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  • 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
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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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The impact of Islam,more particularly the baneful impact of it on many lands,is vastly undervalued in general.In third world countries like India which were under European colonialism less than a century back but had been under the much heavier yoke of Islam for an even longer period,the leadership of these countries have and are doing their utmost to obliterate the record of Islam but are at the same time demonising the West.Hence negationism is a big success story in these countries.But the story seems to be much the same in Europe and the new world.As Emmet Scott himself notes,Henri Pirenne's path breaking work was either ignored or retorted with pro-Islamic contempt.This was in the 1930s when the age of pro-Islamic rectitude was yet to begin.Again as observed by Emmet Scott,Robert Briffault had glorified the contribution of Islam to Europe,in the 1910s.Mysteriously the world seems to be in darkness with regard to Islamic aggression.People like Emmet Scott should bring out the history of Islamic impact in sufficient detail.Yes,that is the dire need of the hour.This need has always been there,but better late than never this need ought to be fulfilled.How many people would have been knowing about the Barbary menace and the genesis of the United States navy?that some people are talking about it today is only because of 11/9/2001.The whole world knows about American slavery and Abraham Lincoln's opposition to it.But hardly anybody knows about who supplied those slaves to America.A Pears Cyclopaedia annual issue of the early 1930s,also constituted a dictionary section.In it,for the word 'pogrom',apart from the meaning an example is also given to illustrate the meaning.The example cited is:the organized killing of the Jews by the Tsarist state of Russia in the late 19th century.Read more ›
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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.
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I found this book provocative and entertaining and strongly recommend it to anyone who might enjoy a study of the historical impact of Islam that does not seek to be politically correct. But it must be said that some of the book is going over ground covered in 'Mohammed and Charlemagne', by the same author.

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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The Literary Apologist for Secular Christianity. Emmet Scott, ''The Impact of Islam''.

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.
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