History you don't hear about
The harrowing true story that reveals the vast extent -- and shocking cruelty -- of the Islamic slave tradeWhite Goldby Giles MiltonThis is the forgotten story of the million white Europeans, taken in chains to the great slave markets of North Africa to be sold to the highest bidder. Ignored by their own governments, and forced to endure the harshest of conditions, very few lived to tell the tale. Now, using the firsthand testimony of a Cornish cabin boy named Thomas Pellow, Giles Milton vividly reconstructs this disturbing, little known chapter of history in White Gold: The Extraordinary Story of Thomas Pellow and Islam's One Million White Slaves.In the summer of 1716, Pellow and 51 of his comrades were captured at sea by the Barbary corsairs. Their captors -- Ali Hakem and his network of Islamic slave traders -- had declared war on the whole of Christendom, inflicting devastating attacks on France, Spain, England and Italy. Thousands of Europeans were literally snatched from their homes and taken in chains to the great slave markets of Algiers, Tunis and Salé in Morocco.
Pellow and his shipmates were bought by the tyrannical sultan of Morocco who was constructing an imperial pleasure palace of enormous scale and grandeur, built entirely by Christian slave labour. Living conditions were appalling, and slaves perished in huge numbers. As a pragmatic convert to Islam, Pellow fared better, and became one of Moulay Ismail's personal slaves, where he would witness first hand the barbaric splendour of he imperial court, as well as experience the daily terror of a cruel regime. After 20 years, he escaped back to England -- one of the few who survived to tell his tale, which is retold here in all its bone-chilling horror and spine-tingling excitement.
"Lively, and diligently researched, a chronicle of cruelty on a grand scale." -- Sunday Telegraph (UK)
"Sensational." -- The Spectator (UK)
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"Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century"
European leaders have made sure of that -- as this hair-raising exposé reveals Eurabia by Bat Ye'or
That prediction -- by Middle East expert Bernard Lewis -- shocked Western politicians and intellectuals last year. But now another renowned historian explains why the Islamization of Europe will happen much sooner than even Lewis warned.
Bat Ye'or (the author of ground breaking works on the oppression of non-Muslims in Islamic societies) reveals in Eurabia: The Euro-Arab Axis that Europe will be Islamic by the end of the century not by accident, but by design. The political and cultural capitulation of Europe to Islam has come about by the plan and foreknowledge of European leaders. Recounting agreement after devastating agreement, Bat Ye'or demonstrates here that the Europeans, spooked by the oil crisis of 1973, sold their cultural soul for oil. European leaders entered into a long series of pacts with the Arab League to secure favorable oil prices -- and a steady supply of cheap labor in Europe in the form of massive Muslim immigration.
But the price was steep: Arab leaders made sure that the Europeans would do nothing to assimilate the immigrants into European Christian culture, but would in fact make extensive efforts to make sure that they retained their Islamic identity -- and even their attachment to the model of an Islamic state. The institution responsible for this transformation -- which continues to propagate its ideological poison -- is the Euro-Arab Dialogue that has been developed by European (especially French) and Arab politicians and intellectuals over the past thirty years.
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Nor is that all. Eurabia reveals that the Europeans had a darker motive as well: they actively sought Arab Muslim help to build the European Union itself, so that it would become the chief rival to American power -- not an ally, but a counterweight to the United States on the world stage. And now, over thirty years after their series of agreements with the Arabs began, their massive effort is bearing bitter fruit: the immigration they have encouraged, and the assimilation they have neglected, has created a restive and fast-growing European Muslim population that is nothing less than a dagger poised at the heart of Europe. European powers have slavishly and shamelessly adopted the Arab League's visceral hostility to Israel and other foreign policy mandates. The end result is that Europe is on the way to becoming not a superpower, but a cultural and political backwater -- an appendage of the Arab/Muslim world. The new Europe is not a light to the world, but an anti-Christian, anti-Western, anti-American, and anti-Semitic monstrosity.
In Eurabia, Bat Ye'or continues the innovative research that has won her international renown as one of the world's leading contemporary historians, and provides an eye-opening guide to understanding the causes of the ever-widening crisis in Europe -- a crisis from which the cradle of Christian civilization may not recover.
"Future historians will one day regard her coinage of the term 'Eurabia' as prophetic."
-- Niall Ferguson, author, Empire: The Rise and Demise of the British World Order and the Lessons for Global Power