Sunday, September 28, 2008

Islamic Crusades Episode 2: Before Islam: Story of the Islamification of Egypt, Iraq and Iran

In the 21st century, the dominant narrative of American history is one of white European Christian exploitation. We are told from an early age that we are invaders, aliens, usurpers; that we gained this territory through aggression, colonialism, and genocide of the native population. Further, we are told that there is no remedy to this situation. Our nation was conceived in sin, and no matter how far we progress in ethnic, religious and racial tolerance; no matter how much money we lay out in benefits and reparations, we cannot wash the blood from our hands.

Accordingly the progressive view is that we must always show deference, humility, and passivity in foreign policy; that our interactions with other nations should take the form of eternal apologies and bottomless unaccountable foreign aid. And God forbid we should make a moral judgment on a genocidal dictator, or a backwards theocracy, because in light of our past it would be an enormous hypocrisy.

This interpretation by definition assumes that the West was the only society on earth that behaved in such a way; that the rest of the world was a harmonious Eden. That native cultures lived peacefully, in the territory where they had always lived, in balance with nature and the surrounding peoples. Well, any thinking person should know that humans and their societies are much more complicated than that. For example, it’s a common assumption that Arabs have always populated North Africa, and that Islam is the native religion of Iran and Turkey. Here I will provide some brief examples that represent the way in which the Arab world became the Arab world, and how Dar-al-Islam, the domain of Islam, became the domain of Islam.

Before Islam, Arabs were only found in the Arabian Peninsula, hence the name. Muhammad was an Arab of the tribe Quraysh, from the Mecca region. By grasping firmly to his new religious and political ideology, the Arab people and their new Muslim faith were spread across the Middle East in a rapid series of violent conquests.

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Before Islam, Egypt was a Christian land. When the Arab Muslims invaded in 641AD, they called the local people Copts, a derivation of the Greek word for Egypt, "Ekyptos". Thus, the Arabs called the local people simply “Egyptians”, underlining the fact that they were foreign invaders. The capital of Christian Egypt was Alexandria, named after Alexander the Great. The Church of Alexandria was founded in 42 AD, which makes it the longest uninterrupted institution of Christianity on earth. After the invasion the Copts were relegated to Dhimmi status under Islamic Sharia law. Christians could continue to worship but were not allowed to build new churches, or renovate the churches that already existed. Dhimmis were required to pay a tribute tax to the Muslim rulers and acknowledge Muslim supremacy. Dhimmis were prohibited from bearing arms, or giving testimony in court cases involving Muslims. Obviously these laws were designed to eliminate the indigenous religions, making it too humiliating and costly to maintain a different faith in a Muslim land, and in Egypt they’ve had their desired effect. The former Coptic Christian majority now makes up only 10% of the population, under siege and decreasing every day. Their second-class status is underlined periodically by violence and destruction. In October 2005 angry Muslim crowds gathered around St George’s Coptic Church in Alexandria, one man burst into the church shouting “Allahu Akbar”, and stabbed a nun and a male parishioner.

Before Islam, Iran was Persia. Persia had existed as an empire and a fountain of civilization and culture for more than a thousand years. On the eve of the Arab Muslim invasion in 637 AD, the religion of Persia was Zoroastrianism. Zoroastrianism is a monotheistic faith that rose in Persia at about the same time that Judaism developed in the Levant, and it had a profound influence on the three Abrahamic religions as well as the religions of the East. After Persia’s fall to Islam, Zoroastrians were relegated to dhimmi status. Today they number less than 200,000 worldwide, the largest community being India where refugees from Iran found some tolerance. In Iran itself about 22,000 Zoroastrians remain, or less than 0.1% of the population.

Before Islam, Iraq was called Assyria. Prior to the Arab Muslim conquest, the majority of its inhabitants were Assyrian Christians. By the dawn of the 20th century, dhimmi laws, persecutions and conversions had reduced their numbers to about 5% of the Iraqi population. On the eve of the US-led invasion in 2003, they had dropped to 1%. A lot of noise has been made about the plight of Iraqi refugees since 2003. What is less widely known is that Assyrian Christians make up 40% of the 1 million refugees that have left Iraq, despite making up less than 1% of the population. These refugees represents 2/3 of the pre-war Christian population. The removal of the tyrant Saddam Hussein allowed the Sunni and Shia Muslims to revert to the customary persecution of their Christian neighbors. Frivolous events such as the Danish Muhammad cartoons have had very real repercussions for Iraq’s dwindling Christian community, in the form of bombings and murders. Seven churches were bombed in January 2006, in retaliation for the dreaded cartoons of blasphemy. Since the start of the war at least 46 Churches and Monasteries have been bombed.

These are three brief examples, but this story has been repeated wherever Islam has asserted itself. When Islam comes to a new nation, its purpose is not to adapt to the fabric of the host society, or to become just one religion among many equals. Its goal is to become the dominant religion. The Muslim belief is that once a territory has been under Muslim rule, it can never be relinquished again. And so former Muslim colonies such as Spain, Israel and the Balkans, are high on the list for reconquest. But make no mistake, any territory is fair game.
The territories where Islamic law is in force are known as "Dar-al-Islam", the "domain of Islam". Territories ruled by infidel law are known as "Dar-al-Harb", the "domain of war". This means that any non-Muslim territory, whether it be ruled by humanists, atheists, Christians, Jews, Hindus, Buddhists, etc., is fair game for conquest. In 2003, UK-based Sheikh Yusuf al-Qaradawi said “It has been determined by Islamic law that the blood and property of people of Dar-Al-Harb is not protected.”

These are the unvarnished politically-incorrect truths about the way in which Islam views the rest of the world. The three vanquished societies I have highlighted are tangible evidence that this creed is translated into action when the conditions are favorable for conquest. Please keep this in mind as you make decisions that will determine the future path of your own societies.

Further reading on Egypt and the native Copts:

Further reading on Iraq and the native Assyrians:

Further reading on Iran and the native Zoroastrians:

Dar-al-Islam, Dar-al-Harb, and Dhimmitude:


Afonso Henriques said...

Hi, nice videos.

I thought the modern Copts were a mixture of Greeks and native Egyptians... I thought the ancient Copts were Greek colonisers in Egypt.
And, according to realistic numbers, the Copts are only 2%.

Abraham said...

Afonso, I'm not 100% sure of the ethnic makeup of the Copts. They spoke Greek and the ruling class was Greek, but I believe the bulk of them were of Egyptian ethnicity (descended from Ancient Egyptians).

I saw several sources that put Copts anywhere from 6% (Egypt gov't) to 20% (Copts themselves). I chose 10% reference as a middle ground. Objective reality is hard to pin down in a Muslim country... but I wouldn't doubt that only 2% identify as Copts considering the oppression it brings.

Thanks for reading.

Peter said...


I would like to clear some questions here about Egyptians (since I'm Coptic)

I would Like to thank you for the nice videos.
Coptic or copts means Egyptian in Coptic as mentioned (the word is origin in Coptic and Greek, not Greek only)

Egyptians or Copts spoke the old language of ancient Egyptians (the one with the drawings and stuff) but it was very hard for the roman/greek/ .. etc to read when they took control over Egypt. So, they took the language (that they spoke already) and just wrote the sound using some greek letters (and creating some other letters only for the coptic). They are totally different languages, and coptic is still spoken inside coptic churches world wide.

Thanks for the effort :)

Rita Putatunda said...

I would be interested to know exactly when Egypt became Christian, and what was the religion there before the advent of Christianity.

Very interesting videos/reading here...

Coptic Christian said...


Mark the Evangelist came to Alexandria around 80 AD and founded the coptic church.

We were christian all the way till arabs came 670's and banned coptic language and killed many christians and convert them.

Egyptians had their own religions (pagan) and there were populations of jews there as well.

let me know if you need any more info.

miko tofy said...

" slavery of black people in Islam"
First, it is well known that Mohamed had owned 20 slave before his death and his teenager wife had owned more than 40 slave (male & female) before her death

Second, based on the historians (even Muslims ones) there was African civilizations (specially in the eastern christian African) at that time black people were equal to every body else. until 640's AD Muslim invaded the black christian kingdoms first they were defied two times but in the third battle they hardly won and they force the black christian to sign The "Baqt" treaty in 651 AD
the aim of this treaty is to destroy the black christian kingdoms from with in , how? by making them fight each other and that done by demanding in the treaty that each year the black christian kingdoms send 400 slave to them ( and that was a large number in there days compares to the world's population in that time) and indeed they succeeded, later on the kingdoms started wars between themselves because each kingdoms didn't want to be Perished and want to save there people from being disgrace by Muslims and that what happen later when there number increase people began to see the black people only as a slaves in the Islamic world first and at the end all over the world. that reveals in the writing of Ibn Khaldun (1332-1406 AD){ just after seven Centuries :
"Therefore, the Negro nation are, as a rule, submissive to slavery, because [Negroes] have little [that is essentially] human and have attributes that are quite similar to those of dumb animals, as we have stated."
so what will be Europe , America & the rest of the world after seven Centuries

miko tofy said...

this is a story of Crusader lady not european but egyptian who fight for her nation her name was Armaniusa , the story happen in 639AD , the egyptian princess was preparing for her wedding to the Crown prince of the Byzantine Empire ( the superpower at that time) when she was on her way to the Ceremony with some solders who were escort her and as she get closer to the egyptian border , she heard about the islamic conquest of Egypt so immediately she went to the near villages to gather as many people as she could and then she run to the closest castle which was in Pelusium, she manage to make them a small Byzantine garrison and she blocked the muslims for entire month, in that month she kept writing letters to her father Cyrus of Alexandria "Al-Muqawqis" who administered Egypt on behalf of the Byzantine Empire "or the king of Egypt". she kept Begging her father to assemble all the army or may be to ask the christian egyptian to help them against that non-christian army but he refused. Why ? some says that he belive that the army was too weak after the Persian Empire conquest which was just a decade before islamic conquest of Egypt while other says that he was stealing money from Byzantine Empire taxes but i belive that he was under the spell of islamic propaganda "how merciful and god-fearing men they are" so he did not assemble the army, later on when 'Amr ibn al-'As the Arab army commander captive her he sent her back to her father to keep the spell on him until the end of the invasion
while in the Islamic era when a woman her name was "Shajar al-Durr" tried to take charger of Egypt throne the Abbasid Caliph al-Musta'sim in Baghdad refused to recognize Shajar al-Dur as a monarch becase she was woman he sent

"If there is no more men in the country inform us until we would send to you a man from here (iraq)."

miko tofy said...

I hope that you publish this story