity and brutality.

That comparison is as absurd as it is factually incorrect.

The Crusades, as anyone with any real knowledge of history can tell you, were not an unprovoked war of aggression against peace-loving Muslims- do not for one moment believe the ridiculous propaganda masquerading as historical filmmaking that we know today as Ridley Scott's Kingdom of Heaven, because much of what is in that film is pure ahistorical garbage. (And don't even get me started on the terrible acting in that movie.)

The Crusades were, in fact, a defensive war waged as a direct reaction to the depredations of the Seljuk Turks upon pilgrims to the Holy Land over a period of decades, and to their constant wars against the Byzantine Empire in the East. The First Crusade, declared by Pope Urban II in 1096AD, was a direct result of the famous appeal made by Emperor Alexius I Comnenus to the Papacy to enlist the aid of the West in securing Christianity's eastern flank against its mortal enemy, Islam.

As for the Inquisition, few institutions in history have ever been so misunderstood, and so badly maligned.

In the first place, "the" Inquisition was no such thing. There are at least three separate Inquisitions on record- the Cathar Inquisition, that persecuted the Albigensians of southern France in 1184, ; the notorious and infamous Spanish Inquisition, which started in 1478 and ran for at least three centuries; and the Roman Inquisition of 1542.

In the second place, even the dreaded Spanish Inquisition's number of total victims put to death is tiny. The total number of people ever recorded as sentenced to death by the Spanish Inquisition is between 3,000 and 3,500. The total number sentenced to death for witchcraft was under 100- in the entire four-century history of the Inquisition. The use of torture was extremely rare, was subject to very stringent rules, and was extensively supervised and recorded.

Even if you argue that these figures are too low by a factor of one hundred- hell, even by a factor of one thousand- you will still realise that, in four hundred years, the Spanish Inquisition killed fewer people than Muslims killed in the space of just a few decades during the First and Second Expansions.

To put the numbers into perspective, it is estimated- very conservatively- that India's Mughal occupiers slaughtered anywhere between 50 and 80 million Hindus during their five-century occupation of that country. It has been recorded- though the evidence is, I admit, anecdotal- that it was not uncommon for Mughal governors and emperors to order villages containing 10,000 people or more to be slaughtered and for their skulls to be piled into pyramids, simply to serve as an example to others.

These figures do NOT count the vast numbers of men, women, and children who died from disease and starvation caused by the wanton destruction inflicted by the Mughals.

These estimates are based on actual, recorded facts. By contrast, the Spanish Inquisition is routinely accused of having slaughtered between 50 and 95 million people, during periods in time when the entirety of Europe didn't even contain that many individuals! Supposedly, the Inquisition killed more people than actually existed!!!

Yet the same people who make such hilariously stupid accusations, never stop to ask: why did Christianity become violent and barbarous (relative to its own history, anyway)?

The answer is that these traits were forced upon an otherwise peaceful religion by the incursions and depredations of Islamic expansion.

Think about it carefully. In the seven centuries prior to the first great Islamic expansion, Christianity was- by and large- a very peaceful religion. It spread through proselytisation and conversion, not force. Until it was accepted, more than three centuries after the death and ascension of the Lord Christ, as the official religion of the Eastern empire, Christians were persecuted, beaten, tortured, and executed in appalling numbers.

Between the 3rd and 7th Centuries AD, Christianity's expansion went hand-in-hand with cultural enlightenment, significant strides in literacy, life expectancy, and medical science.

As for the Jews, they may not have been particularly well liked by Christians, but they were a protected people, as several Popes had repeatedly made clear.

And then it all went horribly wrong.

The first pogroms against Jews in Europe were not started by Christians, but by Muslims, in Spain. Following the standard practices of every imperial civilisation in history, they operated by a philosophy of "divide and conquer"- and pitting Christians against Jews was a great way of ensuring that both did not unite against Muslims. By the time the Reconquista was complete, the lessons of violent and holy war against unbelievers, which is an absolute bedrock tenet of Islam, had made its way into the Christian faith, which had previously struggled for centuries to reconcile the essentially peaceful message of the Lord Christ with His commands to stand firm in the face of violent aggression.

The violent Christianity that we are taught so much about in school was a direct product of Islamic practices that forced Christian nations to take up the sword in defence of their lands and their faith. The persecutions of the Cathars during the Albigensian Crusade, started by Pope Innocent III- the same man who gave rise to the Inquisition itself- was a direct reaction to the realities imposed by Islam.

A World of Wonders

If Islam had never existed, would we have discovered revolutionary advances in optics, mathematics, and medicine, which standard history texts teach us could only have come from the "Arabic" world?

Well actually, yes.

The al-jibra of the scholar Al-Khwarezmi, from whose name we derive the world "algorithm", was in fact basically an expansion upon the work of a much earlier Greek mathematician named Diophantus. The concept of "zero" and the "Arabic" numeral system actually came from India, a part of the world with which Europe had good trading relations prior to the rise of Islam. Paper, silk, gunpowder, and dozens of other innovations would have come to Europe via the Silk Road from China, as they had been doing for centuries.

The basic reason for this comes down to a fundamental difference in outlook between Judaism and Christianity on the one hand, and Islam on the other.

Judaism takes as its starting point a rational, truthful, law-making and- more importantly- law-abiding God. As anyone with sense enough to read the Old Testament can figure out, the God of the Israelites is a stern but just Lord, who clearly sets forth moral edicts that must be obeyed. He loves those who uphold His Commandments and laws; He punishes those who break them- it says so right there in the Book.

In that pivotal scene in Genesis where Abraham is about to sacrifice his son Isaac, the Lord stops him, and swears a Covenant with Abraham. Because there is no power greater than the Lord, He swears that Covenant upon Himself, thus binding Himself in an unbreakable oath with His children.

Why would the Lord do that, if He is not a rational, just, and truthful God?

Both Judaism and Christianity are based upon the axiom that the Lord is the very embodiment of Truth. Because He is rational and just, He created a Universe that obeys specific rules and laws. We may not be able to see them, or we might perceive them only very dimly, but they are there nonetheless. Christianity not only accepts this understanding, but expands upon it, and states clearly that the Lord our God is not only a just and rational God, but is a loving and benevolent God as well.

Under both Judaism and Christianity, exploration and inquiry bring us closer to understanding God by examining ever more perceptively the majesty and wonder of His creation. As long as we do not seek to usurp His power by claiming it for ourselves, scientific inquiry is not only recommended, it is encouraged. And it is therefore no secret that most of the greatest scientists in European and American history were devout Jews and Christians. All of this is because both religions understand a just, rational, loving God to be the centre of Man's moral and physical Universe.

No such understanding exists within Islam.

The Islamic understanding of Allah is of a capricious god, bound by nothing and no one, that can change his mind at will and that does not giving a flying proverbial for humanity, beyond fearfully punishing those who do things contrary to the whims of his "prophet", and rewarding those select few that he thinks are worthy of his time and attention.

Moreover, the Islamic attitude toward science, free inquiry, and philosophy is derived directly from the works of the Islamic scholar and theologian Muhammad ibn al-Ghazali- a name often Romanised as Algazel, as Mr. Wright references above. His work, The Incoherence of the Philosophers, was and remains the cornerstone of Islam's entire approach toward scientific inquiry. In it, he basically trashed the entire idea of attempting to know Allah better through the scientific or philosophical means, and argued- successfully- that Allah simply is what he is; any attempt to understand Allah's works more closely is blasphemous because it questions the primacy of their moon-god over all things.

It is no accident and no surprise, then, that Islamic societies are among the most backward, intolerant, ignorant, and flat-out useless in the world when it comes to innovations and scientific research.

A world without Islam would not be held back by the dead weight of such dreadful scientific ignorance and philosophical closed-mindedness.

A World of Peace

And then there is the small matter of peace in our time.

No matter where you look, where you find Muslims, you will find violence. The two go hand-in-hand. And the reason is very simple. Islam is a political philosophy which teaches utter subjugation to the will of their "god", Allah. The excellent qualities of individual Muslims notwithstanding, in large groups there are few things more inimical to peace and stability within pagan, Christian, or Jewish lands than concentrated pockets of Islam.

As Serge Trifkovic pointed out in the documentary film Islam: What the West Needs to Know, if you take away all of the various conflicts where Muslims are involved, generally speaking, the world is actually a relatively peaceful place.

A World That Can Never Be

This little thought exercise can be run in many ways and through endless scenarios. There is no doubt that Islam did actually do some good during its existence- no one who has ever visited the Red Fort in Delhi, or the palace of Saladin in Cairo, or the Taj Mahal in Delhi, can possibly claim otherwise. But it has also drowned the world in sorrow and misery as well. My own people have suffered truly appalling treatment at the hands of Islamic rulers during their occupation of my home country.

And while I personally bear Muslims no particular ill will, I also cannot overlook the fact that they claim allegiance to a political ideology that is in every way far worse, more dangerous, more inimical to freedom, and more lethal to Western culture, than any other totalitarian ideology that has ever come along.

But hey, if you're actually interested in continuing this little thought experiment, take a look at what I found while bumbling about on teh internetz:

Er... well, yes, that, but I also meant this:


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