Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries
"Jihad," the Muslim holy war against Christians and others, has raged for 1,300 years with bloody conquests in Europe dating from campaigns to convert the infidels in the 7th century to today's random acts of terrorism in the name of Allah. Yet this huge unrecorded "hole" in European history has been censored and stifled by political and literary authorities who have feared reprisals from angry Muslims trying to hide a legacy of brutality vastly more bloody and six times longer in duration than the atrocities of the crusades.
This is the engrossing factual account of the immense and little-known Islamic military invasions of Europe, and the major players who led them, beginning around 650 CE. The Islamic Arabs (and later the Moors) occupied a number of the Mediterranean Islands, and invaded Spain and Portugal in 711 CE, and ruled over much of the Iberian peninsula for the next 800 years. France was attacked and invaded, as was Italy, and the European coasts all the way to Ireland and Iceland. The Muslims swept over the Balkans, besieged Vienna, and were intermittent masters of Greece, Bulgaria, Romania, and Hungary into the 19th century, destroying the Byzantines and conquering Constantinople (turning it into Istanbul). Ambitious and unrelenting, the Muslims also sought to conquer Austria and Russia.
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Review: Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st CenturiesUser Review - Luis Eduardo - Goodreads
A good introduction to the ideas behind the jihad movement and an excellent account of the West's clash with Islam. Read full review
Review: Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st CenturiesUser Review - Jeff - Goodreads
Great primer to the history of Islam and it's relationship to the Christian West. I will be doing further reading of some of the sources Fregosi cited in his book. Highly recommended for anyone ... Read full review
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