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Much Debatable History Lesson

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Submitted by Matthew Scribner (Canada), Apr 16, 2004 at 12:10

Mr Pipes -

You seem to be of the belief that Islam was the cause in delaying the West's conquest of Africa. This is not the case. The African campaign was universally applied - both to Muslim states and those practicing traditional beliefs – only in the late 18oo's. In fact, Islam proved to be no deterrent to American slavers in the previous century. Nor was it for the British in Pakistan/Bangladesh, who would have been quite happy to hold on to their territory had they not been ousted – by a pacifist uprising.
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