Dr. Jai Maharaj
2018-04-07 22:43:15 UTC
.. but hardly in the way that European elites claim.
By Raymond Ibrahim
Frontpage Mag, frontpagemag.com
April 6, 2018
Raymond Ibrahim is a Shillman Fellow at the David Horowitz
European Commission First Vice-President Frans Timmermans
recently chaired a roundtable with ten Muslim imams from
six EU Member States (Belgium, Bulgaria, France, Germany,
Italy and The Netherlands). Afterwards Timmermans
announced that "the Commission is strongly committed to
promoting diversity in Europe. Islam is part of our
history, Islam is part of our present and Islam will be
part of our future."
Such assertions are as true as the assumptions they are
based on -- and whether such assumptions are grounded in
historical facts or fictions. In prefacing his claims about
Islam's historic role in Europe by saying "the Commission
is strongly committed to promoting diversity in Europe," it
is clear which perception Timmermans is invoking.
The true, historically documented role that Islam played
has a much different story to tell: in the early seventh
century, sword-waving Arabs burst out of the Arabian
Peninsula and in a few decades conquered some two-thirds of
what then constituted the Christian world -- from Syria and
Egypt in the east to Carthage and Spain in the west and
everything in between. One hundred years after the death
of their prophet (traditionally dated to 632), they were in
the heart of France where, thanks to their defeat at Tours
in 732, and other Frankish victories, the whole of Europe
was also not conquered.
Jai Maharaj, Jyotishi