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The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, #3, by Dario Fernandez-Morera

Mass murder, supremacist codes, rapes, beheadings and an inquistion were apparently 'enriching'.

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As the Black, Black-Muslim, Arab-Muslim, Pakinstani-Muslim invasion of Western states proceeds and accelerates, it is of course ‘racist’ (Muhammad’s cult is not a race of course), and ‘phobic’ (scepticism borne out of reality is not a pathological disorder of course), to resist the colonialization of majority-White states.  It is strangely however, ‘patriotic’, ‘rational’, ‘enlightened’ to support the continued majority status of Black, Muslim, Asian-denominated states.  Curious that.  Multi-culturalism, the grand failure it has been, is apparently, only necessary for majority-White states. 

 

In the context of rewriting history into a sequence of lies and distortions, the self-proclaimed ‘tolerant’, ‘intelligent’, ‘humanist-rationalist’ groups declare that Arab-Muslim Spain, conquered by Muhammadans by 719-720 AD, and under Muslim occupation until 1492, encompassing a large peninsula comprised of Romano-Christians before the invasion, which witnessed almost annual displays of war, slaughter, rape, supremacism, racism and pogroms against Christians, Christian culture and Jews, was certainly a paradise of civilisational greatness, perhaps the apogee of multi-cultural enrichment; this mendaciously named Andalusia was the paragon of society cohesion and coherent advancement, this modern post-Enlightenment cult claims.  Of course, these assertions are fantasy, and none of this narrative is true, as this excellent book by Morera outlines.

 

Morera devotes an entire chapter which everyone should read, on ‘The myth of the Ummayad tolerance’.  The Ummayads were the first Arab-dominated Caliphate of Spain post their invasion and destruction of the Visgothic-Romano Christian kingdom.  As one Muslim historian Ibn Hazm happily states, the Ummayads were ‘the most afflicting to the enemies of Al-Lah’, meaning the most intolerant of Christians and Jews.  As Morera states, ‘The celebrated Ummayads actually elevated religious and political persecutions, inquistions, beheadings, impalings, and crucifixons to heights unequalled by any other set of rulers before or after in Spain’ (p. 120).  These are facts you won’t hear about or see in films.  Morera mentions many episodes, with a few summarised below, unlikely to be referred to by academics or in their reality-distortion material and lectures.

 

-Upon conquering Cordoba, the Visigothic-Catholic capital, Muslims set about demolishing St. Vincent’s Cathedral, the main cathedral of worship, to build a Mosque, built by Christians and Jews.

 

-Abd al Rahman I the first Ummayad Caliph, not only destroyed St. Vincent’s but hundreds of other shrines and Churches of the ‘polytheist’ (trinity-believing) Catholics across Spain, often building mosques on the same location.

 

-War was an annual Umayyad event to spread the Jihad (even into southern France and Switzerland), and arrest the interminable intra-Muslim, intra-Arab tribal quarrels and rebellions.  The Umayyads were enthusiastic savages, carrying out indiscriminate slaughter of innocents, and those taken prisoner, both Christian and Muslim (rebels).  Severed heads en-masse, were sent back to Cordoba for display, after every raid and war.

 

-The Umayyads imposed brutal punishments and controls on Christians and Jews, named Dhimmis under Sharia barbarism.  Blasphemy against any aspect of the Muslim occupation, the cult’s founder Muhammad, or Umayyad rule in general, was greeted with a death sentence.  This included any public pronouncement (viewed as proselytization) of the Christian faith, or apostasy from Muslims who either left the cult, or were insufficiently pious (fanatical) enough.  Apostasy in Muhammadanism is punished by death.

 

-Christians were yoked under a heavy regime of taxation (called Jizya), in which male Muslims paid no taxes, but Christians produced the revenues needed to finance the state, the Muslim armies and the occupation.  Muslim public buildings and mosques were likewise financed with Jizya and built by Christians as unpaid slave labour. 

 

-Abd al Rahman III instituted Europe’s first inquisition, against Muslim heretics, Jews, and Christians.  The purpose of this inquisition was to punish anyone who dared to stray from, question, or ‘misinterpret’ the Koran, Hadiths and Sharia pronouncements.  The intention was to form what is today called ‘an extremist’ but entirely true and accurate interpretation, across all of society, of the ‘laws’ and rules from the Koran and Hadiths.  Such a program was common across all Muslim states, across all centuries, and was not unique. 

 

-Starting in at least the 9th century, Muslim crucifixions of Christians and heretical Muslims (apostates) became common, as well as public beheadings.  In 797 in Toledo for example, the entire ‘unruly’ Christian elite of about 700, many of whom had ‘converted’ (by force) to Muhammadanism were crucified.  Similar episodes occurred in Cordoba and elsewhere.  It also was common if Muslims suffered defeat in battle (eg. 929 AD in Leon), that the Muslim caliph would crucify his own soldiers for failing to defeat the polytheists.

 

-During the late 10th century, the last Umayyad Caliph, al-Mansur, calling himself the ‘Victorious’ launched 60 jihadic raids against Christians in Spain which included rapes, sex trafficking and burning books and Christian sites.  Al-Mansur burnt Zaragoza, Osma, Zamora, Leon, Astorga, Coimbra, and even the holy city of Santiago de Compostela.  In 985 he burnt down Barcelona and enslaved all who did not die.

 

-After sacking Santiago de Compostela, al-Mansur ordered Christian slaves to carry the great bells from the tower to Cordoba.  These bells were melted down and turned into lamps for the mosque in Cordoba, itself built by Christian slaves from Castile.

 

The Umayyads occupied Spain as a dictatorial power for almost 300 years.  As an occupying power they demonstrated an extreme lack of tolerance and multi-cultural sensitivity.  Hundred of thousands of Catholic Christians were slaughtered in war, or indiscriminate Jihad.  Hundreds of thousands were taken as slaves including female and young boys as sex slaves. Churches, bridges, libraries, documents, shrines, metal work, artwork, were consigned to the fire.  Entire cities depopulated and desecrated.  The ‘legal system’ carved society into 2 parts; one for the Muslims, a second for the non-citizens, non-entities called Dhimmis or non-Muslims.  Punishments for disobeying Muslim ordinances, supremacist-legal codes, or apostasy and blasphemy were death by beheading, decapitation, or torture. 

 

It is remarkably ignorant, deceptive, insipid and contrary to factual evidence, that academics or anyone else would cite medieval Spain as a paradise of inter-faith cooperation and cultural enrichment. 

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, #2, by Dario Fernandez-Morera

The myth is just part of the attack on Christainity.

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The Muhammadan empires carved out of Christian civilisation, including Spain called Andalusia by academics, invented very little.  One can investigate any area of human endeavour from 632 AD to 1492 AD and view the obvious fact that Muslims simply used the vastly superior intellectual, technological, scientific and social constructions of far more advanced Christians states, which were occupied and plundered by the Muslim Jihad.  Much to his credit, Morera has investigated this historical fact thoroughly.  To wit:

 

‘A good example is medicine.  In 854 the Nestorian Christian Stephanos had translated the medical works of Dioscorides into Arabic.  Muslims used this translation as their medical text for more than a century.’ (Nestorians had built the world’s first public hospitals and medical-training academies by the 4th century).

 

‘In 948 the Christian emperor of the Greek Roman Empire, Armanius, gave Abd-al-Rahman III, the Umayad caliph of Cordoba, Disocordes’s works in the original Greek.  But Muslims in Cordoba did not have anyone who knew Greek.  As a result, the Roman emperor also sent a Greek monk, who instructed the Muslim ruler’s slaves in Greek.’ (p. 66)

 

‘…Nor does one learn of the immense scientific knowledge, including Greek medical knowledge, that fell into Muslim hands upon the military conquest of Greek Christian Alexandria in 642.’  (Alexandria was the richest city in the Mediterranean world, with large libraries, public works, academies and a culture of technological innovation).

 

‘Famously, Muslims adopted the Visigoth horseshoe arch, seen in many Islamic buildings.  Of course the horseshoe arch was itself of Greco-Roman origin, and even before conquering Spain, Islam had imitated the architecture and construction techniques of the Christian Greek Empire in the Middle East and North Africa.’ (p. 67)

 

‘..Ibn Khaldun (celebrated Muslim-Tunisian historian) pointed out that that in North Africa the constructions built by the Arabs themselves did not last very long because of the Arabs’ sloppiness, poor materials, and lack of knowledge of building techniques….Celebrated ‘Muslim’ crafts, such as that of leather, existed before the invasion, with pre-Islamic Cordoba being an exporter to Europe.’

 

‘The famous mosque of Cordoba offers a particularly good example of how Muslims incorporated Hispano-Roman-Visigoth art into their own work.  In reputedly tolerant Muslim Cordoba, Abd al-Rahman I demolished the stately Christian basilica of Saint Vincent to build upon it his mosque.  (Perhaps with poetic justice, in 1236 King Ferdinand III turned the mosque back into a Catholic church: it is now the Cathedral of Cordoba, although tourists, tour guides, and many Spaniards and even scholars call, quite contrary to fact, ‘the mosque’ of Cordoba.)  The Islamic conquerors used the church of Saint Vincent’s main façade for the façade of their mosque.  They also cannibalised columns and other building materials from Hispano-Roman and Visigoth churches.  They adopted a Roman technique (opus vittatum mixtum) in alternating red brick and white stone in the arches, that alternating pattern is still visible today in some Roman aqueducts of Spain....’

 

‘In fact, the Greek-Roman culture of water and baths was part of the Hispano-Roman life of southern Spain, which has a warm, Mediterranean climate.  The Visigoths inherited the bath culture, which Muslims from arid Arabia happily took over when they encountered it.’

 

From these cursory summaries a pattern is evident.  Visigothic Christian Spain was a rich, lively civilisation, with the Goth elite ruling over a few million Hispano-Romans. Medicine, science, writing, culture, technology, engineering, art, public works and water usage, was common-place and advanced.  The Muslims brought very little to Spain when they invaded.  Perhaps some plants and vegetables from other conquered Christian territories of North Africa.  In reality even this is debateable.  Christian Spain in the 8th century was tied to the trading patterns of the Western and even Eastern Mediterranean.  There were strong cultural and commercial linkages between Spain and Byzantium, from plants, fruits and raw materials to manufactured consumer goods.  Advanced Christian civilisations abutted the coast, and the trade of products and services was both complicated and extended.  Culture, mores and learning would likewise have been eagerly transmitted and filtered. 

 

It is recorded and accepted that Jewish and Christian tradesman, artisans, craftsmen, and public officials were used by the Muslims within their Spanish domains, to erect a Muhammadan cultural layer on what already existed.  This included building Muhammadan sites and managing public affairs.  There is no archaeological evidence anywhere in Spain of great Muslim projects, building, or expansion of infrastructure, certainly none by ‘Muslims themselves’.  Edifices such as the mosque in Cordoba were built from, or with the materials of existing Christian structures, by Jews and Christians using well known Roman-Visigoth engineering techniques.  We can conclude from the evidence that the Muslim Golden Age of Spain is not only a myth, but as usual, a calumny, slander and debasement of Romano-Visigothic-Christian Spain.

 

The Myth of the Andalusian Paradise, by Dario Fernandez-Morera

Ignorance and mendacity is not factual nor real.

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The modern world describes itself as ‘scientific’ and ‘progressive’.  It is neither.  Science does not make an entrance into various philosophies including Darwin and Freud, Plant-food causes climate, or 160 genders which displace x and y chromosomes and DNA mitochondria.  History is certainly not a ‘science’, though one can use extant sources, common sense and archaeology to arrive at theories and concepts which may support a particular, empirically premised viewpoint.  But as Orwell noted, History is easily debauched, disfigured and concocted to fit with a narrative, even if that narrative is wholly at odds with reality, facts and common sense.

 

The odes to Muslims, to the cult of Mecca, to a totalitarian construct, suffused with the ideals of what moderns would call ‘fascism’ is an example.

 

Throughout Orwellian agencies of ‘news’, ‘education’ and ‘expertise’, the Muslim Jihad is now presented as the apotheosis of civilisation, barely outstripped by the slave-based and in many ways primitive and totalitarian constructs of the Greeks and Romans named ‘classical civilisation’, in which 90% of the population was poor and illiterate and in which technology was eschewed for slave-labour and outside of public building and engineering, little can be offered to support the idea that the Western world crested in success with the Rome of Augustus or Nero, or Theodosius for that matter.  If you read and agree with Spengler, civilisations have ‘life cycles’ and it appears that Western civilisation is in old dotage, passionately committed to euthanasia better known as assisted suicide.  Part of killing oneself is to deny oneself, deny reality, deny the good in the world and in your own being, feel offended at being ‘powerless’, convince oneself it is all ‘hopeless’, or convulse to the floor riddled with guilt, shame and self-loathing for acts either done or not done, said or unsaid, real or imagined.  Ending the misery appears the only way to ‘progress’ to something better.

 

So, it goes with the myth of the Muslim ‘Andalusia’, itself an academic name.  Muslims conquered Spain from 710 AD to about 720 AD, with a small Christian enclave in Navarra led by the redoubtable Don Pelayo, defeating the Muslim armies.  It took almost 800 years for the Christians to recover Spain, in history’s longest ever war.  It was a war to recapture and rebuild Civilisation.  This was ever the viewpoint, now displaced by a self-hating culture and elite, determined to completely annihilate Western man and woman.

 

The myth of Andalusia is an example of this extreme Western self-loathing.  No one in Spain during the medieval ages called southern Spain ‘Andalusia’ (Morera, p. 15).  It was named ‘Hispania’ or ‘Espana’.  Renaming Espana was an ‘Enlightenment’ invention designed as usual, to denigrate the medieval Catholic world.  In the ‘Enlightenment’ fantasy history, the Spanish Muslims, or Moors, meaning converts from Christianity to Muhammandanism, constructed the medieval world’s most elegant, intelligent, wealthy, sophisticated and educated region or ‘empire’, in opposition to the ‘Dark Age’ of the Christianised parts of Spain, mired as they were in ‘superstitious religion’ and poverty.  In this fiction, the Muslims were the conduits of ‘learning’ including the ‘classical texts’ of ancient Greece and Rome, and all the ‘deep knowledge’ contained by those apogees of achievement.  Why they even imported vegetables and fruits from conquered Christian territories in North Africa.  Surely a Golden Age of elevated wisdom and prosperity?  This theory, now so ardently defended by most of the totalitarians in education and ‘research’, is of course a load of rubbish. 

 

As Morera writes:  ‘This ideological mission would then be the ultimate reason for the tilting of the narrative against Catholic Spain prevalent since the Enlightenment and the writings of Voltaire and Edward Gibbon….this ideological mission has morphed into ‘presentism’, an academically sponsored effort to narrate the past in terms of the present…multicultural, diversity, and peace studies, which necessitate rejecting as retrograde, chauvinistic, or, worse, ‘conservative’, any view of the past that many conflict with the progressive agenda.’

 

Precisely correct.  The Western world is revisioning its own death.  When you destroy your culture, legacy, and history, you emasculate your existence and over time, inevitably, self-immolate.  Any person who dares to offend the current self-hating zeitgeist is condemned, charged, hung, quartered and offered as a warning to others who dare to tread on the path of reality and fact.

 

As Morera writes, the Muslims invaded the rich Visigothic ‘empire’ of Spain.  Visigothic Spain was at least as wealthy under the converted Catholic Goths, as it was under the Roman empire.  It was, however, a state with deep divisions.  The Visigoths were the ruling elite, a minority, ruling over Hispano-Romans: ‘Islamic armies took advantage of dynastic conflicts, military unpreparedness, plagues and treason by Visigoth nobles, before, after, and probably during combat to defeat the Visigoth king of Spain, Rodrigo, at the battle….Guadalete, probably on July 26 711….Hispano-Romans and Visigoths become dhimmis – that is Christians living in subaltern status in Islamic lands – or converted to the hegemonic religion, or fled for their lives.’

 

The Muslim Jihad into Spain carried a ‘hegemonic’, or totalitarian ‘religion’, or cult as its political-social organising principle.  Within a decade of subduing most of Spain, the Jihad turned to the north in the pursuit of slaves, women, gold and land.  The Jihad swept north into France; ‘..This force sacked Bordeaux, burned all the churches on its way, and reached the outskirts of Poitiers in central France, where it burned the Basilica.  This time the Islamic invaders were beaten…Battle of Tours (or Battle of Poitiers, October 10 732), Frankish army led by the Franks’ Christian leader… Charles Martel…’ 

 

The Muslim Jihad into Spain and France did not bring ‘civilisation’.  It brought death, dhimmitude or slave-status to non-Muslims, rape, the destruction of thousands of churches and Christian buildings including libraries and schools, massive slave raiding and trading of White Christians, a fact long forgotten by modern day racialists and race-baiters, and it created a system of punishing taxes and free labour, bled from non-Muslims, given that under Dhimmitude regimes Muslim males paid no taxes.  Muhammadan Spain lived off the blood, money and sex trade of the Infidel. 

 

In fact as Morera recounts (p. 60), Muslim sources are effusive in the absolute astonishment of the illiterate Muhammandans as they entered Spain and beheld their great cities, the splendour of Toleda, Merida, Sevilla and Cordoba, with their public works, aquaducts, libraries, cathedrals, schools, roads and high engineering, simply astonished the Muhammadans.  As one Muslim historian commented, ‘the former palace in Cordoba as full of wonderful remains of the Greeks, Romans and Goths….apartments were so magnificently decorated as to dazzle with the beauty of their ornaments the eyes of the beholders.’  They had never viewed anything comparable.  They certainly did not improve on these creations, but simply squatted on rich Visigothic-Hispano territory.  As one Muslim historian noted, ‘…a Visigothic bridge over the Tagus River was so well built that there was nothing like it in the whole of Spain – and a Muslim leader ordered it destroyed’ (p. 61).  In Muhammadan theology, the artitfacts and assets of the Infidel must be eradicated, including buildings, bridges, libraries, books and churches.  The Muslims literally, effaced much of civilisation in Spain. 

 

Muslim historians including the Tunisian Ibn Khaldun, underscore and highlight the illiterate uncivilised nature of the Arab and Muslims before coming into contact with the Christian Byzantine empire, or the Persian Sassanid.  It was no different when the Muslims entered Visigothic Spain.  Christian Spain was hundreds of years advanced from the Muhammandans in culture, technology, urban life, science, medicine, social organisation and in matters of religion, mores and the immaterial.  To assert the opposite is simply to demonstrate ignorance and mendacity.