The Islamic jihad against Christendom started before anyone ever heard of a Crusade, by Robert Spencer

A welcome bit of truth amid the enveloping propaganda.

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“Tracing the roots of Islamic jihad,” by James A. Lyons, Washington Times, March 10, 2016 (thanks to Jim):

In an earlier column in these pages, “Reforming Islam,” I documented the need for Islam to experience an internal reformation. This is not just a question of abstract theology but directly relates to how we defeat Islamic terrorism, and how we are viewed in the Muslim world.

For example, ISIS, the foremost terror threat in the world today, in its claim of responsibility for last year’s Paris attack condemned America and its allies as “crusader nations.” Osama bin Laden did likewise. Bin Laden railed against “Crusaders and U.N.” when President Bush used the “C-word” after 9/11. He was widely criticized for it and dropped it.

Use of “Crusades” and “Crusaders” as terms of abuse is clearly meant to stir up Muslim masses that they are under assault, not that we are defending ourselves against jihad. Perhaps more importantly, it is designed to evoke feelings of culpability and defeatism among guilty Western liberals, who are ashamed of Western civilization and indifferent at best to its survival. Not surprisingly, when President Obama addressed the National Prayer Breakfast last year on the issue of terrorism, he attempted to minimize the Islamic element of the Islamic State’s barbarity: “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

Let’s set the record straight. The Crusades were a series of wars launched by Western Europeans in the wake of devastating defeats inflicted on the Christian Byzantine Empire by the Seljuk Turks. The First Crusade was launched in 1096. It was the most successful one, capturing Jerusalem.

But the gains were only temporary, requiring the launch of repeated efforts to maintain the small feudal statelets carved out in the Holy Land. The last crusader stronghold, Acre in today’s Israel, fell in 1291.

All told, the Crusades occupied a brief period of just over two and one-half centuries. They were limited in scope and essentially were a counterattack, seeking to retake Christian lands earlier seized by the Muslims.

How do the Crusades compare to Islamic jihad? Following the death of Muhammad in 632, his successors, the caliphs — the same office ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi claims to have revived — began their unprovoked war of conquest against the Byzantines. Within a decade, the jihad had claimed then-Christian Egypt, Palestine, and Syria.

Muslim armies swept across North Africa and crossed over into Spain in 711, only to be finally stopped in France by Charles Martel, grandfather of Charlemagne, in 732. (At the same time, Muslim forces swept east, subduing Persia and reaching the frontiers of China.) Repeated assaults continued across the Mediterranean, including Arab sieges of Constantinople and conquest of Cyprus, Sicily, and Crete.

Motivated by Islamic jihad and lust for plunder and slaves — identical to today’s ISIS — not one of these assaults was defensive. These were not Muslim lands being liberated from occupation but Christian lands whose inhabitants experienced the horrors we see today in Syria, Iraq and now Libya with Israel waiting in the wings: amputations, beheadings, slavery and sex slavery (all of which are explicitly authorized by Allah in the Koran). When we see horrific videos of ISIS beheadings and the choosing of sex slaves, let’s remember it’s a scene repeated thousands of times before: in Jerusalem in 637, Egypt in 639, Spain in 711, and Constantinople in 1453. The only difference is that today there are cameras and instant worldwide communications.

The Islamic jihad against Christendom started more than four and a half centuries before anyone had even heard of a Crusade. The crusaders forced jihad into remission for a brief period from around 1100 to 1350, after which it resumed its full assault….

To sum up, aggressive Islamic jihad was launched against the Christians and lasted 450 years. For 250 years, Christian crusaders counterattacked. After that counterattack failed, renewed jihad lasted another 350 years….

COMMENTS

  1. Jay Boo says

    March 11, 2016 at 9:39 am

    Defenders of Islam like Ben Affleck point to the Crusades for their false equivalence to minimize and wash away Muslim atrocities.

    • Demsci says

      March 11, 2016 at 10:33 am

      yes, they do. It is hard to argue with them. For each argument you give, they give some “moral equivalent” “bad deed”” of us, like Crusades, WorldWar I + II, or the bad treatment of the slaves and indians.

      Once I said to Muslims and their helpers; OK, but at best you can only reach a draw, I can make sure of that at least”. Because I can just as well compare as you can.

      I went on to the Muslim: But look, according to you , Allah himself intervened. And did HE do that only so that Muslims could and would only be AVERAGE? Go never further than a draw with the Kuffars?

      That does not make sense, when God intervenes, HE must be aiming and seen to be WINNING, making a huge meaningful positive difference.

      But by God, whenever Muslims and helpers endeavour to show that through Islam God has given mankind a WINNING ideology and movement, our experts will make sure that that will be thoroughly dismissed too, in any honest discussion.

      If we cán’t win the argument, they can’t either. And so; What was Allah up to, anyway?

    • Panmelia says

      March 11, 2016 at 3:31 pm

      Please see the short video a number of comments below because it brings home how relentless jihad was for hundreds of years and how insignificant the Crusades were in comparison.

      It’s frightening.

  2. bask says

    March 11, 2016 at 9:45 am

    Islam had conquered 2/3 of Christianity when the reaction called Crusades started . 200 years of attempts to reconquer , cross- over, the jihad NO.Razzias, Jihad …,

  3. Jay Boo says

    March 11, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Obama said
    “Lest we get on our high horse and think this is unique to some other place, remember that during the Crusades and the Inquisition, people committed terrible deeds in the name of Christ.”

    Obama could have said terrible deeds In the name of Muhammad.
    if anything he says in the name of Islam so as not to specifically refer to Muhammad in a negative connotation. But with the name of Jesus he is very flippant and cavalier.
    Obama grovels at the mention of Muhammad’s name but refuses to show any respect for Christ.

  4. bask says

    March 11, 2016 at 10:00 am

    Today Byzantium would be the largest European city, probably the shining capital without religious fanaticism. Lebanon , Syria, Jordania..todos its inhabitants would live in peace, free and rich over by the power of oil. Look at the shit that made ​​him the Muslims ..

    • Dan says

      March 11, 2016 at 12:00 pm

      If Muslims had kept power all those centuries ago, oil wouldn’t be worth spit because they would never have come up with the combustion engine.

      We’d still be running camel caravans across the desert for salt.

  5. mortimer says

    March 11, 2016 at 10:06 am

    From 650 until the First Crusade in 1096, Muslims attacked Europe over 500 times, reaching central France and Poland before being repelled. Muslim attacks intensified on the two capitals of the Roman Empire, Byzantium and Rome. The Byzantine emperor begged the pope for help and the pope asked European kings to defend Constantinople, thus being the Crusades.

    The Crusades were counterjihads mounted after Christendom was raped and pillaged by Muslim savages.

  6. Randy says

    March 11, 2016 at 10:07 am

    The native Americans should start a crusade against the Christians who stole and occupy their lands to this day!!

    The Christians brought the false jesus to the americas

  7. Don Spilman says

    March 11, 2016 at 10:09 am

    Islam is a parasite, it cannot produce anything so it must live off of the hard work of civilized people. It is consuming vast amounts of goods and monies from Western Nations. It is the number one destroyer of wealth and civil progress to this day. It cannot feed itself and is so designed as to suck the life out of humankind. In order to survive there will be renewed “crusades”.

    • Spot On says

      March 11, 2016 at 10:28 am

      Islam is like some kind of deadly ancient fungi that keeps sprouting up. There has never been any way to completely wipe it out.

    • The Vilest of Creatures says

      March 11, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      and despite this, it is being constantly pushed by it’s followers to destroy the very world that feeds it and provides the technology, medicine and consumer goods it needs to survive. I believe that once Islam becomes supreme in the world, when all human beings are Muslims, the state of learning and ambition will be such that it will soon spell the end of mankind, as there will be no one with the know-how to defend against disease.

  8. Diane Harvey says

    March 11, 2016 at 10:12 am

    Another great read on the pre-Crusade jihad is The Crusades in Context, Paul Stenhouse (2007),

    http://answering-islam.org/Authors/Stenhouse/crusades.01.htm

    A sample,

    For the Christian states bordering the Mediterranean, it was a four-hundred and sixty-three year period of regular, disorganized [and occasionally organized] bloody incursions by Muslim mainly Arab and Berber land and sea forces. These came intent on booty – gold, silver, precious stones and slaves – on destroying churches, convents and shrines of the ‘infidels,’ and on the spread of politico-religious Islam throughout Europe from their bases in the Mediterranean and the Adriatic.

    At the time of Muhammad’s death there were flourishing Christian and Jewish communities in Arabia, and throughout the major centres of the Persian Empire. The whole of the Mediterranean world on its European, Asian and African sides, was predominantly Christian.

    It had taken only a few years for Muslim tribesmen from Arabia, inspired by Muhammad’s revelations and example, to invade the Eastern Roman or Byzantine Empire whose emperors devoted more time to religious disputation than to defending their empire. In 633 Mesopotamia fell. After a few years the entire Persian Empire fell to the marauding Arab tribesmen who drove the young Persian emperor Yazdagird into the farthest reaches of his empire, to Sogdiana [Uzbekistan], where he was eventually murdered by his Tartar bodyguard in a miller’s hut.

    Damascus fell in 635, and Jerusalem capitulated five years after Muhammad died, in February 638.

    The fall of Alexandria in 643 sounded the death knell of more than thousand years of Hellenic civilization that once enriched the whole of the Near East with its scholarship and culture. Henri Daniel-Rops claims that from the point of view of the history of civilization, Alexandria’s fall was as significant as the fall of Constantinople to the Turks eight-hundred years later.[4]

    Cyprus fell in 648-9 and Rhodes in 653. By 698 the whole of North Africa was lost.

    • eduardo odraude says

      March 11, 2016 at 11:22 am

      Great video. Warner was a professor of physics (University of Tennessee?) until he retired and started studying Islamic texts and criticizing Islamic doctrine..

  9. eduardo odraude says

    March 11, 2016 at 11:18 am

    Bernard Lewis says Jihad is an unlimited offensive to bring the whole world under Islamic law; Christian crusades a defensive, limited response to, and imitation of, jihad

    From pp.233-234 of The Middle East: A Brief History of the Last 2000 Years:

    Even the Christian crusade, often compared with the Muslim jihad, was itself a delayed and limited response to the jihad and in part also an imitation. But unlike the jihad it was concerned primarily with the defense or reconquest of threatened or lost Christian territory…The Muslim jihad, in contrast, was perceived [by Muslims] as unlimited, as a religious obligation that would continue until all the world had either adopted the Muslim faith or submitted to Muslim rule.… The object of jihad is to bring the whole world under Islamic law.

  10. Rob says

    March 11, 2016 at 12:13 pm

    Two dates:
    732 – defeat of Muslims at Tours (by Charles Martel)
    1096 – First Crusade.
    360+ years to crank up a response to the high point of Muslim incursion into Western Europe.

  11. rara says

    March 11, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    “After that counterattack failed, renewed jihad lasted another 350 years.”

    Actually Ottoman Caliphate lasted until 1924, and only a decade before some parts of Europe were still under its control. The Europe had the privilege to be less affected by Islam only during less than last 100 years: Kosovo Albanian Muslims started to make visible problems in 1980-es, in 1990-es Bosnian Muslims fought against their Christian countrymen, receiving the help of internationally organized Mujahideens.

    Turkey had the luck to have secularly oriented rulers, but that also changed in 2002.

  12. Angemon says

    March 11, 2016 at 1:00 pm

    Motivated by Islamic jihad and lust for plunder and slaves — identical to today’s ISIS — not one of these assaults was defensive. These were not Muslim lands being liberated from occupation but Christian lands whose inhabitants experienced the horrors we see today in Syria, Iraq and now Libya with Israel waiting in the wings: amputations, beheadings, slavery and sex slavery (all of which are explicitly authorized by Allah in the Koran). When we see horrific videos of ISIS beheadings and the choosing of sex slaves, let’s remember it’s a scene repeated thousands of times before: in Jerusalem in 637, Egypt in 639, Spain in 711, and Constantinople in 1453. The only difference is that today there are cameras and instant worldwide communications.

    Damn right.

  13. Charli Main says

    March 11, 2016 at 1:36 pm

    When Christian armies returned to Europe at the end of the First Crusade, the defence of the Kingdom of Jerusalem was left to some 300 mounted Knights. Including Sergeants, Squires and a handful of Turcopoles a total of around 2000 men to face off more than 5 million Muslims.
    Despite several further Crusades, loss of the Holy Land, for the second time, to the Muslims was only a matter of time.

  14. Jay Boo says

    March 11, 2016 at 1:37 pm

    There is nothing spiritual about Islam.
    72 virgin Islam is based on accumulation of the APPEARANCE of doing pious good deeds.
    Earning Allah brownie points by doing one’s Islamic DUTY and impressing neighbors with a contorted face prayer dance will grant Allah’s carnal lust favors.

    Christianity, in contrast says
    There is only one way,
    — you can’t earn it or get voted in by your neighbor.

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One Response to The Islamic jihad against Christendom started before anyone ever heard of a Crusade, by Robert Spencer

  1. θ says:

    (i) On the war of Mu’t’h the Bysantines initiate the war on Islam.
    (ii) Ethiopia or Abyssinia was the great kingdom of Christian. None of Moslems or Caliphs has ever called a Jihad against it for 1,400 years. Why?

    Territorial conquest prior to the Crusades has nothing to do with Christianity as religion, but it is just the long time to destroy the hegemony of worldly empires.

    Medieval Moslems can’t just say “no” when the oppressed invite them to help the people’s liberation from the empires. Early Jihadists were saviors and liberator of the weak and the poor, not the statesmen for caliphs
    Quran asks a Jihad’s liberation rhetoric.
    Q.4, v.75. And what is wrong with ye to not fight in the cause of Allah and on behalf of the oppressed among men, women, and children who say, Our Lord, take us out of this city of oppressive people, and appoint for us from Yourself a savior, and appoint for us from Yourself a helper?

    //en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battle_of_Mu%27tah
    The Battle of Mu’tah (Arabic: معركة مؤتة , غزوة مؤتة‎) was fought in September 629 C.E. (1 Jumada al-awwal 8 A.H.),[1] near the village of Mu’tah, east of the Jordan River and Karak in Karak Governorate, between the forces of the Islamic prophet, Muhammad and the forces of the Eastern Roman Empire.In Muslim histories, the battle is usually described as the Muslims’ attempt to take retribution against a Ghassanid chief for taking the life of an emissary. According to Byzantine sources, the Muslims planned to launch their attack on a feast day. The local Byzantine Vicarius learned of their plans and collected the garrisons of the fortresses. The Muslims were at first pushed back when three of their leaders were killed. The muslims then chose Khalid ibn waleed as their commander. The Muslims continued small scale fighting in Mutah and then Khalid ibn waleed changed the entire army position to make it look as if new troops had arrived from Mecca. He gave an entire battalion new banners to also make it seem as new troops had arrived. He also told his cavalry to go behind the hill at night and then in the morning to raise as much dust as possible to make it seem yet more troops were arriving. The Byzantines belived in these new troops arriving and thus withdrew. This gave the Muslims control of the battle field and they withdrew also. [7]

    Christians contradict themselves concerning the radicalism. They hate if Sharia Law is institutionalised into the Secular West, but in the foreign issue they allied themselves with the radicals and undemocratic regimes in time when Moslems resist them from trying to replace the Sharia Law of Moderate Moslems with their theocracy. If Christians were consistent, let them replace the Secularism in the West with Sharia Law firstly.

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