Claiming historical priority for Islam

Did you know that the Greeks and Greek Civilization are actually descended from Arabs? Did you realize that the Greek Language is actually 'of an Arabic origin'? Surely you knew that the rituals, poetry and beauty of Apollo were descended from the annual bathing ceremonies and the famous BAL dance, in the Yemeni plateau. Didn't you?

If not, you must have fallen behind in your reading of the Yemen Times, where one Fadal Al—Gatham tells us all these things, apparently based on his reading of a book which may be entitled something like 'The Book of Himiarite Vision.' The details are a bit vague, unlike his assertion and Arabian primacy in the genesis of Western Civilization. He 'graduated in 1989 in University of Aberyst Wythe in Wales. With honor degree in Economics & Politics,' so he might be one of the leading experts in Yemen.

This is not the first time we have encountered efforts to re—define the history of Arabs and Muslims vis——vis Western Civilization. Jonathan David Carson exposed the efforts to hype Islam's role in the origins of science for us a few days ago. Public school textbooks have been targeted by campaigns to emphasize the alleged early role of Muslims in the founding of America and other positive factors. There are even those who claim  that Muslims visited America centuries before Columbus. Ed Lasky warned our readers over a year ago that "Your children may learn that Muslims discovered America."

Think a moment about the direction in which all these efforts point: Islamic supremacism. These are the sorts of claims which could undergrid a demand for not just respect, but priority, supremacy, even domination.

Think long term, the way the jihadis do. If you plan to bring about a New Caliphate, a world  government based on Islamic Sharia law, there have to be at least semi—plausible foundations for claims that the proper order of things is for Muslims and Arabs to run the world. If Western Civilization self—evidently triumphed on a global scale, producing science, art, wealth, and culture on a scale inescapable in such daily activities as using the telephone, driving, or flying, proclaiming the supremacy of Islam may seem a bit shaky.

But if you rewrite history to claim that Western Civilization is but an offshoot of an older and therefore superior culture, then all problems in the modern day can be attributed to imperfections after slipping away from the source. The necessary corrective can then be portrayed as coming from the root stock of our civilization: Islam, which came from Mother Arabia.

The dhimmis, in other words, must understand that they are indeed inferior. Once they accept this, paying the jizya taxes levied on infidels allowed the privilege of living in Islamic Society, having their testimony be insufficient to convict a Believer, and being regarded as lesser beings may come to seem normal and even acceptable.

They can instantaneously be released from this burden by submitting to Islam, of course. Throughout its existence, Islam has offered this solution to all who have fallen under the domination of its swords. It is a potent force for domination and ultimately, legitimacy.

Outright historical fabrications can become accepted as fact, if repeated often enough, and if a documentary history accumulates, however bogus in origin. Truth as a unitary concept, so fundamental to our religion and science, has been in cultural eclipse for decades now. We have see fabricated history in many fields, such as black studies.

What we are seeing now is but the early stage of a much longer—term campaign to assert Islamic supremacy, and lay the fouyndation for a very different era in world history.

Thomas Lifson is the editor and publisher of The American Thinker.

Did you know that the Greeks and Greek Civilization are actually descended from Arabs? Did you realize that the Greek Language is actually 'of an Arabic origin'? Surely you knew that the rituals, poetry and beauty of Apollo were descended from the annual bathing ceremonies and the famous BAL dance, in the Yemeni plateau. Didn't you?

If not, you must have fallen behind in your reading of the Yemen Times, where one Fadal Al—Gatham tells us all these things, apparently based on his reading of a book which may be entitled something like 'The Book of Himiarite Vision.' The details are a bit vague, unlike his assertion and Arabian primacy in the genesis of Western Civilization. He 'graduated in 1989 in University of Aberyst Wythe in Wales. With honor degree in Economics & Politics,' so he might be one of the leading experts in Yemen.

This is not the first time we have encountered efforts to re—define the history of Arabs and Muslims vis——vis Western Civilization. Jonathan David Carson exposed the efforts to hype Islam's role in the origins of science for us a few days ago. Public school textbooks have been targeted by campaigns to emphasize the alleged early role of Muslims in the founding of America and other positive factors. There are even those who claim  that Muslims visited America centuries before Columbus. Ed Lasky warned our readers over a year ago that "Your children may learn that Muslims discovered America."

Think a moment about the direction in which all these efforts point: Islamic supremacism. These are the sorts of claims which could undergrid a demand for not just respect, but priority, supremacy, even domination.

Think long term, the way the jihadis do. If you plan to bring about a New Caliphate, a world  government based on Islamic Sharia law, there have to be at least semi—plausible foundations for claims that the proper order of things is for Muslims and Arabs to run the world. If Western Civilization self—evidently triumphed on a global scale, producing science, art, wealth, and culture on a scale inescapable in such daily activities as using the telephone, driving, or flying, proclaiming the supremacy of Islam may seem a bit shaky.

But if you rewrite history to claim that Western Civilization is but an offshoot of an older and therefore superior culture, then all problems in the modern day can be attributed to imperfections after slipping away from the source. The necessary corrective can then be portrayed as coming from the root stock of our civilization: Islam, which came from Mother Arabia.

The dhimmis, in other words, must understand that they are indeed inferior. Once they accept this, paying the jizya taxes levied on infidels allowed the privilege of living in Islamic Society, having their testimony be insufficient to convict a Believer, and being regarded as lesser beings may come to seem normal and even acceptable.

They can instantaneously be released from this burden by submitting to Islam, of course. Throughout its existence, Islam has offered this solution to all who have fallen under the domination of its swords. It is a potent force for domination and ultimately, legitimacy.

Outright historical fabrications can become accepted as fact, if repeated often enough, and if a documentary history accumulates, however bogus in origin. Truth as a unitary concept, so fundamental to our religion and science, has been in cultural eclipse for decades now. We have see fabricated history in many fields, such as black studies.

What we are seeing now is but the early stage of a much longer—term campaign to assert Islamic supremacy, and lay the fouyndation for a very different era in world history.

Thomas Lifson is the editor and publisher of The American Thinker.