- Paperback: 202 pages
- Publisher: World Encounter Institute/New English Review Press (1 Jan. 2014)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0988477874
- ISBN-13: 978-0988477872
- Product Dimensions: 15.2 x 1.2 x 22.9 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
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When Islam comes to a land, what happens? In this sweeping and thorough historical overview, Emmet Scott answers that question definitively, illuminating the shockingly devastating effects of Islamic encroachment upon Europe during the Middle Ages. This is history with all the timeliness of today's headlines, and an urgent message that our governing authorities ignore at their—and our—own risk.
— Robert Spencer, author of the New York Times bestsellers The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam (and the Crusades) and The Truth About Muhammad
In this excellent follow up to Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited, Emmet Scott demonstrates that the centuries-long struggle between the Christian world and the Muslim world during the Middle Ages left lasting effects on Christian thought and attitudes. The revival of slavery in the West after it was nearly extinguished is quite conclusively shown to be the direct result of prolonged contact with the vast Muslim slave-raiding and trading empire which took millions of slaves from Europe and Africa during the Middle Ages. More controversially, Scott also points to violent antisemitism, iconoclasm, vendetta, the toleration of torture, extreme religious intolerance and the idea of “holy war” as all having first developed in the Christian world in areas of prolonged contact and war with Islam, most notably in Spain. Scott further demonstrates that while Islam initially conquered the most advanced areas of the world, at a time when Medieval Christendom was a poor backwater, within five centuries the balance of power was completely reversed, with the Islamic world stagnant and deteriorating and the Christian world poised for global domination. This is no accident, but the inevitable result of the opposing world-views created by Islam and Christianity.
Today, the Islamic revival once again threatens Western progress. It is imperative that our leaders become thoroughly acquainted with the history of earlier Islamic advances. The Impact of Islam is a factual, scholarly and unexaggerated look a period of history more relevant today than ever before.
— Rebecca Bynum author of Allah is Dead: Why Islam is Not a Religion--New English Review
About the Author
Emmet Scott is a historian specializing in the ancient history of the Near East. Over the past fifteen years he has turned his attention to Late Antiquity and the Middle Ages, the rise of Christian Europe and the impact of the Islamic world, which he sees as one of the most crucial periods in the history of western civilization. He is also the author of Mohammed and Charlemagne Revisited: The History of a Controversy. (New English Review Press, 2012)
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https://www.amazon.co.uk/review/RXK0UEVCUDGVU/ref=cm_cd_pg_pg2?ie=UTF8&asin=0988477874&cdForum=Fx31TN13H9FSC4W&cdPage=2&cdThread=Tx2RNAR0T6M4GOK&store=books#wasThisHelpful (scroll down for my argument)
The last 60-70 years witnessed such a degradation of standards in western Academia (in Humanities) that today truth is seen as little more than an appendix to 'social consensus', definitely secondary to cultural relativist considerations. Not surprising then that an attempt (which I consider correct overall) to give more space to other civilizations (other than the Western Civilization) in a curriculum about World History led to a 'multicultural history' whose conclusions are diametrically opposed to Reason (allegedly the Scientific Revolution and Modernity were in reality 'multicultural ventures', the Western Civilization did not have the crucial impact believed before).
Yet this is not all for, unfortunately, academic freedom was also severely curbed, indeed today it is almost impossible to argue that culture did actually play a crucial role in the apparition of Modernity without being labelled, pejoratively, at least an 'eurocentrist'. Not a big surprise that very few academics dare to pursue an otherwise fully legitimate direction of research.Read more ›
However when I read a history book I like to know something of the author - his background, what axes he may have to grind etc etc and it is difficult to find out much about Emmet Scott. Is anyone out there well-informed in this regard? I am also curious about the relation between Emmet Scott and John J O'Neill, many of whose ideas seem to be strangely similar (indeed whole passages from O'Neill's 'Holy Warriors' seem to appear in 'The Impact of Islam'), but who does not seem to be referenced in Scott's book....
Not since Doughty has such a diatribe against Islam been unleashed on an unsuspecting Muslim readership. Emmet Scott has written a poorly referenced work with exaggerated, unsubstantiated, old saws we have heard for centuries through Pococke, Mandeville, Muir and Lawrence.
It has more than the conventional, secular Christian litany of anti-Muslim jibes. The only real substantiation of any part of his thesis comes from the well known nut case anti Islamicist, Gisèle Littman. Scott joins the mortal fabulist, Christopher Hitchens, as a co-contender for the most Islamophobic writer of the twenty-first century. How could any rational historian fly in the face of centuries of received wisdom, allied with DNA evidence from his many blood descendants still living today, in his claim that there never was a Prophet Muhammad?
Emmet Scott has stated that during the eleventh to the fourteenth centuries Christendom had no concept of the ''holy war'' and, as such, these had been promulgated by Muslims. He claims that Islam promoted ''toxic ideas'' such as the holy war, which he believes was completely unknown to Christianity. But the first Crusade by the English king at the end of the eleventh century was nothing if not a holy war to recapture Jerusalem from the control of Islam. I despair of the modern historian who can make such outlandish claims in ''The Impact of Islam'' which I fear might be the next ''Satanic Verses''.
In his new book ‘’The Impact of Islam’’, Scott makes some amazing conclusions about received Islamic history.Read more ›