14 Aug 2012
Strikes me - having read the whole thing - that Scott could have given his work a different title, or subtitle:
"Europe: A Wounded Civlization".
In a nod to V S Naipaul's "India: A Wounded Civilization" (the wounding in question being - just like the ruin wreaked by the Muslims on Western and Eastern Christendom - largely due to..ISLAM).
I think I need to get Scott's book and then read it in conjunction with Naipaul's book, and perhaps also in conjunction with K S Lal's two books on what Islam did to India.
I don't know whether there is an accessible history - in English or in French or Italian - discussing the Nubian Christian society that was destroyed and Islamised in the 15th century, or discussing the embattled history of Christian Abyssinia, entrenched on its well-watered natural fortress of the Ethiopian plateau. But an account of what was done to Nubia, and of the skin-of-the-teeth survival of the Ethiopians (and what kind of society they were forced to create, to survive), together with Tidiane N'Diaye's history of the ruin wreaked by Islam upon black Africa - Le Genocide Voile - seems to me to be the other logical 'companion piece' to Scott's account.
Another thing to think about: China.
What happened to China when the sea route to the west/ southwest was controlled by Mohammedan pirates after the Islamisation of most of what is now Indonesia, in the 14th and 15th (if I recall correctly) centuries? And once the land routes to the west were controlled by marauding and mentally-stunted Muslims, after the Mongols and Turks mostly turned Muslim? China has had to deal with perpetual Mohammedan insurrection on her southwest and northwest, for centuries. The Hui today may seem quiescent, but they have in the past erupted into massive, violent Jihad.
One wonders whether it would be possible to examine Chinese history with a view to what China was like before contact with Islam, and what it became after it found itself having to endure and fight off prolonged forced contact with Islam from the 7th/ 8th century AD onward even unto the eruptions of Jihad in the western provinces in the 19th century (circa 1867) and in the 1930s?
There is a curious essay called 'allah and the spirits of the dead', which looks at the impact of Muslim transient raiders/ campers/ fishermen on the indigenous people of the coastlands of northwestern Australia. The author himself is a dhimmi fool, yet 'between the lines' one can see that the groups of coast-dwelling native Australians whose songs and stories he examines - who had a culture that like all known non-Islamic human cultures greatly valued visual arts and music, and that had a stronger emphasis on consensus and cooperation than many other 'stone age' societies [it should be noted that cousin marriage, among Aborigines, was viewed as tantamount to brother-sister incest and strongly tabooed] - were just as disoriented and psychologically damaged by their contact with muslims, as every other human culture, whether high or low, civilised or primitive, appears to have been.
Islam is a massive problem for the whole of humanity. It has been obsessively attacking and destroying the human soul and all its greatest works on three continents and is now proceeding to extend that damage directly to the Americas (where its indirect influence, via the Islamised behaviour of European conquerors, has already caused much grief) and to Australia and Oceania whose island peoples had barely been touched by it at the edges.