Brother Ali vs. White Supremacy part 26
Although the Moors entered Iberia (Portugal and Spain first), i will first talk about the Muslims in Sicily. This is for my Eye-Talian peeps out there!
Again, Sam said that the Muslims had a negligible influence on Europe and its Renaissance. Another ploy of white racists is to keep moving the goal posts. They’ll say that there were no “blacks” in Egypt, and then when you present evidence on top of evidence, then they’ll say that they must have been slaves, or that it wasn’t the blacks who contributed. When I went into the issue of the influence of the Moors upon the “West” and presented the evidence, i was accused of flinging fecal matter hoping that some of it would stick. So first they claim there is no evidence… and then they claim that you are presenting too much evidence. That’s right folks… that’s a person’s brain on racism.
From Wiki (not saying that it is a reliable source… but no one doubts the Muslim conquest of Sicily–and i have a translation of Ibn Jubayr’s book):
“The new Muslim rulers initiated land reforms which in turn, increased productivity and encouraged the growth of smallholdings, a dent to the dominance of the landed estates. The Arabs further improved irrigation systems, and items such as oranges, lemons, pistachio and sugarcane were introduced to Sicily. A description of Palermo was given by Ibn Hawqal, a Baghdad merchant who visited Sicily in 950. A walled suburb called the Kasr (the palace) is the center of Palermo until today, with the great Friday mosque on the site of the later Roman cathedral. The suburb of Al-Khalisa (Kalsa) contained the Sultan’s palace, baths, a mosque, government offices, and a private prison. Ibn Hawqual reckoned 7,000 individual butchers trading in 150 shops. By 1050, Palermo had a population of 350,000, making it one of the largest cities in Europe, second only to Islamic Spain’s capital Cordova, which had a population of 450,000. In contrast, under the succeeding Christian Kingdom of Sicily, Palermo’s population had dropped to 150,000, though it became the largest city in Europe due to the larger decline in Cordova’s population; by 1330, Palermo’s population had declined to 51,000.
“Arab traveler, geographer, and poet Ibn Jubair visited the area in the end of the 12th century and described Al-Kasr and Al-Khalisa (Kalsa):
“The capital is endowed with two gifts, splendor and wealth. It contains all the real and imagined beauty that anyone could wish. Splendor and grace adorn the piazzas and the countryside; the streets and highways are wide, and the eye is dazzled by the beauty of its situation. It is a city full of marvels, with buildings similar to those of Cordoba [sic], built of limestone. A permanent stream of water from four springs runs through the city. There are so many mosques that they are impossible to count. Most of them also serve as schools. The eye is dazzled by all this splendor.”
(Repeat: not saying that Wiki is a reliable source, but it is WIDELY ACKNOWLEDGED by fair-minded historians that the Muslims had a significant impact on Sicilian culture that remained loooooong after they were defeated.)