Historical Narratives

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Christian Civilization is the bloodiest and most violent of all civilizations in all of history?

The horrible truth is that, numerically and statistically speaking, Christian Civilization is the bloodiest and most violent of all civilizations in all of history, and is responsible for hundreds of millions of deaths. Even so, Muslims will never associate this violence and blood bath with the teachings of Jesus (peace be on him). Saint Augustine’s […]



My Take: Muslims should stop apologizing for 9/11

By Aman Ali, Special to CNN New York (CNN) – As a Muslim, I’m sick of people asking me how I feel about 9/11. What do you want me to say, seriously? Do you want me to say, “It was a great plan, mwahahaha!” before I fly off on a magic carpet? I was born and raised […]



Criminal Court to prosecute pope

Sex abuse victims ask International Criminal Court to prosecute pope By Richard Allen Greene, CNN (CNN) – Victims of abuse by Catholic priests asked the International Criminal Court to charge Pope Benedict XVI and other top Vatican officials with crimes against humanity, a victims’ group announced Tuesday. The pope and other church leaders “tolerate and enable the […]



U.S. Muslims happy with their country despite pressure, study finds

By Richard Allen Greene, CNN People look at Zeinab Chami a little warily sometimes, she says, especially when she travels outside big cities. She started wearing a headscarf when she was in her early 20s, making herself “a visible Muslim.” That “can really be an emotional strain,” she says. Life is getting harder for American Muslims, […]



Legend of Captain Jack Sparrow

by Shibli Zaman In the late 16th century a young boy collecting scraps of wreckage from the docks wondered if he’d ever leave Faversham in the borough of Kent, the hottest place in the entire United Kingdom. It was a marshy place of little importance to anyone but the brigand. Its docks were a haven […]



Captain Jack Sparrow was an Englishmen Who Embraced Islam

John Ward or Birdy (c. 1553 – 1622), also known as Jack Ward and under his Muslim nameYusuf Reis, was a notorious English pirate around the turn of the 17th century who later became a Muslim operating out of Tunis during the early 17th century. His real name was Captain Jack Ward and he was also known as Jack Birdy. He […]



Origin of the Cowboy Hat

One version goes back to the early 1800’s, and that the cowboy hat evolved from the Sombrero. And the Sombrero came from Muslim Spain.  From the Sombrero came the bowler hat, and the cowboy hat.  The story goes that cattle herders, arriving from the East to work on the plains, adopted the sombrero and remodelled […]



How Did Horses Get To America?

When we think of Indians we picture a warrior with a spear or bow and arrow sitting on a horse. But, the Indians did not always have horses. In fact, they did not always have bows and arrows, but that is a different story. This page is about horses and Indians. So, even before there […]



Cowboys, food, architecture, language carry Islamic markings

By Phyllis McIntosh Washington File Special Correspondent Washington — On the surface, it may seem like the United States and the Middle East are worlds apart, two separate cultures with little in common and no historical connections. In fact, there is considerable evidence to the contrary. Though little known, Islamic influence runs deep in American […]