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Tuesday, June 24, 2008

American Muslims Name School after Islamic Conqueror of Spain

About a month ago or so, a scandal broke out into the media sphere and the blogosphere in the USA about a Muslim charter school in Minnesota. The school was controlled by Muslim private persons, yet it received substantial public funding. The scandal arose from violations by the school of the conditions of its receiving public funding. The scandal intensified when non-Muslim journalists were attacked on school premises when trying to investigate the charges. This school was/is called the Tariq ibn Ziyad Academy. The major question that has not been asked by most media --MSM or blogs-- reporting on this affair is just who is this Tariq fellow. The answer to that question would tell us with whom these American Muslims identify.

Here are accounts of Tariq by respected historians Bernard Lewis & Carl Brockelmann:
It was in Spain that the Arabs achieved their greatest and most enduring conquest in Europe. . . Tariq, a Berber freedman [that is, a former slave] of Musa ibn Nusair, the Arab governor of north-west Africa, prepared a larger [second] expedition [to Spain] and in the Spring of 711 . . . landed some 7,000 men at Gibraltar (Jabal Tariq). From here he advanced into the interior [of Spain]. . . [after 712] the Arab advance was rapid and by 718 they had occupied the greater part of the peninsula [Spain & Portugal] and crossed the Pyrenees into southern France where their advance was checked only by the Franks under Charles Martel at the battle of Poitiers in 732. . ."
[B Lewis, The Arabs in History (London: Hutchinson 1970), pp 120-121]
Tariq ibn Ziyad [and Musa ibn Nusayr]. . . subjugated all of northern Spain from Saragossa to Navarre. [C Brockelmann, The History of the Islamic Peoples (New York: Capricorn 1960), p 84]
So these American Muslims using Minnesota state funds to propagate their religion, are telling us that they identify with a Muslim military leader who conquered a Western country which was subject to discriminatory Muslim rule over non-Muslims, in whole or in part, for nearly eight centuries. Did the Minnesota department of education approve of the choice of name? Could we say that the Muslims who set up the school were metaphorically spitting in the faces of non-Muslim Minnesotans?? Could we call the school's name a provocation?? Does naming their school after a bloody conqueror mean that George Bush's view of Islam as a "religion of peace" might be mistaken??
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Here is info on the Tarek ibn Ziyad [Tariq ibn Ziyad] Academy and the violence on its campus:
Assault on TV news crew, Tariq ben Ziyad Academy & here & here.

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Coming: More on Jews caught up in the Armenian genocide, Obama Is the War Candidate, peace follies, propaganda, Jews in Jerusalem, Hebron, the Land of Israel, archeology in Jerusalem, etc.

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  • Dhimmis will be dhimmis. Public schools will be named after moslem leaders in the next 20 years.

    By Blogger Mad Zionist, at 7:43 PM  

  • yes, I know. Tariq only wanted to bring peace to Spain, for Islam is the ROP.

    By Blogger Eliyahu m'Tsiyon, at 9:44 PM  

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  • The initial Muslim jihad conquest of Iberia, and imposition of dhimmitude, from The Legacy of Jihad, p. 56:

    The Iberian peninsula was conquered in 710-716 C.E. by Arab tribes originating from northern, central and southern Arabia. Massive Berber and Arab immigration, and the colonization of the Iberian peninsula, followed the conquest. Most churches were converted into mosques. Although the conquest had been planned and conducted jointly with a faction of Iberian Christian dissidents, including a bishop, it proceeded as a classical jihad with massive pillages, enslavements, deportations and killings. Toledo, which had first submitted to the Arabs in 711 or 712, revolted in 713. The town was punished by pillage and all the notables had their throats cut. In 730, the Cerdagne (in Septimania, near Barcelona) was ravaged and a bishop burned alive. In the regions under stable Islamic control, subjugated non-Muslim dhimmis -Jews and Christians- like elsewhere in other Islamic lands – were prohibited from building new churches or synagogues, or restoring the old ones. Segregated in special quarters, they had to wear discriminatory clothing. Subjected to heavy taxes, the Christian peasantry formed a servile class exploited by the dominant Arab ruling elites; many abandoned their land and fled to the towns. Harsh reprisals with mutilations and crucifixions would sanction the Mozarab (Christian dhimmis) calls for help from the Christian kings. Moreover, if one dhimmi harmed a Muslim, the whole community would lose its status of protection, leaving it open to pillage, enslavement and arbitrary killing.

    By the end of the eighth century, the rulers of North Africa and of Andalusia had introduced rigorous Maliki jurisprudence as the predominant school of Muslim law. Thus, as Evariste Lévi-Provençal, observed, three quarters of a century ago:

    "The Muslim Andalusian state thus appears from its earliest origins as the defender and champion of a jealous orthodoxy, more and more ossified in a blind respect for a rigid doctrine, suspecting and condemning in advance the least effort of rational speculation."

    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 4:24 PM  

  • Prof Andrew Bostom is the compiler of two important collections of documents and articles on Islam, Islamic history, jihad, and Muslim Jueophobia.

    The Legacy of Jihad

    The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism

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    By Blogger Eliyahu m'Tsiyon, at 4:37 PM  

  • correction:

    Muslim JuDeophobia

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