Surprising Facts About the Crusades

The following is excerpted from an article by Raymond Ibrahim, former Reference Assistant at the Near East Section of the Library of Congress and Associate Director of the Middle East Forum (read the whole article here):

A mere decade after the birth of Islam in the 7th century, the jihad burst out of Arabia. Leaving aside all the thousands of miles of ancient lands and civilizations that were permanently conquered—including Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia, Libya, Egypt, Syria, Iraq, Iran, and parts of India and China—much of Europe was also, at one time or another, conquered by the sword of Islam.

Among other nations and territories that were attacked and/or came under Muslim domination are (to give them their modern names in no particular order): Portugal, Spain, France, Italy, Sicily, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Greece, Russia, Poland, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Lithuania, Romania, Albania, Serbia, Armenia, Georgia, Crete, Cyprus, Croatia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Macedonia, Belarus, Malta, Sardinia, Moldova, Slovakia, and Montenegro.

In 846 Rome was sacked and the Vatican defiled by Muslim Arab raiders; some 600 years later, in 1453, Christendom’s other great basilica, Holy Wisdom (or Hagia Sophia) was conquered by Muslim Turks, permanently. (Till this day, Turkish Muslims celebrate the sack of Constantinople, which saw much rapine and slaughter.)

The few European regions that escaped direct Islamic occupation due to their northwest remoteness include Great Britain, Scandinavia, and Germany. That, of course, does not mean that they were not attacked by Islam. Indeed, in the furthest northwest of Europe, in Iceland, Christians used to pray that God save them from the “terror of the Turk.” This was not mere paranoia; as late as 1627, Muslim corsairs raided the northern Christian island seizing four hundred captives and selling them in the slave markets of Algiers.

Nor did America escape. A few years after the formation of the United States, in 1800, American trading ships in the Mediterranean were plundered and their sailors enslaved by Muslim corsairs. The ambassador of Tripoli explained to Thomas Jefferson that it was a Muslim’s “right and duty to make war upon them [non-Muslims] wherever they could be found, and to enslave as many as they could take as prisoners.”

In short, for roughly one millennium—punctuated by a Crusader-rebuttal that the modern West is obsessed with demonizing—Islam daily posed an existential threat to Christian Europe and by extension Western civilization.

And therein lies the rub: Today, whether as taught in high school or graduate school, whether as portrayed by Hollywood or the news media, the predominant historic narrative is that Muslims are the historic “victims” of “intolerant” Western Christians. (Watch my response to a Fox News host wondering why Christians have always persecuted Muslims.)

So here we are, paying the price of being an ahistorical society: A few years after the Islamic strikes of 9/11—merely the latest in the centuries-long, continents-wide jihad on the West—Americans elected (twice) a man with a Muslim name and heritage for president; a man who condemns the Crusades while openly empowering the same Islamic ideology that Christian warriors fought for centuries.

Surely the United States’ European forebears—who at one time or another either fought off or were conquered by Islam—must be turning in their graves.

But all this is history, you say? Why rehash it? Why not let it be and move on, begin a new chapter of mutual tolerance and respect, even if history must be “touched up” a bit?

This would be a somewhat plausible position—if not for the fact that, all around the globe, Muslims are still exhibiting the same imperial impulse and intolerant supremacism that their conquering forbears did. The only difference is that the Muslim world is currently incapable of defeating the West through a conventional war.

Yet this may not even be necessary. Thanks to the West’s ignorance of history, Muslims are flooding Europe under the guise of “immigration,” refusing to assimilate, and forming enclaves which in modern parlance are called “ghettoes” but in Islamic terminology are the ribat—frontier posts where the jihad is waged on the infidel, one way or the other.

All this leads to another, perhaps even more important point: If the true history of the West and Islam is being turned upside its head, what other historical “orthodoxies” being peddled around as truth are also false?

Were the Dark Ages truly benighted because of the “suffocating” forces of Christianity? Or were these dark ages—which “coincidentally” occurred during the same centuries when jihad was constantly harrying Europe—a product of another suffocating “religion”? Was the Spanish Inquisition a reflection of Christian barbarism or was it at least partially a reflection of Christian desperation vis-à-vis the many Muslims who, while claiming to have converted to Christianity, were practicing taqiyya and living as moles trying to subvert the Christian nation back to Islam?

Don’t expect to get true answers to these and other questions from the makers, guardians, and disseminators of the West’s fabricated epistemology.

In the future (whatever one there may be) the histories written about our times will likely stress how our era, ironically called the “information age,” was not an age when people were so well informed, but rather an age when disinformation was so widespread and unquestioned that generations of people lived in bubbles of alternate realities—till they were finally popped.

Read the whole article here: The True History of Christendom and Islam.


  1. The last paragraph of this brilliant article is poignant in it's clarity and can best sum up the last few decades of infidel "head in the sand" meandering.

    In my attempts to educate the ignorant about Islam/Sharia I am constantly frustrated by the abject poverty of knowledge that exists in the West and in particular, America.

    Ignorance of this most dangerous threat to civilization is self-imposed, and in an age where facts and figures are so easily at one's fingertips, in unforgivable.

    Obama's latest trickery is concentrated on smothering the great freedom of the internet with more of his Muslim and racially inspired head-fakes that no longer fool anyone except those who enjoy that state of mind.

    We will soon learn of the extent of his plan to make the internet "neutral", and you can be assured that his personal beliefs, racial revenge and religious mis-direction will be promoted and enhanced at the expense of truth, creativity,
    Christianity, freedom of expression and the entrepreneurial spirit.

    And, an estimated 12-15 billion in added taxes on the "middle class" will go to further line the pockets of those figments of his hate-mongering expertise.

    The late, great Paul Harvey once said that Muslims and Baptists pretty much want the same things, the difference being what they will do to enforce their

  2. I don't know if Americans are any more ignorant of Islam than anybody else in the world. I have been amazed to find out from people in India that most people there, of all places, don't know much about Islam! Do Chinese people know much about Islam? I doubt it. Even the Europeans, who have 50 million Muslims living among them, are largely ignorant about what Islam actually teaches. It is an amazing global phenomenon. In fact, most MUSLIMS I've met know very little about Islamic doctrine!

  3. New research has shown that North Africa was not really conquered in the way described, because it was already non-trinitarian Charistian. It was more a case of gradual conversion to the new version pushed by the Baghdad caliphate 200 years after the death of the prophet.

  4. what new research Pierre? You can't just make a statement like that debunking previously accepted history without providing a source...

  5. The Crusades
    The Response To 461 Years Of Islamic Aggression

    The Greeks were the eastern Roman Empire. They suffered attacks from Muslims for 461 years before the defensive Crusades (1095-1291) when Christian Europe came to their aid. This has been followed by 725 more years of #Jihad to this very day.

    The Crusades were over long before the reformation. All European military endeavors after 1291 involving Islam were defensive. The 14th century Renaissance had more to do with the inward direction that Europe took than the reformation. The Renaissance began in Florence with the arrival of the Greek intelligentsia fleeing the Muslim conquest of their empire. If the Catholic Holy Roman Empire, Catholic Holy League, Catholic Poland, Catholic Spain, Catholic Austria or Orthodox Russia did not resist the continuous Muslim invasions, today the language of Europe would be Turkic or Arabic and all communications would contain brainwashed praises to Allah and the Prophet. The reformation finally reached a logical conclusion when Europe became completely secularized. Then just last year the million-man Hijrah invasion began. Today Islam has a better chance to conquer Europe than the 16th century army of Sultan Suleyman.