Tuesday, 15 October 2013

It's our birthday. Today in History: The Battle of Tours

19th Century illustration of Battle of Tours by A. de Neuville
Precisely 100 years after the death of Islam’s prophet Muhammad in 632, his Arab followers, after having conquered thousands of miles of lands from Arabia to Spain, found themselves in Gaul, modern day France, facing a hitherto little known people, the Christian Franks.
There, around October 10-11, in the year 732, one of history’s most decisive battles took place, demarcating the extent of Islam’s western conquests and ensuring the survival of the West.....
Read the rest from the redoubtable Raymond Ibrahim.