Europe owes as much to Islam as to Christianity, says Jacques Chirac, and if you believe that, please contact me for some excellent suspension bridge deals. But as part of the ongoing propaganda for Turkey in the EU and acceptance of the transformation — Islamization — of Europe, the BBC will air An Islamic History of Europe (thanks to Dr JDJ):
At a time when many see East and West as set on an inevitable collision course, Rageh Omaar uncovers the hidden story of Europe’s Islamic past and looks back to a golden age when European civilisation was enriched by Islamic learning.
Rageh travels across medieval Muslim Europe to reveal the vibrant civilisation that Muslims brought to the West.
This evocative film brings to life a time when emirs and caliphs dominated Spain and Sicily and Islamic scholarship swept into the major cities of Europe.
His journey reveals the debt owed to Islam for its vital contribution to the European Renaissance.
This is ahistorical and one-sided. You will be able to find a more balanced view this summer in my book The Politically Incorrect Guide to Islam and the Crusades (forthcoming from Regnery).