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Islam, Europe and Egypt in the late antique period

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Apr 4, 2008 at 07:06

If we read the sources that are transmitted from Egypt in the late antique period (such sources survive in thousands of papyri) we discover that great civilizations can indeed fall for foreign religions and languages and in the process abandon their own great traditions. In the case of Egypt: Hellenism and pagansim and the great learning in the city of Alexandria fell victims first to monotheism (the Christian veriety) by the likes Shenouda (who was very much not unlike Sayyid Qutb in his ideas and fanaticism) but even Christian monotheism was not enough and then the people of Egypt fell for another extreme form of monotheism and that islam following the Arab invasion in 642CE.

Hellenism and paganism were not for the masses and the likes of Hypatia of Alexandria was not a match to the fanaticism of Shenouda. And the end result was Egypt fell to Christianity then to Islam and it was the begining of the dark ages for Egypt that lasted until the 19th century.

So what does this have to do with Europe? Democracy and education and secularism are no match to the simple and foolish answers that islam provides but human beings like the simple and the foolish. So I would not be surprised if Europe becomes Islamic and everyone will be speaking Arabic until another more sordid form of monotheism is invented

The question now is: how do we stop this from happening? I really do not have an answer

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