In my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS, I recount how in July 1625, a twenty-ship contingent of jihadi pirates from Morocco arrived in Mount’s Bay in southern England. Bursting into the local parish church during a service, they captured sixty men, women, and children from the terrified congregation and took them back to Morocco, to live a life of slavery. At Looe, they took eighty more and set the town ablaze. In a series of similar raids, they took two hundred people as slaves and seized twenty-seven British ships as well.
All this is forgotten in England today, where any discussion of the jihad threat will get you charges of “Islamophobia” and “racism.” That’s the value of history: to remind people that people didn’t always think and act the same way, and that the present way they think and act may not be correct or wise, based on past experience. A good history book is like a ticket to a faraway, exotic land — but far cheaper, and generally more enlightening. Fight back against today’s prevailing and fashionable false assumptions: click here to preorder The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS.
EDITORS NOTE: This column originally appeared in Jihad Watch.