Whitewashing Muslim Imperialism

Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz Freedom Center, a Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow at the Middle East Forum and a CBN News contributor. He is the author of Crucified Again: Exposing Islam’s New War on Christians (2013) and The Al Qaeda Reader (2007). 


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Because it is now almost axiomatic for American school textbooks to whitewash all things Islamic (see here for example), it may be instructive to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests.

Few events of history are so well documented and attested to as are these conquests, which commenced soon after the death of the Muslim prophet Muhammad (632) and tapered off circa 750. Large swathes of the Old World—from the India in the east, to Spain in the west—were conquered and consolidated by the sword of Islam during this time, with more after (e.g., the Ottoman conquests).

By the standards of history, the reality of these conquests is unassailable, for history proper concerns itself with primary sources; and the Islamic conquests are thoroughly documented. More importantly, the overwhelming majority of primary source materials we rely on do not come from non-Muslims, who might be accused of bias. Rather, the foremost historians bequeathing to posterity thousands of pages of source materials documenting the Islamic conquests were not only Muslims themselves; they were—and still are—regarded by today’s Muslims as pious and trustworthy scholars (generically, the ulema).

Among the most authoritative books devoted to recounting the conquests are: Ibn Ishaq’s (d. 767) Sira (“Life of Muhammad”), the oldest biography of Muhammad; Waqidi’s (d. circa. 820) Maghazi (“Military Campaigns [of the Prophet]“); Baladhuri’s (d. 892) Futuh al-Buldan (“Conquests of the Nations”); and Tabari’s (d.923) multi-volumeTarikh al-Rusul wa al-Muluk, (“History of Prophets and Kings”), which is 40 volumes in the English translation.

Taken together, these accounts (which are primarily based on older accounts—oral and written—tracing back to Muhammad and his successors) provide what was once, and in the Muslim world still is, a famous story: that Allah had perfected religion (Islam) for all humanity; that he commanded his final prophet (Muhammad) and community (Muslims) to spread Islam to the world; and that the latter was/is to accept it either willingly or unwillingly (jihad).

It should be noted that contemporary non-Muslim accounts further validate the facts of the conquests. The writings of the Christian bishop of Jerusalem Sophronius (d.638), for instance, or the chronicles of the Byzantine historian Theophanes (d.758), to name a couple, make clear that Muslims conquered much of what is today called the “Muslim world.”

According to the Muslim historical tradition, the majority of non-Muslim peoples of the Old World, not desiring to submit to Islam or its laws (Sharia), fought back, though most were eventually defeated and subsumed.

The first major conquest, renowned for its brutality, occurred in Arabia itself, immediately after Muhammad’s death in 632. Many tribes which had only nominally accepted Islam’s authority, upon Muhammad’s death, figured they could break away; however, Muhammad’s successor and first caliph, or successor, Abu Bakr, would have none of that, and proclaimed a jihad against these apostates, known in Arabic as the “Ridda Wars” (or Apostasy Wars). According to the aforementioned historians, tens of thousands of Arabs were put to the sword until their tribes re-submitted to Islam.

The Ridda Wars ended around 634. To keep the Arab Muslims from quarreling, the next caliph, Omar, launched the Muslim conquests: Syria was conquered around 636, Egypt 641, Mesopotamia and the Persian Empire, 650. By the early 8th century, all of north Africa and Spain to the west, and the lands of central Asia and India to the east, were also brought under Islamic suzerainty.

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  • Ken

    The truth in their own words. This should be taught to Amreican students so they can see Muslim history in its entirety and not be indocrinated by the sanitized versions being used now. If the truth hurts, so be it!!

  • Ahmed sheashaa

    I see how biased u r against islam. You should be neutral and learn much more about islam coz u seem so ignorant.

    • aspacia

      LMFAO, Ahmed uses text messaging English "u r…coz…u" while using ignorant ad hom attacks against others.

      You are the fool, and do no know much about your faith.

    • dave

      Not at all! We USED to be ignorant about Islam, but unlike most westerners, we have studied Koran, Hadith and Sunna and see that we have been lied to about Islam. Most people have no idea about Mohammed and his life, how he personally beheaded 900 people, or that he married a 6 year old girl, Aisha. He is the perfect man? No he is not, he is a murderer and a peadophile.

    • Noah

      There is no bias in this article though the truths it has revealed are very bitter. Remove its violent, as well as terrorist, aspect and Islam will not last even half a generation.

      Fortunately, the world still has a few people of courage who are ready to portray Muslims in true light. God bless such brave men and women, the likes of Raymond Ibrahim.

    • Zionista

      Learn how to spell ignoramus – I learned everything I need to know about muslims on 9/11 while islamonazis danced in the streets across the world from their cess pools in Brooklyn to gaza.

    • Stephen_Brady

      I learned all that I need to know about Islam in the aftermath of the 1993 attack on the World Trade Center. I studied, I read, I talked to Muslims, and I learned. And yes, now I am biased against Islam.

      I will never submit …

      • ObamaYoMoma

        I talked to Muslims,

        Yeah right…I bet that really helped out. Amazing.

        • Western Canadian

          You really should READ a post, before you reply to it and make a total ass out of yourself. Oh, wait….. You making an ass out of yourself, is merely your normal routine.

          • ObamaYoMoma

            Uhm…I READ the post. What is so hilarious, since apparently you are too mentally handicapped to figure it out, is the notion that a Muslim would actually commit blasphemy by spilling his guts to a non-Muslim unbeliever. I mean how gullible can you moonbats be?

            I'd rather make an ass our of myself, if that's what you call making an ass out of yourself is, than demonstrate that I'm a mentally incompetent moron. But that's me.

          • aspacia

            Canadian, you attack the poster's character, not the claim which reveals that it is you who is the @$$.

          • NorthStar

            Obama Yo Mama attacks people's character all the time and lies while doing it. You're sticking up for the wrong troll here.

          • Western Canadian

            As you suffer from NPD, your juvi response is to be expected. One of the BEST ways to learn about islam, is to talk to its adherents. They will without exception, do a very poor job of trying to con you, and if you have ANY familiarity with the sick cult, you will realize a great deal about your muslim ‘friend’. They cannot be trusted. But you are too dim and ignorant to be aware of such things..,…

        • Stephen_Brady

          Actually, it did, numbskull. What I knew about Islam prior to 1993 was learned in a single course in Comparative Religions, in the late 1970s. What I learned after 1993 told me everything I needed to kow about Islam.

          Who's doing the internet stalking, by the way? …

    • ObamaYoMoma

      I know enough about Muslims. I mean look as the 57 Islamic states that comprise the OIC? How many of them are legit democracies where freedom, liberty, and human rights are intrinsic? The answer is zero. How many of them don't violently oppress and systematically persecute, when not outright slaughtering altogether, Christians and other non-Muslim unbelievers living as less than second-class dhimmi citizens in their draconian Islamic totalitarian hellholes? The answer is zero. Out of all the countries in the West and un-Islamic world, where mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage is occurring, that is really covert and deceptive jihad for the purpose of infiltration and stealth demographic conquest, point to all of those countries anywhere in the world where the vast overwhelming majority of the Muslim immigrants didn't flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and form Muslim enclaves that in time morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside. The answer again is zero.

      With all due disrespect, I think I know enough about Islam and Muslims. Thank you very much.

      • Western Canadian

        You demonstrate a habit of posting cut and paste boiler plate. Not impressive, in the least. And your efforts at original ‘though’, such as your jihad/terrorism drivel, demonstrates you do not think very often, or very well. You are a disgrace to this site.

        • Western Canadian

          Sorry, should be ‘thought’.

    • Ken

      You should learn to spell correctly before you start throwing labels and judgements out in a conveersation. Just saying.

      • Western Canadian

        “Out of all the countries in the West and un-Islamic world, where mass Muslim immigration with all of its excess baggage is occurring, that is really covert and deceptive jihad for the purpose of infiltration and stealth demographic conquest, point to all of those countries anywhere in the world where the vast overwhelming majority of the Muslim immigrants didn’t flat out refuse to assimilate and integrate and form Muslim enclaves that in time morph into Muslim no-go zones ruled by Sharia as fifth columns and in direct contravention to the laws of the states in which they reside.”

        Run on. A course in basic writing skills would be a good idea. And basic logic. And basic history. And rational thinking….. Nah, never happen.

        • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QpgiYe6LToc Roger

          Why is it that you attack them instead of trying to show they're wrong?

          When you mention basic history, why not consider the Byzantine Empire?
          When you mention rational thinking, why not consider Surah 9?

          9:29 Fight against such of those who have been given the Scripture as believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, and forbid not that which Allah hath forbidden by His messenger, and follow not the Religion of Truth, until they pay the tribute readily, being brought low.

    • SpiritOf1683

      We've learned enough about Islam over the last 1,400 years, and particularly over the last 33 years. Yoyu are the ignorant omne, and you belong in Pakistan and not the West. We are civilized only because we drove back the Muslim hordes in the aftermath of Tours, Vienna and Covadonga. Had we failed, we would havwe been at least 10 centuries behind where we are now. we would have believed in stupid superstitions, had no fun, art or culture, and would have been enclosing our women in hideous black sacks.

  • randy

    The native americans were almost wiped out by the christians. The left overs were rounded up and put on reserves.

    • aspacia

      Randy, so what. We have many sins, but so do many other peoples especially Islam.

    • dave

      Yes and don't we all now about it! The west has had to deal with post colonial guilt for a long time now and yes, our ancestors did some awful things. The point is that we accept that as part of our history, Muslims LIE about their violent past and have the nerve to portray themselves as todays victims and belonging to a 'religion of peace'. We need to stop obsessing about ourselves and learn about Islam. We all have blood on our hands.

      • dave

        sorry I meant 'know about it' !

    • Zionista

      You're a pathetic bore – can't stop repeating what some leftist hack professor told you in school – go hug some trees.

    • Chiggles

      "Reserves," eh? So you're Canadian. Bet you're not an Indin yourself, tho. They're not typically whiney-butts like you.

      • Western Canadian

        Even if he is a canadian, and I doubt it, i would appreciate you not asking, implying or stating that he is…. Use of the word ‘reserve’ or reservation is not proor of being a canadian… remember the lyrics to a song from decades ago ‘ they took the whole cherokee nation, (and) put us on this reservation”

        Actually, wherever he is from, he is just an ignorant, hate filled jerk.

        • Chiggles

          You may never read this as it's a week late but what is called a "reservation " in the US is called a "reserve" in Canada so I stand by my assumption.

    • Tychicus

      Yeah, right. The Native Indians were all a bunch of flower children, hugging trees, and being loving peace-niks before the bad evil Europeans came here. Go sell your koolaid elsewhere.
      The Pilgrims actually saved the indian tribe they came in contact with from other indians who were trying to wipe them out. Other indian tribes were always preying on fellow indians (i.e., Apache, etc.).
      Courage and Godspeed,
      Tychicus

    • SpiritOf1683

      Why are you living in the US and not Pakistan, savage?

  • Alvaro

    In childrens' textbooks in Norway (and probably everywhere) you can notice the difference between the Moorish occupation of Spain and Portugal and the colonization of America.

    The former is described only in positive terms, like "bringing scientific inventions" and new "architecture". The latter is just an endless list of misery created by the "white man". (Obviously nothing about bringing science, inventions, culture, etc. to America.)

    The misrepresentation of history is staggering.

    • SpiritOf1683

      It won't be long before we witness the Muslim conquest of Norway. Scandinavians will become the first victims of their own political correctness and antisemitism, followed by the rest of Western Europe from 2050 onwards at this rate. The vast majority of rapes in Scandinavia are carried out by Muslims, and a staggering 40% of benefits paid out in Denmark go to its Muslim population.

  • Anamah

    Islamic expansion erased the real history and killed Alla nonbelievers. Plurality or other religions were banned and persecuted and enslaved terrorizing people so much that is hard to measure how many were assassinate to impose the Islamic Law on the actual Muslim world. Crusaders fight was to throw out Muslims from the South European Christian Kingdoms along the cost of Mediterranean sea till the so called Holy Land where Islam was the conquer by force and terror and horrific cruelty. Crusades took place as reaction to invaders.

  • jacob

    And regarding what this article exposes and of which I don't doubt one iota, may I ask :
    DOES IT OR DOESN'T IT TAKE TWO TO TANGO..????
    Where are the parents of these schoolchildren so eager to run to school to raise hell with the principals
    because the teachers disciplined their babies ????
    Has it occurred to any of them to review all those schoolbooks and make an "AUTO DA FE" with those
    found to contain the reported Muslim whitewashing garbage??
    We all know we have allowed the federal govmt. to go too damned far already andthat time is pasee
    already to show it who is the boss, because it has grown to believe it is some kind of a monarchy,
    which made somebody to recently write, asking whether we are still CITIZENS or rather SUBJECTS
    in this country….

    • aspacia

      Parents complain, and school administrators label them ignorant and racist. Currently, there is a wonderful, hard working student in class. Some other students beat the crap out of her, and she was hospitalized. The parent put a protective order against the attackers. Guess what, they are still enrolled and this violates the protective order. The principal is ignoring the issue and the parent.

  • Gilma

    Just the little known Muslim sujugation of India represents de largest genocide ever perpetrated, including the mass muders of Attila, Tamerlan, Genghis Khan, Stalin, Hitler and Pol Pot and perhaps surpassing all of them put together.
    Gilma

  • Linda Rivera

    Encyclopaedia of Islam: “The spread of Islam by arms is a religious duty upon Muslims in general.… Jihad must continue to be done until the whole world is under the rule of Islam."

    This truth is DELIBERATELY not taught by American and other Western countries. Our non-Muslims nations have ALLOWED Muslim history to be falsified and re-written. Founder of Islam, Mohammad said: WAR IS DECEIT. Deception and LIES in school texbooks are used against us by our own leaders, aiding and abetting jihad and world conquest of despised and hated non-Muslims.

  • maria

    Muslims are world wide OCCUPANTS and IMPERIALLISTS. They occupied India, they occupied Palestina which always was only Israel and Judea, Jewish states, etc. What they perfected is taqqiyya, deception and lie. Who care about Muslims before Westerns discovered oil in their wretched countries and built for them oil industry? Then Muslims, of course, nationalized all what were built by others as they did all their history and having petrodollars started dictate their rules. They manipulated using OIL POWER by westerns who lost their passionarity and don't want to badge to protect themselves from world wide genocide.
    We must be proactive and vote for those who are ready stop islamization of our country. Sure, BHO must be one term Pres.

  • Linda Rivera

    Above article: "Muslims go to a new region and offer the inhabitants three choices: 1) submit (i.e., convert) to Islam; 2) live as second-class citizens, or “dhimmis,” paying special taxes and accepting several social debilitations; 3) fight to the death."

    The leaders of our non-Muslim nations have a MORAL RESPONSIBILITY to teach these truths. They DELIBERATELY CHOOSE not to do so. Our leaders aid and abet global jihad and Islamic world conquest.

    In Sweden, many Muslim youth wear a t-shirt proclaiming: “2030-then we take over”

    In Britain, Sheikh Bakri: "We will use your democracy to destroy your democracy."

    One day, millions of men will leave the Southern Hemisphere to go to the Northern Hemisphere. And they will not go there as friends. Because they will go there to conquer it. And they will conquer it with their sons. The wombs of our women will give us victory.”
    —Former Algerian President Houari Boumedienne’s prophetic warning to Europe in a speech at the U.N. In 1974.

  • Linda Rivera

    To Gilma:

    Historian Will Durant:
    "The Islamic conquest of India is probably the bloodiest story in history. It is a discouraging tale, for its evident moral is that civilization is a precious good, whose delicate complex of order and freedom, culture and peace, can at any moment be overthrown by barbarians invading from without or multiplying within."

    In the the last 1400 years, Islam killed 270 million people: 120 million Africans, 60 million Christians, 80 million Hindus and 10 million Buddhists.

    And GOD said, "What have you done? The voice of your brother's blood cries out to me from the ground." Bible, Genesis 4:10

  • topperj

    In our schools, there are few textbooks used in the lower grades. I used to rail against this. But knowing what tripe and downright lies/propaganda are disseminated in these alleged history books, it's probably a good thing.

  • Marty

    It is an uphill battle. I'm a college professor who occasionally teaches students who have been propagandized by islamic apologists. When presented with the facts most revert to having a genuine and reasonable appreciation of islam as a despicable and genocidal totalitarian system. They begin by being incredulous that islam is a completely violent and brutal cult founded and controlled by sociopaths. It gets worse: I've given presentations at professional conferences where the audience was hostile and very protective of people who shill for islam on university campuses. These "academics" don't see reason and refuse to disbelieve their own nonsense about islam as a peaceful religion and the United States and Israel as resposnible for all that is wrong in the world. It's too late for them. They return to their classrooms and continue to pollute and corrupt their victims, er, students.

  • Comacine

    Please refer to these writings for more of the destructive nature of Islam.

    1. Wiki-Islam
    2. The Nazi Connection to Islamic Terrorism by Chuck Morse
    3. Allah of the Quar’an and The God of the Bible, Thomas G. Brunswick, Ph. D
    4. The Islamic Anti-Christ: The Shocking Truth about the Real Nature of the Beast, Joel Richardson
    5. Holy Warriors: Islam and the Demise of Classical Civilization, John J. O’Neil
    6. Mohammed, Charlemagne, and the Origins of Europe: The Pirenne Thesis in the Light of Archaeology, by Richard Hodges
    7. Mohammed and Charlemagne, Henri Perinne
    Afterward, let’s see what your view is of Islam and whether it has ANY positive or useful effect on the world today. I think you will find the world and civilization better off without it.

    • aspacia

      Comacine, do not trust Wiki.

      • Comacine

        I don't blindly trust Wiki. This one happens to use actual and factual credentials and doesn't remove or add information just because the editor doesn't agree with it. As for any Wiki page one should read the discussion tab and see whether or not it is "trustworthy". It is not an end all say all site, just another reference. I'd also like to remove reference 6 and substitute – Mohammed & Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy by Emmet Scott. The former reference does a poor job of refuting the observations of Mr Pirenne while the latter actually analyzes a broader archaeological record.

  • RoguePatriot6

    "…it may be instructive to examine one of those aspects that are regularly distorted: the Muslim conquests."

    "Regularly distorted"? You will never even hear the Islamic Crusades in most schools however you hear all there is to know about the Christian Crusades and then some. You see, this is why, I've said a million times "Liberalism is the gateway to this great nation's destruction". Liberals for the most part HATE Christianity and what's ironically amusing is the fact that the reasons that they give for this hatred (mainly from distorted views) are the reasons that they should detest the teachings in the Koran. As they continue to erode Christian values (and as Christians let them) Islam will replace those values and ethics with theirs, it's that simple. Remove Godly influence and invite other gods.
    Now, the fact still escapes most people, was that you didn't see any Christians throwing maltov cocktails, beating people up or threatening to kill Atheists who claim "there is no God". Yet, still, we have this ever increasing number of liberal brainwashed zombies who just can't stop themselves from mocking Christians while embracing the very people who would probably have them killed due to the fact that alot of liberals harbor ideas and practices that are capital offenses in a Shari'a based justice system. (cont'd)

  • RoguePatriot6

    Teachers all accross America continue to tell of the horror stories about how the Catholic Church oppressed non-Christians and how they executed homosexuals and others who they deemed not fit to live yet the Catholic Church AREN'T THE ONES THAT ARE STILL DOING THIS. Islamists are.

    Also another fact that the PC censors seem to hide, is that Christians, during the crusades, were going against the teachings of Christ, Islamists were in perfect compliance with Muhammads orders during their crusades. Yet, once again, liberals still claim that Christians and Jews are the oppressors not realizing that as they pave the way for these Islamist goons to accomplish their goals in the West, in the end, they will be just as doomed as the rest of us will be (well that is if these goons can fight of all of the patriots with attitude and guns, there's alot of them too). They will be discarded like yesterdays trash for all of their decades of propaganda, lies, deception and double standards putting Christianity on the short end and hatred towards what could have saved them.

  • Jaafar_1946

    You probably want to look at the book "The Hidden Origins of Islam" before placing any more credibility in these sources. What if Mu'awwiya was a Christian?

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