Islam’s Thousand Year War on Christendom

Source: Islam’s Thousand Year War on Christendom – Crisis Magazine

Muhammad and Islam were frequently referred to by popes and peasants alike as “demonic,” “diabolic,” and “satanic.” For their part, Muslims had a particular hatred of Christians. They considered the Christian belief in Christ’s divinity to be a great sin against Allah. Wherever Muslim armies went they desecrated and destroyed churches, broke crosses and statues, and made a particular point of violating nuns and torturing priests and monks.

In short, the violent conflicts between Muslims and Christians were primarily religious wars, not, as many modern historians suggest, wars for resources or national interests. Some historians, it seems, are less interested in past events than in finding ways to fit those events into contemporary narratives. Their primary source is their own subjective “modern” outlook. By contrast, Ibrahim, who reads both Arabic and Greek, lets the Muslim and Christian witnesses to past events speak for themselves. Thus, when speaking of the Janissaries—Christian boys who were snatched from their parents and forced to become soldiers of Islam—Ibrahim, relying on centuries-old manuscripts, recounts the horror of the abductions, the abuse of the boys, and their transformation into Islamic true believers who were then turned loose against their former kin. By contrast, according to modern academics, the indoctrination of the Janissaries was “the equivalent of sending a child away for a prestigious education and training for a lucrative career.”

Despite the passage of more than a thousand years, the Muslim-Christian conflict was marked by certain constants. There is a remarkable continuity of belief and behavior—especially on the part of the Muslims.

One of the recurring themes is that of world conquest commanded by Allah. Muslims justified all of their wars and depredations during this immense stretch of history by referring to the Koran and to the words and deeds of Muhammad. Muslim leaders did not look upon their conquests as simply local affairs, but as stepping stones to subjugating the earth. Thus, two common refrains across the centuries were “we will stable our horses in Constantinople” and “we will stable our horses in Rome”—and this from warlords who may have been more than a thousand miles distant from either Rome or Constantinople. When, in 1786, Thomas Jefferson and John Adams inquired of Tripoli’s ambassador to Britain why the Barbary States preyed on American shipping, they were informed that according to the laws of their prophet, Muslims had a “right and duty” to make war on all nations that did not acknowledge their authority.

Another constant over the centuries is what Ibrahim calls the “win-win” bargain. Whether a Muslim lived or died in battle, he was guaranteed a reward either way. If he survived a raid or battle he would be rewarded with plunder, slaves, and concubines. If he died, all his sins would be forgiven by Allah, and he would be saved from the tortures of hell. In addition, he would be rewarded in paradise with food, drink, and seventy-two “eternally young” virgins (houris). Indeed, Muslim officers and preachers would circulate among the troops before battle, reassuring them of their immortal rewards should they die in battle. Many early chronicles attributed Muslim zeal and fanaticism in battle to the “win-win” incentive.

Still another constant was slavery. One modern historian observes that “the Islamic jihad looks uncomfortably like a giant slave trade.” The number of the enslaved was astronomical. It was not unusual for a campaign to result in the enslavement of 100,000 people. Between 1530 and 1780, the Barbary Coast Muslims enslaved at least a million Europeans. Some three million Slavs—Poles, Lithuanians, Russians, and Ukrainians—were enslaved between 1450 and 1783. Millions more were taken captive by the Muslim conquerors of Spain. One caliph, Abd al-Rahman III, had 3,750 slaves and 6,300 concubines.

Slaving raids were also carried out in Ireland, England, Denmark, and as far away as Iceland and Scandinavia. Slaves were used for labor, as soldiers, and as concubines. White slaves were highly prized, especially blonde and red-headed girls and women. Black slaves were routinely castrated. Although few Americans are aware of the fact, the Arab and Ottoman slave trade lasted far longer than the Atlantic slave trade and resulted in the loss of many more lives.

Even America did not escape the reach of Islamic jihad. In its formative years, as Ibrahim points out, America was forced to make jizya payments—amounting to 16 percent of the federal budget—to Algeria for the release of captured American sailors. Indeed, America’s first war as a nation was a war against Islam. Over a period of thirty-two years, the American navy fought an intermittent war to put an end to the Barbary States’ attacks on American shipping. That is what is referred to by the “shores of Tripoli” in the Marine Corps hymn.

Sword and Scimitar puts to rest several important myths. One of these myths is that Christians were the aggressors in this long and bloody conflict. This is decidedly not the case. For example, the modern idea that “the crusades were unprovoked wars of conquest” is demonstrably false. As Ibrahim points out, the crusades were a very belated response to 400 years of Muslim conquest. Two-thirds of the Christian world had already been devoured by Muslim armies before Pope Urban II made his appeal to the knights of Christendom. Many regions which are now solidly Muslim were once Christian. All of the twenty-two nations which now comprise the “Arab world” in the Middle East and North Africa were Christian. The same is true of Turkey, whose capital, Constantinople, was once the center of Christendom.

Perhaps the major lesson of Ibrahim’s timely book is that little has changed over the centuries. One of the misleading myths of our time is that al-Qaeda, ISIS, Boko Haram, and other major terrorist groups have perverted the meaning of Islam. They are variously described as having “hijacked,” “distorted,” or “misunderstood” the true message of Islam. History says otherwise. According to Ibrahim, “this book…records a variety of Muslims across time and space behaving exactly like the Islamic State and for the same reasons.” “Muslim hostility to the West,” he observes, “is not an aberration but a continuation of Islamic history.” Against today’s wishful thinking about Islam’s peaceful intentions, Sword and Scimitar documents “what Muslims have actually done to and in the West for centuries.”

The historical record also reveals two perennial weaknesses of the Western response to Islam. One is disunity. There were several cases of Christians failing to come to the aid of other Christians. And there were even cases of Christians taking the side of Islam. Protestant Queen Elizabeth I formed an alliance with the Barbary pirates against Catholic Spain, and Protestant Count Tholky of Hungary actually marched with the Turks against Catholic Vienna. Likewise, some Catholic rulers had more interest in fighting other Christians than in fighting the Turks. According to one historian, King Charles V “would spend more time, money, and energy fighting the French and the Protestants than he ever devoted to the war with Suleiman.” More shamefully, Louis XIV supported the Ottoman siege of Vienna with men, money, and engineers. When Jan Sobieski’s victorious army inspected the field of battle, “a great many French” bodies were found alongside the Turks.

A second Western weakness was indifference. Many Western leaders took little notice of approaching threats until Muslim armies were on their doorstep. As Pope Sixtus IV warned European rulers:

Let them not think that they are protected against invasion, those who are at a distance from the theatre of war! They, too, will bow the neck beneath the yoke…unless they come forward to meet the invader.

Even though the distance between peoples as measured by days and weeks has shrunk drastically, many in the West today still maintain an attitude of indifference toward the threat from Islam. They think that the persecution of Christians in the Middle East and Africa can’t happen to them. And many in America are unaware of the accelerating Islamization of Europe. They would do well to heed Pope Sixtus IV’s words: “Let them not think that they are protected against invasion.”

Can’t happen in the here and now? As Sword and Scimitar ably demonstrates, what has happened over and over in the past is very likely to happen again.


For more information on the book pictured, read this previous post.

7 thoughts on “Islam’s Thousand Year War on Christendom

  1. How INSANELY ironic is it that the Arabic sounding word for the “72 virgins” (houris) is almost identical to the English word, WHORES????? Does God have a sense of humor, or what???? I’d say the resemblance is not an oversight!!!!!

  2. Next, how about an article on the TWO THOUSAND year war by Christendom on Jews? Then we can discuss the many wars within Christendom by the followers of “the Prince of Peace” who persecuted, tortured, and slaughtered in his name. After all, isn’t that What Jesus Would Do?

    • Dear Hillary Lisimba (September 20, 2018 at 2:32 AM):

      If by that you mean ALL of us (Jews, Christians, Muslims, people of all faiths and none), and that we should pray for peace, tolerance, and respect for each other’s beliefs, then I agree.

      Unfortunately, that’s NOT what the owner of this website is interested in, nor are many of the people posting Comments here. Ironically, but typically, they are the mirror-image of the things they claim to oppose, the extremists within Islam (Al Qaeda, ISIS, etc.), but then extremists of any type tend to resemble each other. They think it’s okay because they’re doing it in the name of “Christianity”, they’re wrong.

      • You never cease in your ignorant lies babbling on and on, always deflecting the ugly atrocity that islam is. An ugly, sick, demented, murderous, pedophiles trying to conquer the world for their fake prophet mohamed the pedophile murderer! And you twist history into lies that fit your agenda! The only ‘people’ that have been at war with the Jews for centuries are ragheads, mooslem cretins that have constantly tried and still fry to destroy the Jews! You’re a disgusting reprehensible being!

        • Dear wahotsdad (September 22, 2018 at 7:07 PM):

          Right! It was Muslims who first expelled Jews from Spain and then launched the Inquisition there to get the ones who remained (not their “Catholic Majesties” Ferdinand and Isabella). And it was Muslim King Edward the First who expelled Jews from England. And it was Muslims who set up the first “Ghetto” (in Venice), and then forced Jews to live there (behind gates which were locked at night because we can’t have Jews wandering the city freely). And it was Muslims who regularly conducted Pograms and massacres of Jews in Europe. And it was Muslims who forced Jews to attend Church on Easter Sunday, where they heard Sermons denouncing their religion, and calling them “Christ Killers”. And it was Muslims who regularly throughout Europe burned Jewish holy books and houses of worship (when they weren’t busy burning Jews themselves). Finally, of course, it was Hitler and other Muslims in Nazi Germany who perpetrated the Holocaust, using Muslim images (such as the Crusader Knights) to appeal to the emotions of the “Aryans” they were “protecting” against the “Jewish Threat”.

          No, wait, ALL OF THAT WAS DONE BY CHRISTIANS!

          It always amuses me when dealing with EXTREMISTS (whether of the “left” or the “right”) how they love to FALSELY accuse others of what they’re GUILTY of themselves. You want to see someone who’s IGNORANT, who LIES, who BABBLES, who tries to DEFLECT, who TWIST HISTORY (when not simply IGNORING it), and is a DISGUSTING and REPREHENSIBLE excuse for a human being? Go look in the nearest mirror.

          Meanwhile, if you have the slightest interest in TRUTH and HISTORY, I suggest you read “Constantine’s Sword” by James Carroll, after that tackle “Jews, God, and History” by Max I. Dimont. (Though be careful with the latter, otherwise you might decide it’s the Jews who are the “Master Race”!)

          • 1,400years you muzrats have been murdering Jews and Christians trying to conquer the world the Crusades were to drive you cretins back to the middle east and out of the civilized world. Don’t preach your bullshit like you’re civilized, you’re disgusting murderous pedophiles that bring humanity lower with your barbarism! You are a disgusting excuse for a human that lies to all non-muzrats! So blather on civilization has advanced but, islam is still in the 7th century murdering bloodthirsty animals that think their fake prophet was something other than a pathetic psychotic pedophile murderer!

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