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    Dear Jeff & & those interested, Here is a history of the Arabs in Sicily which is right to the point:
    Message 1 of 1 , Oct 12, 2001
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      Dear Jeff & & those interested,
      Here is a history of the Arabs in Sicily which is right to the point:


      "In the cities that had opposed resistance all the were killed and the women
      and the boys reduced in slavery. The women and the most beautiful boys were
      sent to Africa for the pleasure of the conquerors and their co-religionists.

      The inhabitants of the Sicilian cities that had surrendered without fighting
      could keep on practising the Christian religion but:

      - they had to bring identification marks on their suits and on their houses;

      - they had to pay more taxes;

      - they could not occupy positions that entailed authority over the Muslims;

      - they could not marry a Muslim (but a Muslim could marry a Christian);

      - they could not build new churches;

      - they could not ring the bells;

      - they could not make processions;

      - they could not read the Bible within the radius of the hearing of a

      - they could not drink wine in public;

      - they had to get up when a Muslim entered the room;

      - they had to let the Muslims pass first in the public road;

      - they could not bring weapons;

      - they could not ride;

      - they could not saddle their mules;

      - they could not build great houses as those of the Muslims.

      Hundreds of thousand of Muslims immigrated to Sicily. The juridical
      advantages granted to them, the availability of lands seized to the
      Christians, the possibility to have labour at low cost (Christians driven to
      hunger because of plunderings), the abundance of slaves (girls and boys)
      constituted an irresistible attraction for people who lived in the
      desolation of the desert. The Africans found in Sicily a terrestrial heaven,
      the Christians the hell.

      Arab militarism began soon after the death of Mohammed:


      "Of all the lost territories (today's Spain, Morocco, Algeria, Tunisia,
      Libya, Egypt, Israel, Palestine, Lebanon, Jordan, Syria, Iraq, Turkey) only
      Spain would have been freed after a long and hard struggle."

      Best Regards,
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