- 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: 6 customer reviews
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 920,927 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Impact of Islam Paperback – 1 Jan 2014
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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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I have one criticism about the book.Emmet Scott tends to lean toward Christianity.Atleast in his book,'The impact of Islam',I notice this tendency.For instance, he states that women were respected in Christianity as opposed to Islam.Iam afraid,that isn't correct.I request everybody to read,'Woman,the church and the state'written by an American lady,Matilda Joslyn Gage,in the last decade of the 19th century.The book is a shocking account of the position of women in Christendom.Nonetheless as a non-Christian and a non-Muslim I find that to be much better than the position of women under Islam even today.The abominations such as the scold's bridle and the ducking stool have become forgotten in the Christendom.Judaism also wants adulterers to be stoned to death,like Islam.But Jews are not clamouring for that kind of punishment anywhere.Truly Christianity and Judaism have evolved,but that doesn't seem to be happening in Islam.Therefore allowing the facts to speak for themselves,is the best course for Emmet Scott to adopt in his future books.But if he leans towards any side then that would certainly detract from his polemic.
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....
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