Eliminating History: Part of the Islamic Agenda

Eliminating the remnants of the Jahiliyya, pre-Islamic times, and removing the evidence of genocide:

Can there be a world without history? Militant Islamists think so

Since the end of World War II, we have not seen deliberate assaults on historic landmarks that we see today. Both sides wantonly destroyed cities with their great historic architecture, but history was not their real target.History is the target today. The Afghan’s Taliban government deliberately blew up statues of the Buddha in Bamiyan because “they weren’t Muslim.” In the Middle East, Africa, and Pakistan, Islamists are targeting churches for destruction, something not seen since the original days of Islam. In Chad, ancient Muslim shrines are being destroyed because fanatics consider them idolatrous. And once more, Islamists are seriously proposing destroying the Egyptian Pyramids.The following is only a short list of Islam’s war on history, in the past and today:• Hindu temples in medieval India.

• Mamluks using the Great Sphinx of Egypt for target practice.

• Turkish destruction of churches in northern Cyprus since 1974.

• Saudi destruction of antiquities in Mecca since the 1990s.

• Palestinians sacking the Tomb of Joseph in 2000.

• Taliban destruction of the Bamiyan Buddha in 2001.

• Al Qaeda bombing Ghriba synagogue in Tunisia in 2002.

• The pillaging of the Iraqi museums, libraries, and archives in 2003.

• Destruction of an historic Malaysian Hindu temple in 2006.

• Destruction of L’Institut d’Egypte in 2011.

• Destruction of 15th century Sufi tombs in Timbuktu, ongoing today.

• Nigerian Islamists destroying all vestiges of Christian churches today.

Our civilization rests on history. The ancient Greeks were the first to elevate history above the myths and glorification of heroes and kings. Under their civilization, history became a scholarly discipline. The Hebrew bible, the other great pillar of Western civilization, unflinchingly retraces the history of a people from primitive pagans to the awareness of the personal conscience and social responsibility. Christianity, a continuation of Jewish vision, made no attempt to wipe out their heritage from its Jewish roots (the Bible) or to distance themselves from the treasures of pagan Greek and Roman antiquity. They saw their pre-Christian history and art treasures as essential to their identity as western civilization.

Islam, however, diverges from the pattern of reverence for history. Because the Prophet Mohammad’s monotheism was alien to ancient Arab polytheism, he declared that everything before his time was jahilia (ignorance). What might have been a passing phase in Islam’s history became, instead, a continuing pattern that has revived today.

During centuries of Islamic conquests, a major thrust was to extirpate every other civilization’s history. Millions of Muslim converts (once Christians, Jews, Hindus, Persians, Turks, Malays, Indonesians) lost their histories. All they revere is Islam’s history, which they believe is documented in the holy books of Islam: the Koran, Hadith, and Sharia, works that have never faced the skeptical probing of history.

The Muslim conquest of North Africa quickly wiped out or forcibly converted a huge population of Christians and Jews, destroying most of that civilization’s cities, irrigation systems, and terraced vineyards and agriculture, a thousand years of history and accomplishment buried under the sand.

As Arab Islam conquered Egypt and Persia, they defaced ancient monuments—destruction that can be seen even today. One of the Prophet Mohammad’s “companions” even contemplated dismantling the pyramids, but did not have the technology to carry it out. Today, alas, they do, and they may do so. One again, Islamists are seriously urging that the pyramids be blown up, and the new Muslim Brotherhood president of Egypt is ominously mum on this topic.

The Muslim Brotherhood won this election, promising to rescue Egypt’s miserable economy. But if they destroy the golden goose, the pyramids that have brought them tourists for several thousand years, how will that rescue the economy? Islamists also want to reinstate the extortion that they call the jizya, a tax on “nonbelievers.”  This is, of course, denying equal citizenship to Egypt’s Christians, the Copts, who represent important business skills. [See Joel Brinkley: “Egypt’s leader stays mum as extremists get louder,” San Francisco Chronicle, July 22, 2012.]

And what has this disregard for history given them? Jahilia.


Dr. Laina Farhat-Holzman is a historian, lecturer, and author of Worldchangers: Ten Inventions that Changed Everything. You may contact her at Lfarhat102@aol.com or www.globalthink.net–Posted: Friday, Aug 10th, 2012

3 thoughts on “Eliminating History: Part of the Islamic Agenda”

  1. For those who can think and who understand at least a little history, the similarities between the monster unleashed by Stalin and Islam are of concern at the very least.

  2. It is important to keep to keep books of our history do not relay on dig media the written word is the most important hold on to it when we have to rebuild we will need it
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  3. Who Really Killed the Pax Romana?

    Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited:
    The History of a Controversy
    by Emmet Scott

    via GoV

    Throughout the coastal areas surrounding the Mediterranean Sea, archaeologists have uncovered a layer of subsoil that was deposited over a period of three hundred years beginning in the middle of the seventh century AD.

    This stratum, named the “Younger Fill” by the geologist Claudio Vita-Finzi, covers the ruins of all the major cities and settlements that were established along the Mediterranean littoral during classical antiquity. It stands as a coda to Graeco-Roman civilization. For three centuries after the year 650 the archaeology of the region is all but barren. Wastelands or severely diminished primitive settlements have replaced the formerly great cities of the Roman Empire and the Near East.

    One might surmise that the Younger Fill is the result of some yet unidentified climatic trauma that afflicted the entire Mediterranean basin. However, the same phenomenon has been observed in an entirely different watershed: Mesopotamia, the land drained by the Tigris and Euphrates in what is now Iraq, and also including the coastal regions adjoining the Persian Gulf.

    During the same period — from the middle of the seventh century until the middle of the tenth — archaeology in the entirety of Europe and the Middle East virtually disappears. This civilizational interruption might be thought a result of the Dark Ages in Europe, except for the fact that it includes areas of the Middle East which were never part of the Roman Empire, and where advanced cultures independent of Rome and Greece had flourished.

    What all these areas have in common, of course, is that they were conquered by the Arabs during the initial period of Islamic expansion, when the Near East, North Africa, and Iberia were subjugated within the space of less than a century.

    Islam came to the Mediterranean and left as its principal legacy the Younger Fill.

    * * * * * * * * * * * * * * *

    The idea that Islam was the primary cause for the end of classical civilization has been out of favor for the last eighty years or so, ever since the Belgian historian Henri Pirenne first proposed it in his ground-breaking book Mohammed and Charlemagne.

    In Pirenne’s time it was commonly understood — and still is — that the end of civilization began in the fifth century with the fall of Rome and the barbarian invasions, a full two hundred years before the legions of Mohammed raged across the eastern and southern littorals of the Mediterranean. According to the scholarly consensus, Roman civilization was already moribund by the time the Arabs arrived on the scene, and the Islamic incursion simply tipped the last vestiges of it into oblivion.

    Using recent archaeological data, Pirenne concluded that classical civilization did not end in the fifth century, but rather in the seventh, when the fragments of the later Roman Empire were overrun by the Arab invaders. The Islamic predators terminated civilization wherever they encountered it, in whatever form it happened to take.

    This thesis was not well-received in its time. It was relegated to the fringe, where it has remained ever since. In the politically correct 21st century, which extols the grandeur of the “Golden Age of Islam in Iberia”, Pirenne’s stock can only decline further. Our degraded culture is not receptive to the idea that it was Islam, rather than the Germanic barbarians, that destroyed the culture and civilization of Rome.

    What happened to Pirenne in the 1920s and 1930s, however, reminds us that politically correct notions about Islam did not originate in the late twentieth century. The myth of al-Andalus was firmly established in the nineteenth century by British and German scholars, who discovered in Islam the “saviors of classical knowledge”. By the time of the Great War these ideas were firmly entrenched, so that Pirenne faced an uphill battle in his attempts to propagate an alternative theory.

    Fortunately for his modern admirers, a wealth of additional archaeological data has accumulated in the eight decades since Pirenne first published his analysis. More recent evidence not only corroborates Pirenne’s assertions, it demonstrates conclusively that no other explanation can reasonably be adduced: the Islamic invasions wrecked the agricultural systems of the Mediterranean basin, all but destroyed literacy, and brought down the vibrant, prosperous, and civilized successor states to the late Roman Empire in North Africa and Iberia.

    In writing Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy, Emmet Scott has published the most important piece of scholarship of this young century. The New English Review Press deserves great credit for making his book available to the general public.

    Mr. Scott describes in detail the magnitude of the destruction — much worse than most of us had previously thought — wrought by Islam on classical antiquity. Far from saving the works of the ancients, Islam all but annihilated them, even as it destroyed the advanced civilizations that created them.

    The destruction was both ideological and physical. When the Arab armies overran the Near East and North Africa, their heedless pastoral practices destroyed the topsoil, and thus the agriculture that sustained the wealthy economies of the region. By pillaging existing infrastructure and permitting complex irrigation systems to fall into ruin, they forced hardship and starvation upon what remained of the indigenous population. Hence the Younger Fill: the tangible evidence of what Arab culture brought to Mediterranean civilization.

    Islam also systematically destroyed the ideas that underlay classical learning, bringing into disrepute any corpus of knowledge that did not agree with the Koran and did not further the spread of Islam. Entire fields of knowledge were consigned to the dustbin, further guaranteeing the poverty and backwardness of the Islamic states that displaced their classical predecessors.

    Finally, Islamic piracy and predation brought sea trade in the Mediterranean to a virtual standstill. This was not only devastating to the economies of Europe, but it also halted the export of papyrus from Egypt to the rest of the region. The use of papyrus for written material was the major engine of widespread literacy in the Mediterranean. After the supply dried up, parchment proved to be scarce, expensive, and inadequate as a replacement.

    Thanks to Islam, the Mediterranean basin was transformed from a peaceful, literate, civilized culture into a violent, illiterate, and backward one — all in the space of a generation or so.

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    We’ll return to Emmet Scott’s crucial work later on, but first a brief detour is in order.

    Back in the late 1930s — long before Islam enjoyed a special status in official government policy — a federal employee, Dr. W. C. Lowdermilk, compiled an extensive survey of worldwide agricultural practices for the U. S. Department of Agriculture Soil Conservation Service. His paper, entitled “Conquest of the Land Through Seven Thousand Years”, was eventually published in February 1948.

    We must presume that even in 1948 the American government was fastidious about offending the sensibilities of Muslims, because Dr. Lowdermilk’s report on the destruction of agricultural resources in the Maghreb refers only to invading “nomads”, making no mention of Islam or Arabs.

    Still, his account of what happened to North Africa is clear: the “nomads”, through overgrazing and negligence, destroyed the agricultural basis of the regions they conquered. Every word corroborates the thesis that originated with Henri Pirenne and was extended by Emmet Scott:
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