I suppose living on the dole while plotting terrorist attacks didn’t merit an entire chapter. But really writing a history of the UK without including the enormous Muslim contribution is like writing a history of World War II without mentioning the otter.
One of the UK’s leading Islamic organisations has warned that plans to revise the school history curriculum risk ignoring the Muslim contribution to western civilisation – an omission that will only foster alienation.
An estimated 10% of children in Britain’s schools are Muslim, but the Muslim Council of Britain says the proposed new curriculum will not recognise the role Muslims have played in shaping a multicutural Britain and Europe.
It has to be a special Muslim role doesn’t it. Not the special role of the Buddhists or anyone else. Just another Muslim entitlement to an imaginary history and an imaginary superiority.
And the subtext of “alienation” is “make us feel special or we’ll turn extremist and begin offing you.”
Nor, it says, does the curriculum take into account Britain’s history of trade, diplomatic and other relations with Muslim-majority regions, or the longstanding presence of Islam in Britain. The council concludes that the present draft curriculum would fail to teach a “true picture of the past that prepares our children for life” in 21st-century Britain.
How beautifully Orwellian. A true picture of the past actually means a false picture of the past that aligns with the agendas of the present.
But it’s true. Islam’s contribution to the UK does deserve special mention in a way that will prepare students for life in 21st century Britain. And there can be no better example of that than the Muslim slaver raids on coastal towns in Europe from 1500 to 1800 resulting in the enslavement of one million Europeans.
Not content with attacking ships and sailors, the corsairs also sometimes raided coastal settlements, generally running their craft onto unguarded beaches, and creeping up on villages in the dark to snatch their victims and retreat before the alarm could be sounded. Almost all the inhabitants of the village of Baltimore, in Ireland, were taken in this way in 1631, and other attacks were launched against coastal villages in Devon and Cornwall.
The Sack of Baltimore took place in 1631.
The inhabitants were taken completely by surprise. More than 200 armed corsairs landed in the Cove, torching the thatched roofs of the houses and carrying off with them ‘young and old out of their beds’. Moving on to the main village, the pirates took more captives before musket fire and the beating of a drum alerted the remaining villagers and persuaded Reis to end the raid. By that time more than 100 men, women and children had been taken. They were herded back to the ships, which bore them away from the coves of West Cork to the slave markets of North Africa.
In July 1625, a raiding party of corsairs landed at Mount’s Bay in Cornwall, and swept into the parish church where the locals were worshipping. Sixty men, women and children were abducted and carried onto the corsairs’ boats. Looe, a small Cornish port, was also attacked, though its inhabitants had tried to hide or flee. 80 men were taken and the village was burned.
Muslim slavery was revived again by a new wave of Muslim migrants and settlers to the UK who are once again enslaving the natives.
Nine Asian men were jailed last year for between four and 19 years for grooming young white girls in and around the town of Rochdale. Forty-seven children were identified as victims of the exploitation that left many of their lives in tatters.
A gang of nine Asian men in Oxford groomed vulnerable girls as young as 11 for sex, subjecting them to assaults that were “perverted in the extreme”, a court heard today.
Karrar – known as Egyptian Mo – bought the youngest victim from an unnamed man just after her 11th birthday. He branded her with one of her hair pins, which he had twisted into the shape of an ‘M’ and heated with a cigarette lighter. It left a scar on her left buttock.
Teaching British schoolchildren about what happened in Baltimore, Mount’s Bay and Looes might go a long way toward giving them a true picture of the past and an understanding of the Islamic contribution to the UK in the 21st century.