O.K. I'm starting this thread because we often hear in discussions about Islamist terrorism how European colonialism is the cause thereof, however, what is often overlooked (or even largely unknown) is that Islam has infacted engaged in imperialist expansionism on just as large a scale as the European powers, and what's more, unlike European colonialism, Islamic occupation of the lands they conquered has become permanent through systematic genocide and arabization programs against the native peoples.
For example one of (if not the largest) genocides in human history was perpetrated by the Muslim imperialists in the Indian subcontinent, estimates assert that the Indian population declined by 80 million people under Islamic rule.
These were not all the result of disease like in the Americas this was the result of a systematic genocide in which all non-Muslims were either killed, converted, or subjugated as dhimmi third class citizens under the 20 humiliations. One example is the murder of 100 thousand prisoners by the Shah Timur as recorded by Timur himself:Koenraad Elst quotes Professor K.S. Lal's "Growth of Muslim population in India", who writes that according to his calculations, the Hindu population decreased by 8O MILLION between the year 1000 and 1525. INDEED PROBABLY THE BIGGEST HOLOCAUST IN THE WHOLE WORLD HISTORY. (Negat.34)
80 million Hindus massacred by Muslims. The West is next.
In fact the Hindus got off lucky that they could become dhimmis under the Hanafite school of Islamic jurisprudence, because under all other schools of Sharia dhimmi status was reserved only for Christians and Jews.Timur himself recorded the invasions in his memoirs, collectively known as Tuzk-i-Timuri. In them, he vividly described the massacre at Delhi:
In a short space of time all the people in the [Delhi] fort were put to the sword, and in the course of one hour the heads of 10,000 infidels were cut off. The sword of Islam was washed in the blood of the infidels, and all the goods and effects, the treasure and the grain which for many a long year had been stored in the fort became the spoil of my soldiers. They set fire to the houses and reduced them to ashes, and they razed the buildings and the fort to the ground....All these infidel Hindus were slain, their women and children, and their property and goods became the spoil of the victors. I proclaimed throughout the camp that every man who had infidel prisoners should put them to death, and whoever neglected to do so should himself be executed and his property given to the informer. When this order became known to the ghazis of Islam, they drew their swords and put their prisoners to death.
One hundred thousand infidels, impious idolators, were on that day slain. Maulana Nasiruddin Umar, a counselor and man of learning, who, in all his life, had never killed a sparrow, now, in execution of my order, slew with his sword fifteen idolatrous Hindus, who were his captives....on the great day of battle these 100,000 prisoners could not be left with the baggage, and that it would be entirely opposed to the rules of war to set these idolaters and enemies of Islam at liberty...no other course remained but that of making them all food for the sword.
According to Malfuzat-i-Timuri, Timur targeted Hindus. In his own words, "Excepting the quarter of the saiyids, the 'ulama and the other Musalmans [sic], the whole city was sacked". In his descriptions of the Loni massacre he wrote, "..Next day I gave orders that the Musalman prisoners should be separated and saved."
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Furthermore; this occupation and oppression continues to this very day, half of India has been permanently colonized by dar al-Islam IE Pakistan which even in the continues the genocide of Hindus that the Sultans started eg between 300 hundred thousand and 3 million Hindus were killed in 1971 during operation searchlight in Bangladesh.
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With the recent terrorist attacks in India allthough tragic it is important to remeber that it is only part of a larger picture and a drop in the bucket compared with the ongoing Islamist genocide and occupation of the Indian subcontinent. And this is only a single region in the global jihadist grand strategy of bringing the entire world into the fold of dar al-Islam through offensive Jihad eg Umayyad Conquest of North Africa which started in around 600 A.D. the conquest of Hispania which occurred in the 700's, and the invasions of Southern Italy which occurred in the 800's, the crusades didn't start until 1000 AD.
The Rashidun first in engaged in the unprovoked war of aggression against the Zoroastrian Sassanid Empire of Persia they conquered Persia and Mesopotamia between 633 and 656, they then conquered Syria in 637, then they conquered Armenia in 639, then they conquered Egypt in 639, then they conquered North Africa in 652.
Under the Umayyads they finished their conquest of North Africa in 665, then between 662 and 709 they conquered Afghanistan, Uzbekistan, Tajikistan, Turkmenistan, Uzbekistan, and southwest Kazakhstan, then between 664 and 712 they conquered the Indian sub-continent, then between 711 and 718 they conquered the Iberian Peninsula of Hispania, they then laid siege to Constantinople between 717 and 718, then between 711 and 750 they conquered the Caucasus, they then conquered Tbilisi in 736, and they then conquered southern Italy in 827.
And there's more, one often hears about the evils of the European slave trade, however, how many people have ever heard of the Arab slave trade which was just as long lasting and larger in scale than the European slave trade. It is estimated that the Arabs traded between 11 and 18 million slaves between 650 AD and 1900 AD compared to the estimates of 9.4 to 14 million slaves traded in the transatlantic slave trade.
Approximately 18,000,000 Africans were delivered into the Islamic trans-Saharan and Indian Ocean slave trades between 650 and 1905.
Welcome to Encyclopdia Britannica's Guide to Black HistorySlavery in the east
Between 1450 and 1850 at least 12 million Africans were taken across the notorious Middle Passage of the Atlantic - mainly to colonies in North America, South America, and the West Indies.
However, Europe did not have a monopoly on slavery. Muslim traders also exported as many as 17 million slaves to the coast of the Indian Ocean, the Middle East, and North Africa.
BBC News | AFRICA | Focus on the slave tradeOver time, sub-Saharan Africa became the principal source of involuntary labor. Muslims were not the first people to enslave black Africans -- the ancient Egyptians had done it -- but they were the first to engage in it systematically on a massive scale. Going back to Islam's birth in the 7th century, historian Raymond Mauvy estimates that 14 million black slaves have been sold to Muslims. (This compares to Paul E. Lovejoy's estimate of 10 to 11 million Africans shipped in chains to the Western Hemisphere between 1650 and 1900; the vast majority of them were sent to Latin America and the Caribbean, and half a million to British North America and the U.S.)
The Unknown Slavery: In the Muslim world, that is — and it's not over | National Review | Find Articles at BNETSo the next time you hear someone making excuses for Islamist terorist attacks by labeling it as a response to persecution at the hands of the evil imperialist west, you can respond that this is not the result of European imperialism and foreign policy but in fact is simply an extension of Islamic Imperialism which has been occurring unabaited for more than one and a half millenia.How many people were enslaved?
A database compiled in the late 1990s put the figure for the transatlantic slave trade at more than 11 million people, but numbers are still contested.
The total number taken from eastern Africa and enslaved in the Arab world is considered to be between 9.4 and 14 million. The figures are uncertain due to the lack of written records.
BBC NEWS | Africa | Quick guide: The slave trade
"Yes, 'imperialism,' ... The deliberate and determined expansion of militant Islam and its attempt to triumph not only in the Islamic world but in Europe and North America. Pure ideology. Muslim terrorists kill and slaughter not because of what they experience but because of what they believe." -- Tawfik Hamid