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By Max I. Dimont
From old Palestine via Europe and Asia, to the US and glossy Israel, Max I. Dimont exhibits how the saga of the Jews is interwoven with the tale of just about each country in the world.
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Because the Jews wouldn't aid him, he determined to confiscate their wealth to serve his reason. He felt yes conflict opposed to the Jews wouldn't arouse the suspicions of the Quraish, who have been resentful of Jewish riches, even supposing tolerant in their faith. yet rather than sharing the loot with the Quraish, Muhammad used his newfound wealth to equip a military of 10000 males which he marched opposed to Mecca. It was once too past due for the Quraish to remorse their mistake in now not aligning themselves with the Jews; seeing Muhammad’s power, they capitulated. inside of years all Arabia fell lower than Muhammad’s rule. Islam, the identify of Muhammad’s new creed, used to be the faith of the land. In 632 Muhammad died. “If we pass judgement on greatness via impression, he used to be one of many giants of history,” stated Will Durant of Muhammad. simply as Muhammad was once the “conquering note” of Allah, so Abu Bekr, good friend and successor to Muhammad, was once the “conquering sword” of Allah. It used to be Abu Bekr who carried the Koran to a global which was once no longer watching for it, yet which heeded the graceful of the scimitar that unfold it. within the 6th century the Arabs have been desolate tract nomads, within the 7th century they have been conquerors at the march, within the 8th century they have been masters of an empire that made the Mediterranean an Islamic lake, and within the 9th century they have been the standard-bearers of a stunning civilization, leaders in artwork, structure, and technology, whereas Western Europe was once sinking deeper and deeper right into a darkish morass of its personal making. one after the other, nations within the course of the Arabs fell prior to their onslaughts—Dam—ascus in 635, Palestine in 638, Syria in 640, Egypt in 641. The defeat of the Sassanid Empire in 636 merits a sympathetic footnote. The day the numerically inferior Arabs attacked, a sandstorm blinded some of the best Sassanid armies. Their defeat used to be as uncalled for because the defeat of Peter the good of Russia on the hand of King Karl XII of Sweden on the conflict of Narva in 1700, while 8,000 Swedes received over 80,000 Muscovites simply because a storm from snow blinded the latter. on the conflict of Poltava, 9 years later, besides the fact that, Peter, who prudently selected an afternoon in July, had his revenge over the Swedes. The Sassanids too had a moment probability, however it led to catastrophe, whilst their military of 150,000 was once annihilated by way of 30,000 Arabs. It used to be the top of the Sassanid Empire. via seven-hundred A. D. the jap half the Byzantine Empire and all of North Africa had fallen into the palms of the Muslims. In 711 a combined strength of Arabs and Berbers led by way of a freed slave named Tariq invaded Spain, and by way of 715 they'd crossed the Pyrenees. there has been not anything to forestall them other than undesirable success. As relating to the Huns, who have been stopped by means of the French on the conflict of Châlons, so the French, less than the management of Charles Martel, stopped the invading Muslims at excursions, in 732. This conflict led to an influence stalemate for either Muslims and Christians. even if the unfold of Islam used to be checked within the East through the Byzantine Empire and within the West via France, the unfold of Christianity into Africa and Asia used to be checked through the counterforce of Islam.