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ISLAMíS IMPACT ON THE WESTíS IDENTITY-The ugly truth
Frontpagemagazine ^ | June 1, 2018 | Raymond Ibrahim

Posted on 06/01/2018 5:59:33 AM PDT by SJackson

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center.

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What role if any did Islam play in shaping Europe’s identity, both in the past and the present?

Akbar Ahmed, Chair of Islamic Studies at American University, Washington, DC, and author of the new book, Journey into Europe: Islam, Immigration, and Identity, claims that Islam had a largely positive impact on Europe’s identity (including by invoking the Myth of the Andalusian Paradise).

Thus, any European suspicion or rejection of Muslim migrants is wholly unwarranted.  As Ahmed elaborates in a recent article:

To understand what is happening in European politics and society today, it is necessary to understand European identity, which can be interpreted in three distinct categories-primordial identity, predator identity, and pluralist identity.  Primordial identity emphasizes one’s unique culture and traditions, and predator identity indicates the aggressive, even militaristic lengths that people will resort to in order to protect their identity. Predator identity can be triggered due to perceived threats including globalization, unemployment, economic instability, and the greed and failure of elites. Add the presence of immigrants, and a society can move in extreme and bloody directions which challenge the very notion of a modern democracy.

Note that for Ahmed, Europe’s “predator identity” is only “triggered due to perceived threats”—as if Islam never posed any real threat.

As is often the case whenever the sophists apologize for Islam and blame the West, reality is the exact opposite.  Both past and present, Islam’s own well documented “predator identity”—which manifested itself in centuries of jihad and atrocities—was and is responsible for the “militaristic lengths that [non-Muslim] people will resort to in order to protect their identity.”

Hence the irony: yes, Europe’s identity is largely a byproduct of Islam—but hardly in the way the apologists claim: “If we … ask ourselves how and when the modern notion of Europe and the European identity was born,” writes historian Franco Cardini, “we realize the extent to which Islam was a factor (albeit a negative one) in its creation.  Repeated Muslim aggression against Europe between the seventh to eighth centuries, then between the fourteenth and the eighteenth centuries … was a ‘violent midwife’ to Europe.”

By way of examples, he cites “Turkish Sultan Mohammed II [r.1451-1481] and Suleiman the Magnificent [r.1520-1566],” under whose reigns hundreds of thousands of Europeans were slaughtered and much more enslaved, always in the name of jihad: they “forc[ed] the continent to defend itself and to find ways and means of concerted action, encouraged it towards a stronger sense of self—and strong sense of ‘the Other.’”

Similarly, after summarizing centuries of Islamic invasions, Bernard Lewis writes, “Thus, at both its eastern and southwestern extremities, the limits and in a sense even the identity of Europe were established through first the advance, and then the retreat, of Islam.”

It is, incidentally, for this reason that tiny Europe’s self-identity did not revolve around ethnicity or language—hence why such a small corner of the Eurasian landmass (Europe) still houses dozens of both, some widely divergent, while much larger landmasses are homogenous—but rather religion: it was the last and most redoubtable bastion of Christendom not to be conquered by Islam. 

This becomes evident when one understands that the West is actually the westernmost remnant of what was a much more extensive civilizational block that Islam permanently severed.  As documented in my new book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West, nonstop jihad and terror saw three-quarters of the post-Roman Christian world become Islamic, leaving the remaining quarter—Europe proper—in a permanent state of embattlement.  

Moving to the present, the war has taken a different form—one partially built on presenting the antithesis of the true history between Islam and the West—that is, through dissembling.   While millions of Muslim migrants, many of whom exhibit that old Islamic hostility and contempt for the infidel, are brought into Europe, those Europeans who try to resist the takeover are counseled not to be “triggered due to perceived threats.”

Thus Ahmed’s article, “Italy must remember its pluralist past,” is dedicated to convincing Italians to be even more welcoming of Muslim migrants, “without reviving a predator identity that led to destruction on a catastrophic scale in the last century. They must act before it is too late.”

Whatever was “catastrophic” about the last century has no applicability to the question of welcoming a flood of hostile, unassimilable Muslim migrants.

If we’re going to evoke the past in the context of prompting Europeans to “act before it is too late,” the truth of what Muslims have done in and to Italy and the rest of Europe is what was and continues to be responsible for, to quote Ahmed’s own words, the “militaristic lengths that [Europeans] people will resort to in order to protect their identity.”


TOPICS: Editorial; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: ibrahim; islam; thewest; westerncivilization
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1 posted on 06/01/2018 5:59:33 AM PDT by SJackson
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About the only period of time the Religion of Peace didn't have predatory ambitions toward Europe and Europeans was before there was a Religion of Peace.

2 posted on 06/01/2018 6:01:03 AM PDT by SJackson (The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement)
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The only correct answer to islam is eradication of islam. If that requires genocide of most islamic peoples, then so be it. Just like a rabid dog is destroyed before it can spread the disease all islamics have to be destroyed


3 posted on 06/01/2018 6:08:19 AM PDT by John O (God Save America (Please))
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To: SJackson

Exacty.

Islam is a religion of conquest and enslavement.

It only stopped when the West (Europe) made it stop through military force.

That is the “catastrophe” referred to in the book.


4 posted on 06/01/2018 6:08:40 AM PDT by marktwain (President Trump and his supporters are the Resistance. His opponents are the Reactionaries.)
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To: SJackson

Europe suffered the irreplaceable loss of its best virile genes between 1914-1945. The effect is manifested in the sad state of today’s EU. Germany and Britain are led by bizarre women. France by a childless man who marries a barren woman old enough to be his mother. The EU is unwilling to defend its borders or its culture. They can’t even procreate. Massive migration from impoverished Muslims who are psychologically dependent on their alien religion was inevitable. The majority of the endemic Europeans meekly accept and even celebrate their arrival.


5 posted on 06/01/2018 6:09:09 AM PDT by allendale (.)
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To: SJackson
Thus, any European suspicion or rejection of Muslim migrants is wholly unwarranted.

Rejection of muslim migrants is warranted because mohammedanism is incompatible with, conflicts with, and rejects Western values in the present, and wants to replace them with anti-reason and anti-reality values.

6 posted on 06/01/2018 6:12:52 AM PDT by mjp ((pro-{God, reality, reason, egoism, individualism, natural rights, limited government, capitalism}))
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To: SJackson

Great article. Thanks for posting. HOORAY Raymond Ibrahim!


7 posted on 06/01/2018 6:18:47 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: SJackson

Great article. Thanks for posting. HOORAY Raymond Ibrahim!


8 posted on 06/01/2018 6:19:04 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: SJackson

it is because of Islam that Europe went on to colonize Asia and the Americas and Australia — they were first lookign for a way to bypass the Turks and go to India.


9 posted on 06/01/2018 6:20:45 AM PDT by Cronos (Obama's dislike of Assad is not based on his brutality but that he isn't a jihadi Moslem)
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To: All

Comments BUMP!


10 posted on 06/01/2018 6:21:56 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: SJackson

This guy obviously had his eyes closed on 9/11.


11 posted on 06/01/2018 6:40:00 AM PDT by Jack Hammer
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12 posted on 06/01/2018 6:45:59 AM PDT by C210N (Republicans sign check fronts; 'Rats sign check backs.)
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To: marktwain

Islam. When worshipping Satan just isn’t evil enough.


13 posted on 06/01/2018 7:29:46 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped)
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To: SJackson

Well, there are a few nice buildings in Palermo that were built by muzzies. But, in photos I have of 19th century Sicily, you can still see Italian women in burka-like clothing. The best thing they did, perhaps, was bring some interesting plants, herbs and spices to the west.


14 posted on 06/01/2018 7:40:07 AM PDT by miss marmelstein
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To: SJackson

The “militaristic lengths” that European people should resort to in order to protect their identity is to kill every Moslem in Europe!


15 posted on 06/01/2018 9:07:53 AM PDT by Taxman
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To: SJackson

bump


16 posted on 06/01/2018 11:09:25 AM PDT by Albion Wilde (We're even doing the right thing for them. They just don't know it yet. --Donald Trump, CPAC '18)
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To: SJackson

Except for Poland and Hungary, Europe has lost its soul. It doesn’t know who the hell it is. So naturally, *slam rushed in to fill the void, raping, burning and killing in the process.
Happy ramadamadingdong.


17 posted on 06/01/2018 11:36:33 AM PDT by I want the USA back (Leftism is an elaborate system for hiding shame behind a cheap mash of virtue. -Klavan.)
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To: marktwain; John O
Yes, though you have to remember John Sobieski at Vienna in the East. Then there's the south, the attacks in Italy and the Vatican were raids. And then there's the Emirate of Sicily, which ruled for two centuries, thrown out by Europeans. And then there's the Levant, once Christian governed. I could add today's Turkey. And North Africa. All conquest with the intent of religious conquest or enslavement.

I thought I'd just expand the European thing, but enough, I'm not going into sub Saharian Africa. And the far east, the pacific islands. A lot of conquest.

And now, North America

18 posted on 06/01/2018 4:19:40 PM PDT by SJackson (The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement)
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To: I want the USA back

Yes, though though there’s more resistance than just Poland and Hungary. People being more mobile than in 17th century, I suspect there’s plenty of resistance below the surface of the media


19 posted on 06/01/2018 4:21:57 PM PDT by SJackson (The easiest way to find something lost around the house is to buy a replacement)
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To: All

Islam wants the death of The West.


20 posted on 06/01/2018 4:48:42 PM PDT by Architect of Avalon
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