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Islamic invaders learned from each other --Constantinople 1453 and Delhi 1398--

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Submitted by Prashant, May 29, 2017 at 19:09

Dear Dr Pipes,

The only purpose that reciting history serves is that we can learn lessons from it so bad parts of history do not repeat and good parts do. Your citations describing the May 29, 1453 siege of Constantinople painted a horrifying picture in which attackers mercilessly killed anyone who came in their way and finally reached Hagia Sophia and also killed the people who took refuge in the church.

One would like to believe that it was just one incidence perpetrated by one army on one group of unfortunate people who believed in God's angels and did not fight ruthless fire with ruthless fire. But that is not true. It seems the invaders of Constantinople learned from what the invader of Delhi had done just 55 years prior. On 17 December 1398, Uzbek barbarian Timurlane killed 100,000 citizens of Delhi in one night. That was thousands of miles form Uzbekistan and Timurlane was not defending himself. It is said that on that day Delhi residents started to believe that the God was on the side of the attacker. Did the invaders of Constantinople take a leaf from the book of the attacker of Delhi? (Incidentally, the Boston marathon bomber shared his name with this Delhi attacker).

I have written many times on your site that just 60 or 70 odd years of the death of Muhammad, Islam had reached thousands of miles to the east into Sindh and, with an uncanny symmetry, it had reached thousands of miles to the west into Spain. One would like to believe that the attack on Sindh and Spain were unrelated campaigns in which random warriors attacked random lands but, more likely than that, they were coordinated campaigns in which the attackers shared know how and resources. And they did so in the name of a religion and toward the cause of God.

But what good is history if we do not learn from it? No one can prove that last week's killings in Cairo and London are continuation of the same legacy. Nor should anyone prove. But we can demand that Islamic countries bring democracy and freedom of thought to the lands controlled by them because till just few decades or centuries ago, those lands were not Islamic and who knows which other lands will Muslim capture in the next few decades.

So, thank you, for writing about the plight of Hagia Sophia. No one can prove who did anything wrong and who was pious. But we know that Hagia Sophia once was a Christian church. And we should demand today that Syria, by way of just one example, that is exporting people all over the world become a democracy today and now. Amen, as some would say.

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Title Commenter Date Thread
Some extensive syncretistic empires are commendable [22 words]Wallace LiechtyJan 4, 2018 19:52241763
No Christians in America [75 words]spaJun 21, 2017 23:46239681
An Islamist Advising an Art Museum... [9 words]DaveJun 12, 2017 05:12239561
The Sacrilege of the Hagia Sophia [164 words]M ToveyJun 1, 2017 15:00239414
The Sacrilege of the Hagia Sophia [164 words]M ToveyJun 1, 2017 14:59239413
Most of the conquered fervently Chrisian [353 words]HistorianJun 5, 2017 18:51239413
Constantinople was Never Meant to be the Center of the Church - neither is Babylon nor Rome [419 words]M. ToveyJun 9, 2017 11:40239413
An Islamist Advising an Art Museum... [9 words]DaveMay 30, 2017 18:29239394
Islamists Running a Museum Problematic [90 words]DaveMay 30, 2017 15:39239393
MANY THANKS [70 words]BASIL BAKLISMay 30, 2017 08:59239391
Name of Museum [51 words]Richard Sadove MDMay 30, 2017 08:27239390
1Lessons of history: Do not listen to pacififists, self-haters, Islamophiles or the chronically naive [157 words]DeanMay 30, 2017 06:11239389
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3no shame [86 words]NuritGMay 29, 2017 22:29239383
1European and Islamic colonists [110 words]
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5Islamic invaders learned from each other --Constantinople 1453 and Delhi 1398-- [457 words]PrashantMay 29, 2017 19:09239381
2Florida Museum Celebrates the Loss of Hagia Sophia [87 words]Judith DaviesMay 29, 2017 17:47239379
3The least we can do is expose Islamic hypocrisy. [80 words]PrashantMay 30, 2017 22:36239379
1Istanbus is Constantinople [97 words]steven bowmanMay 29, 2017 16:49239375
Hagia Sophia [33 words]SteveMay 29, 2017 16:19239374
6Turning the cultural tables [155 words]Ryan EwaldMay 29, 2017 12:54239372

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