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A Revisionist Muslim History of America (Greenfield)
Sultan Knish blog ^ | Monday, February 16, 2015 | Daniel Greenfield

Posted on 02/16/2015 8:21:36 PM PST by Louis Foxwell

Monday, February 16, 2015

A Revisionist Muslim History of America

Posted by Daniel Greenfield @ the Sultan Knish blog

Turkish President Erdogan’s claim that Columbus encountered a mosque in Cuba (the explorer actually saw a rock whose shape he compared to the dome of a mosque) and a Saudi Imam claiming that Columbus had sailed to America to attack Muslims are typical of an emerging genre of Muslim revisionist history that lays claim to America based on an imaginary earlier Muslim presence here.

While these examples may be laughable, Muslim historical revisionism has taken root in academia. It can be found in PBS broadcasts and in a recent New York Times piece.

In the New York Times, Peter Manseau asserts that, “There is an inconvenient footnote to the assertion that Islam is anti-American: Muslims arrived here before the founding of the United States — not just a few, but thousands.”

The description of Islam as anti-American has nothing to do with the Muslim date of arrival. Instead it refers to Islam’s theocratic erosion of the line between mosque and state, its theological doctrines of violence against non-Muslims and women, as well as the belief of a succession of killers crying “Allahu Akbar” that they can achieve a paradise full of virgins by killing Americans. The Muslims who had the biggest influence on the United States were nineteen men who boarded planes on September 11.

But Manseau goes on to offer up three examples of Muslims in the early days of the United States.

“In 1528, a Moroccan slave called Estevanico was shipwrecked along with a band of Spanish explorers near the future city of Galveston, Tex. The city of Azemmour, in which he was raised, had been a Muslim stronghold against European invasion until it fell during his youth. While given a Christian name after his enslavement, he eventually escaped his Christian captors and set off on his own through much of the Southwest.”

Manseau neglects to mention that Estevanico or Esteban de Dorantes was African, not Arab. Morocco was a major slave market and Africans in Morocco today are still often taunted as slaves. If Estevanico was ever Muslim, it was because he or his ancestors had been enslaved and converted to Islam.

And Manseau’s history only gets worse.

Estevanico didn’t escape his masters. He set out as a scout for them. He did disobey them by resuming a faith healing routine that began during an earlier journey in which he along with some members of his expedition claimed to be a “Son of the Sun” and cured diseases with the sign of the cross.

It’s hard to think of a less Islamic form of behavior.

During his expedition, Estevanico pretended to be a shaman, gathered followers, including a harem, and demanded turquoise and women from the local Indians in exchange for magical healing. Meanwhile he sent back crosses of different sizes to his Spanish masters to show them the most promising Indian villages. Eventually he reached the Zuni who killed him for, in some accounts, wearing offensive shamanic clothing from other tribes or for demanding women from them.

Zuni accounts claim that he molested their women. A similar report comes from Coronado who said that, "The Indians say that they killed him here because the Indians of Chichiticale said that he was a bad man and not like the Christians who never killed women, and he killed them, and because he assaulted their women, whom the Indians love better than themselves."

Black nationalists tried to make a hero out of Estevanico, but he makes a remarkably poor hero. He was a scam artist exploiting the native population, aiding the Spaniards and abusing women along the way. Some of this makes him a tolerably passing Muslim, but there is no real evidence that he was a Muslim aside from his land of origin. At times he appears to have practiced Christianity and later adopted the persona of an Indian shaman. Manseau tries to put the best face possible on his history but deceives readers in much the same way that his hero deceived the native population.

But Manseau’s next “Muslim” hero is if anything even worse than Estevanico.

“The best known Muslim to pass through the port at New Orleans was Abdul-Rahman Ibrahim ibn Sori, a prince in his homeland whose plight drew wide attention. As one newspaper account noted, he had read the Bible and admired its precepts, but added, ‘His principal objections are that Christians do not follow them,’” Manseau writes.

This description once again leaves out quite a lot.

The so-called Prince Abdul Rahman Ibrahima Sori has been a major figure in Muslim revisionist history. He appeared in a PBS documentary which was targeted to black audiences. Unfortunately for them, Abdul Rahman was actually a racist who boasted that “not a drop of Negro blood runs in his veins. He places the Negro on a scale of being infinitely below the Moor.”

He was notorious for his abuse of slaves. A letter mentions that, “M. Foster actually made him manager of the plantation, had continually to keep an eye upon him and to curb his sanguinary temper to prevent him from exercising cruelty on his fellow servants.”

Abdul Rahman, by his own account, was a Muslim Moor sold into slavery by the Africans he had been attacking. He was a violent racist who despised Africans and abused the slaves under his power.

The parallel with Estevanico’s abuse of the native population is striking.

However much of what we know about Abdul Rahman came from his own mythmaking. It’s quite likely that he was never a prince of anything. Like Estevanico, he may have just been a talented con artist who was good at raising money by telling stories.

And during his grand tour of America, he promised to introduce Christianity to Africa.

As Muslim role models go, Abdul Rahman manages to be even worse than Estevanico. Manseau leaves all these details out because they change the narrative. Neither of his Muslim role models appears to have been particularly Muslim. Both casually dabbled in Christianity when it suited them.

But Manseau goes on. “Among the enslaved Muslims in North Carolina was a religious teacher named Omar ibn Said. Recaptured in 1810 after running away from a cruel master he called a kafir (an infidel), he became known for inscribing the walls of his jail cell with Arabic script. He wrote an account of his life in 1831, describing how in freedom he had loved to read the Quran, but in slavery his owners had converted him to Christianity.”

Manseau fails to mention that “Omar was regularly willing and able to reassure all visiting Christians that he was a true convert as he often wrote in Arabic what he called 'The Lord's Prayer' and the Twenty-Third Psalm.” Or “Prince Moro’s” eager wish that "Mohamedans may receive the gospel." Not to mention Omar’s autobiography in which he wrote that, “When I was a Mohammedan I prayed thus… But now I pray “Our Father”, etc., in the words of our Lord Jesus the Messiah.”

Manseau’s description of Omar’s autobiography is blatantly dishonest. As with Estevanico and Abdul Rahman, he has to leave out basic facts of the lives of these “Muslims” to accommodate his agenda. But Manseau is following in the footsteps of other revisionist historians who insisted that Omar’s copying of material from the Koran in an Arabic he had mostly forgotten proved his commitment to Islam.

The basic fact he has to leave out is that Omar described himself as a devout Christian. His other two “Muslims” consist of a man who promised to bring Christianity to Africa and another who played a shaman when he wasn’t making crosses.

The deceits of Peter Manseau and the New York Times, which never bothers fact checking even the wildest Muslim claims, are in their own way every bit as dishonest as Erdogan’s Cuban mosque. The difference is that they have the protective coloration of academia and journalism. Their dishonesty is more sedate and buried under protective layers of omissions and distortions.

Revisionist Muslim histories of America should be rejected, whether they come from Erdogan or the New York Times, because they are built on lies. And a history built on lies cannot stand.

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1 posted on 02/16/2015 8:21:36 PM PST by Louis Foxwell
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2 posted on 02/16/2015 8:22:25 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

This is just another example how Islamic culture crumbles when forced to confront the reality of Western civilization and modernity. Islam is simply not compatible with the scientific and social advances, values and practices of the West. They confabulate and become violent, but they don’t produce.

3 posted on 02/16/2015 8:28:01 PM PST by allendale
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To: Louis Foxwell

The yellow muckraking of the NYT is notorious among the educated. Progressive illiterati not so much.

4 posted on 02/16/2015 8:30:55 PM PST by Louis Foxwell (This is a wake up call. Join the Sultan Knish ping list.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Truth is that muzzies have never contributed much of anything.

This is from 2006:

Comparison of Arab and Jewish Nobel Prize Winners

6 - From a pool of 1.4 BILLION Muslims which are 20% of the world’s population (2 out of every 10 people)*, **

165 - From a pool of 12 million Jews which are 0.2% of the World’s Population (2 out of every 1,000 people)

*this includes Yasser Arafat, a terrorist, who was awarded the prize.
** barack Hussein Obama winning one could possibly be included with the muzzies. :>(

5 posted on 02/16/2015 8:35:11 PM PST by boycott
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To: boycott

The Nobel Peace Prize has come to be relatively meaningless, as many of the recent recipients have ANYTHING but “peace” on their minds as they go about fomenting unrest and destruction around the planet. Some were not effective in bringing peace in any meaningful manner, and others were outright frauds, and the prize was awarded in collusion with the fraud.

6 posted on 02/16/2015 8:50:11 PM PST by alloysteel (It isn't science, it's law. Rational thought does not apply.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

Perhaps Muslims really were here before the arrival of Columbus. If so they apparently killed themselves off before they made any lasting impression.

7 posted on 02/16/2015 8:55:48 PM PST by clearcarbon
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To: alloysteel

Agree. The Nobel prize now is just liberal PC silliness now.

8 posted on 02/16/2015 9:07:58 PM PST by boycott
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To: Louis Foxwell

Estevanico was seen for the charlatan he was and killed by the Zuni. None of his Muslim beliefs survived him.

9 posted on 02/16/2015 9:09:14 PM PST by JimSEA
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To: Louis Foxwell

I fail to understand the acceptance of the idea that a few random Muslims, or even “thousands” of them, here centuries ago, amounts to a significant presence in America or claim to it . All kinds of people have come through here, with both more significant numbers and a more significant influence.

10 posted on 02/16/2015 9:14:15 PM PST by Southside_Chicago_Republican (If liberty means anything at all, it means the right to tell people what they do not want to hear.)
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To: Louis Foxwell

I guess that’s why they have to kill the infidel kufar, their lies won’t stand unless we are are all dead.

11 posted on 02/16/2015 9:18:13 PM PST by Fred Nerks (Fair Dinkum!)
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To: Louis Foxwell

I had heard about these fellows as a history major in college but they were presented as sly rogues. I guess the PC police have cleaned them up.

12 posted on 02/17/2015 4:25:37 AM PST by arthurus (it's true!)
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To: Louis Foxwell

13 posted on 02/17/2015 4:27:15 AM PST by Travis McGee (
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To: allendale

Islam spreads violently when Islam has the resources to support jihad. Those resources always come from outside of the Moslem world because Moslem societies are subsistence societies. There is no incentive for the population to produce more than enough to live from day to day. The sultan/bey/emir/dey expropriates anything they produce above that which is sufficient to not starve. Raiding and conquest provided the wherewithal for jihad in past times. Oil money and foreign aid fuel it now.

14 posted on 02/17/2015 4:29:59 AM PST by arthurus (it's true!)
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To: boycott

In the future he will be, perhaps the near future. I kind of expect him to announce that he is Moslem before the end of his Constitutional term of office or just after.

15 posted on 02/17/2015 4:32:21 AM PST by arthurus (it's true!)
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...may be laughable, Muslim historical revisionism has taken root in academia. It can be found in PBS broadcasts and in a recent New York Times piece. In the New Y