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Jihad in the West: Muslim Conquests from the 7th to the 21st Centuries Hardcover – 1 Oct 1998

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  • Hardcover: 442 pages
  • Publisher: Prometheus Books; 1st Edition edition (1 Oct. 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1573922471
  • ISBN-13: 978-1573922470
  • Product Dimensions: 14.3 x 2.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (7 customer reviews)
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About the Author

Paul Fregosi (Sydney, Australia), born in Marseilles and educated in Britain, is the author of the widely praised Dreams of Empire: Napoleon and the First World War 1792-1815.


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What has the West ever done to us Muslims? The West is a mess; war, famine, Kanye West; the silly old West! Why, didn't you know that the 20th century was a veritable bloodbath excreted from the bowels of the West? Communism, Fascism, Nazis, Americanism; yes, Americanism too; all rubbish! A one off, you say? Well let us rewind the tape to the 19th century. Colonialism, the Belgian Congo, Jane Austen, the late Victorian holocaust (in India), the invention of laissez-faire economics, the work ethic, eugenics, the rubber trade in Africa and South America. Did you know that if the tribes couldn't meet their designated quota in rubber, they would pay the equivalent weight in human flesh? That was rubbish too! Are you still not persuaded of the unique evilness of the West? How about the 16th century, when the European pallets discovered the taste for sugar and Christian morality, another Western invention, was too weak to halt the re-ignited slave trade. And poor old India, conquered and its people butchered by, you guessed it... Islam!!!

Paul Fregosi argues that Islam got there first. There was a sort of peaceful slumber at the beginning of the 7th century. The Western Roman Empire had morphed into the barbarian kingdoms and the Eastern Roman Empire and the Persian Empire were enfeebled and unable to draw much more spirit, until the Jihad re-ignited history. Fregosi is not saying that this was a bad thing. The Christians were just as bad to their subjects as the Muslims were and Islam does protect `the people of the book'. However, the historical evidence does show that Islam got there first and Jihad for the prophet is the drive of the religion of peace.
This is what warriors do, you see.
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This well researched, easy to read and perhaps timely book grips the readers attention throughout.
A contention is held in the book that the described Muslim military conquests of centuries past, and the terrorist campaigns of the modern day, share much more than just the same name of “Jihad” but also encompass what the book cites as the Muslim "distaste for and basic antagonism to" the entire non-Muslim world that is described herein as being seen to be “blasphemers and infidels”.
While some readers may find such comments to be contentious or inflammatory, the book submits these subjects to a meticulous scrutiny with a view to presenting an appropriate context to these assertions.
Throughout it is clear that the writer strives to provide an objective analysis wherever possible without attacking the fundamental aspects of the Islamic religion - instead attempting to concentrate on the context of it’s implications & relationship to the furtherance of Jihad itself.
The writer states that Jihad has possibly been the most unrecorded and disregarded major event of history and introduces his study as perhaps being one of the first pertaining to the subject of Jihad, arguing that history has largely ignored what are described as the Muslim attacks and invasions of Europe from the seventh to the twentieth centuries, instead being content to remain transfixed on the Christian Crusades.
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YES! Allah's holy Law of War is in fact the most important religious duty in Islam, obligatory for all Muslims. This is absolutely clear in the Qur'an, the Hadith-traditional stories, the very first valid histories by Ibn Ishaq and Tabari, and Islamic law. Islam must reign supreme over all other religions and laws. Jihad is the pinnacle of Islam.
Qur’an 9:29 Fight those who believe not in Allah nor the Last Day, nor hold that forbidden which hath been forbidden by Allah and His Messenger, nor acknowledge the religion of Truth, of the People of the Book, until they pay the Jizya with willing submission, and feel themselves subdued.
The phrase la ilaha illa allah in the Qur’an: in Mecca 37:35, 38:4-10 and Medina 47:19.
In these it means religious war for supremacy against all disbelievers.
Qur’an 47:19 Muhammad So know that La ilaha illallah, there is no god except Allah.
Maududi says: This was at the time of the battle of Badr. It is also entitled al-Qital, the Fighting, because it gives the firm command for Jihad, and its theme is to prepare the Muslims for war against disbelievers and to give them instructions about those who kill and those who are killed: Qur’an 9:111
Qur’an 9: 111 Verily, Allah has purchased of the believers their lives and their properties for (the price) that theirs shall be the Paradise. They fight in Allah's cause, so they kill and are killed.
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If you like your history cold and seemingly impartial, do not read this book. Mr Fregosi has combined a lot of little-known facts about the conquests of the Islamic Jihad throughout history. He doesn't shy away from expressing some definite opinions, either. I can see why this book has come into the crosshairs of the political correctness police as well as some adherents to Islam; he certainly doesn't hide his own opinions of historical events, and has a very Olde School Latin European conservative outlook on the way people should behave. (For instance, he talks a lot about honour and duty in the old chivalrous manner. Very few people use that sort of language any more, but maybe that's what is missing in a lot of modern discourse, who knows?)
It is refreshing to read a history book that doesn't hide its intentions.
If you have a problem with that, but are open-minded enough to take the facts, which he presents in a well-balanced manner, despite the editorial slant, there is more than enough food for thought to keep you going.
He also has a unique, quirky style of narrative, which is probably not to everyone's taste; it's a good read nonetheless.
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