How Islam Set Back Western Civilization

And continues to do so, as the world is witnessing, today. Excerpted from How Islam Set Back Western Civilization. By Matthew Hanley

The Belgian historian Henri Pirenne asked a related question: what, in fact, caused the Dark Ages? In his posthumous Mohammed and Charlemagne (1939), Pirenne contested the conventionally accepted explanation for the fall of classical civilization: the formal dissolution of the Western Roman Empire in 476, following its descent into decadence, paved the way for a barbarism that led inexorably to the subsequent Dark Ages of the 7th to 10th centuries.

Pirenne observed that the governing barbarians did not obliterate the Roman infrastructure, and that the overall modus vivendi carried on much like it had, prior to its fall, because the “barbarians” adopted the prevailing Roman ethos. They did not foist their own language, laws, or customs on Rome.

Pirenne stressed that the source of the Roman Empire’s vitality cannot be disassociated from its essentially Mediterranean character and orientation; that clearly remained intact for quite a while. Western trade flourished as before, connected with the great cities of the East – where prosperity, population, and learning were concentrated. The overall features of life throughout the region in 600 were similar to what they had been in 400.

It was not until the advent of Islam in the 7th century, precisely then and only then, that destruction really arrived. Recurrent Islamic raids altered the very orientation of the littoral peoples; they fled the Mediterranean and for the first time looked to the north. East was severed from West, and the previously unified Mediterranean, “having become a Musalman lake, was no longer a thoroughfare of commerce and of thought which it always had been.”

Unlike the German invaders, wherever the Arabs went they ruled. This was a dimension of their religious claims. They sought not conversion per se, but demanded subjection, creating an insuperable barrier between the conquered and the Muslims: “What a contrast between them [the Arabs] and Theodoric, who placed himself at the service of those he had conquered, and sought to assimilate himself to them!” The whole region was thereby transformed, as the Arabs ushered in “a complete break with the past.”

Egyptian papyri, which had been widespread in the West (and a solid indicator of literacy), disappeared, as did distinctive coins that were in use right up until the Arab conquest – leading to the barter system.Despite the literary and archaeological sources, however, Pirenne’s arguments were dismissed in favor of the view that Islam had been (unlike “repressive” Christianity) an enlightening force.

In Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited (2012),Emmet Scott has taken up Pirenne’s thesis. Though he is primarily interested in the controversy it generated, he does not shy away from rendering a verdict: “scholarship has now arrived at several conclusions which are really beyond dispute, and which tend to offer definitive support for Pirenne.”

In the late sixth and early seventh centuries, classical civilization was intact and humming along, even expanding. In fact, some regions were “flourishing as never before”; Spain in particular, as well as Gaul, was enjoying a resurgent late classical culture.

Scott points to the hundreds of known Visigothic-era structures, even noting that by the early 7th century architects had brought back meticulously cut stone; these structures, Scott observes, were “far superior, technically and artistically, to their successors of the tenth century Romanesque.” In fact, the rich Visigothic architectural legacy stands in conspicuous contradistinction to the “virtually complete absence of all archaeology from the first two centuries of the Islamic epoch.” Only in the mid-tenth century do artifacts reemerge.

The great cities of the East – in Syria and Asia Minor – suffered violent destruction at the hand of the Arabs in the early seventh century. Sudden ruin during war, it might be objected, is one thing; these cities, however, were never rebuilt. In fact, significant archaeological remains in the entire Mediterranean as well as Middle Eastern regions (beyond Roman influence) seem to have entirely vanished for the next three centuries.

Construction – to say nothing of preservation – was not nurtured by Islam. Indeed, “almost all knowledge of these countries’ histories disappears, and does so almost overnight.” Of Egypt, Scott writes that the change imposed upon them in the early 7th century “can only be described as catastrophic.”

Islamic lands, as Naipaul recounts with personalized detail, have tended to experience a measure of what Egypt did so acutely: the effective loss of her own history. Moreover, another highly significant feature is now part of the archaeological record: a layer of sediment found throughout the Mediterranean known as the “Younger Fill.” This stratum of subsoil, which is not confined to the Mediterranean but is found in all the shores occupied by Muslims, represents the “geographical signature of the end of Graeco-Roman civilization.”

This subsoil was deposited between the mid-seventh and mid-tenth centuries, precisely coinciding with the deafening archaeological silence. It can be explained by the wholesale abandonment of irrigational and agricultural systems when the littoral peoples abandoned coastal settlements for hilltop fortifications in response to unremitting Muslim raids.

Jihad vs Crusades: The Facts (video)

A brief history to help you in discussions with leftists and Muslims via Political Islam

More to come later today.

Geert Wilders to the Prime Minister: “Close the Borders! Tackle Islam!”

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via Gates of Vienna.

Geert Wilders and the PVV (Party for Freedom) released the following open letter today addressed to Prime Minister Mark Rutte of the Netherlands:

Open letter to the Dutch Prime Minister

Prime Minister,

Yesterday’s joint statement by the cabinet and the Jewish organizations about the growing anti-Semitism in the Netherlands is worthless. There is an elephant in the room, but you refuse to see it.

Such lax behavior is unworthy of a Prime Minister.

You are afraid of Islam and therefore refuse to say what everyone knows: the more Islam in the Netherlands, the more anti-Semitism one will get.

“Together we are responsible for ensuring that conflicts that occur elsewhere in the world do not lead to tensions and conflicts between groups in our Dutch society,” you state.

What nonsense!

We are not responsible together; you are responsible!

That “conflicts that occur elsewhere in the world” lead to tensions in the Netherlands is due to the fact that you do not close our borders to people from Muslim countries. As a consequence, you allow the hatred of Jews, Christians, atheists, and non-Muslims in general, which characterizes the Islamic world, to spread throughout the Netherlands.

Do something about it, Prime Minister: Close the borders! Tackle Islam! Lock Jew-haters and Isis-supporters up and expel them. Do your duty, and reduce anti-Semitism in the Netherlands by reducing Islam.

Yours sincerely,
Geert Wilders

Netherlands: ISIS terror supporters hold street rally (video)

Argentina is the least of Netherlands problems. via Geert Wilders’ Twitter / geertwilderspvv: h/t the shark

Dit is Nederland anno 2014. ISIS-tuig in onze straten. Minister Opstelten slaapt verder. Luister goed naar de tekst.. http://omroepwest.bbvms.com/view/content_video/2334436.html

Rough translation:

This is Netherlands anno 2014 isis vehicle in our streets Minister Opstelten continue sleeping listen to the lyrics

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Gateway Pundit had some photos via Twitter:

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Geert Wilders’ Party for Freedom (PVV) proposes plan against Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands

via Geert Wilders Weblog h/t Euro News

Party for Freedom (PVV) proposes plan against Islamic terrorism in the Netherlands Islam shows its true face in Syria and Iraq. Gruesome fanatics, including terrorists with Dutch passports, leave a trail of blood throughout the Middle East. The Netherlands have to protect themselves. If we don’t, the barbaric scenes that play today in Syria and Iraq will soon be repeated in our country. The PVV proposes 10 concrete measures to protect the Netherlands against Islamic terror:

  1. Once gone, forever gone
    People leaving to fight for Islam in Syria, Iraq or elsewhere, will automatically lose their Dutch nationality, and will be not be allowed to return to our country. Their accounts will be frozen and confiscated. This also applies to those who recruit people to fight for Islam.

2. Immediate imprisonment
Those fighters who have already returned from Syria must be imprisoned immediately. They must be administratively detained. Participation in and support of the armed Islamic struggle should be punishable by law.

  1. Control the borders
    Reintroduce border controls at once. We leave Schengen and the EU so that we can guard our own borders.

  2. Stop Immigration from Islamic countries
    Immigration of people from Islamic countries must be stopped, including asylum seekers. International treaties have to be modified or terminated so that this becomes possible.

  3. Voluntary re-emigration
    We advocate voluntary re-emigration of people from Islamic countries. A survey shows that 73% of Dutch Muslims consider Syria fighters to be heroes. Such disgusting sympathies do not belong in the Netherlands.

  4. Deal hard with the supporters
    Mosques, Islamic schools and other organizations that provide financial or other support to those who go to fight in Syria must be closed down immediately. They should be confronted with civil, administrative and criminal penalties.

  5. No military intervention
    Dutch intervention in the Islamic world is useless. Countries can only became safe, prosperous and democratic, if they renounce Islam. But this is their own responsibility. We should focus on the protection of the Netherlands. No arms exports to Islamic countries.

  6. More money for security
    Stop wasting money on development aid. Give more money to the AIVD (the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service).

  7. Support Israel
    Israel is the front line in the fight against jihad. Stimulate economic relations with Israel. If Israel falls, the West falls.

  8. Break diplomatic relations with supporters of terror
    The Netherlands should break diplomatic relations with countries, such as Saudi Arabia an d Qatar, that support terror.

US Government Promoting Islam in Czech Republic

With your taxpayer money. via US Government Promoting Islam in Czech Republic.

The Czech government has approved a new project aimed at promoting Islam in public elementary and secondary schools across the country.

The project—Muslims in the Eyes of Czech Schoolchildren—is being spearheaded by a Muslim advocacy group and is being financed by American taxpayers through a grant from the US Embassy in Prague. (The US State Department is also promoting Islam in other European countries.)

The group says the Czech Ministry of Education has authorized it to organize lectures and seminars aimed at “teaching Czech schoolchildren about Islamic beliefs and practices” and at “fighting stereotypes and prejudices about Muslims.”

But critics—there are many—say the project’s underlying objective is to convert non-Muslim children to Islam by bringing proselytizing messages into public schools under the guise of promoting multiculturalism and fighting “Islamophobia.”

One of the co-founders of the project, a Czech-Palestinian named Sadi Shanaah, was quoted by the Prague Post as saying, “School lessons do not pay sufficient attention to Islam. Pupils want to learn more about it.”

But the group recently ran an advertisement promising to pay 250 Czech korunas ($13 dollars) to any student aged 15 to 18 years who would agree to attend a two-hour presentation about Islam.

The ad—which indicates that the American embassy in Prague was financing the April 2 event—states: “Event will take place at a school in New Butovice (7 minutes’ walk from the metro station). You get a brief introduction to Islam through which you can learn more about the veiling of Muslim women, media coverage and Muslims in the Czech Republic. Then you will have the opportunity to meet with Amirah, a Malaysian Muslim who is studying medicine in Prague, and to ask her everything you want about Islam or Muslim life in the Czech Republic.”

Read it all.

A reader also sent in this link to a State Dept. publication titled “American Muslims.

David Cameron’s religious adviser is grandson of Muslim Brotherhood founder

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via Mail Online h/t Religion of Peace

David Cameron is facing embarrassment over the close links between a Government adviser on religion and an Islamist group placed under urgent investigation.

The Prime Minister last week ordered the security services to look into the Muslim Brotherhood amid fears its leaders, exiled from Egypt, are plotting terrorist attacks from London.

He said the inquiry would establish ‘the complete picture’ of the Brotherhood including its possible involvement with ‘violent extremism’ and its ‘presence here in the UK’.

But the investigation is likely to lead to red faces in Whitehall, as a scion of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founding family is a senior ministerial adviser.

Tariq Ramadan is one of 14 members of the Foreign Office’s Advisory Group on Freedom of Religion or Belief, chaired by Tory peer Baroness Warsi. He is Professor of Contemporary Islamic Studies at Oxford University, and was a member of a taskforce set up by Tony Blair after 7/7.

But Prof Ramadan, 51, is grandson of the Muslim Brotherhood’s founder Hassan al-Banna and his father Said Ramadan was a leading light.

The Swiss citizen was for several years banned from the US for ‘providing material support to a terrorist organisation’ and only let in after a long legal battle in which he argued that no link with terrorism existed.

Douglas Murray, associate director of the Henry Jackson Society think-tank, said: ‘David Cameron should be deeply embarrassed by this. Tariq Ramadan is extremely loyal to his father and grandfather and he does not, by any means, speak out against the Muslim Brotherhood.’

Ramadan was banned from the U.S. too, until Obama and Hillary Clinton gave him a visa and Hamas-linked CAIR immediately hosted the Brotherhood prodigy.

Related: The Muslim Brotherhood in the United States

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