(Mis)understanding Our History
Updated: Sep 11, 2019
Alonso King a visionary choreographer (who says Ballet actually comes from India) said in something in a stance podcast (Ep. 17) that I was impressed with:
“I think there’s a misunderstanding about most of our history. If you think about what Islam brought to Europe through Spain for 700 years in terms of maths, algebra, operations, surgery and architecture, it elevated the planet.”
He’s right, there’s a huge misunderstanding and not just Muslim Spain as I will share.
What Alonso’s referring to is the occupation of modern-day Spain and Portugal, which was then known as Al Andalus or Moorish Spain from 711 to 1492, by Muslims. Even stating that were Muslims is an omission because many of them were black after all the word Moor means black. If you don’t, believe me, there is evidence in the form of thousands of depictions of black Moors that line the streets and halls of Europe today.
The two most famed European universities in England (and others in France and Italy), Oxford and Cambridge were primarily born of its contacts with the Moors who were occupying Europe.
Dr Ivan Sertima in his book the Golden Age of the Moors (page 225) reveals that, “when one notes the period in which most Europeans oldest and finest universities [Oxford 1200 and Cambridge 1257] were established one cannot be struck by the proximity in time to the scientific flowering of European Centers [12th Century] for translation of Moorish documents.”
And one cannot!
Another overlooked and undervalued historical legacy by us, that we’re indebted to, is the existence of a civilisation before Greece and the falsely called ‘Greek Miracle’ (which is basically the belief that Greece gave birth to democracy, free-thinking, philosophy, rational science and empirical medicine), that essentially made the ‘Greek Miracle’ possible. That’s bullshit.
Martin Bernal in his book Black Athena (there’s an overview on YouTube featuring Martin) claims the classical Greeks were living in idyllic simplicity as tribes around the Aegean and along came the dark-skinned Egyptians and Semitic Phoenicians, who set-up colonies, built cities and introduced the arts of civilisations.
This is what he calls the revised ancient model and what was the ancient model, occurring 1000 years before the settling of Ancient Greece.
In other words, he’s returning to the view of history that was accepted by scholars until the beginning of the 19th Century.
He argues that the Ancient Model was overthrown by the Aryan model, not because of new information but that it didn’t fit the view of the early 19th Century, in which purity was a very good cultural thing and in which Europe was considered inherently better than Asia and Africa and so it was unthinkable to think that Europe was influenced by Africans and Semitic (Jewish and Arab) people.
Even the Ancient Greeks though proud of themselves and their accomplishments did not see their political institutions, science, philosophy or religion as their original. Instead, they derived them through the early colonisation and later study by Greeks abroad from the East in general and Egypt in particular.
An excerpt from his book (page 88) is compelling:
“The succession of Egyptian Black pharaohs sharing the name Mnthotpe had as a divine patron the hawk and bull God Mntw and Mont. It is during the same century that the Cretan palaces were established and one finds the beginning of the bull cult which appears on the walls of the palace and was central to Greek mythology about King Minos and Crete.”
The 1st, 11th, 12th and 18th dynasties were lead by black Egyptians.
As a note, the founder of Greek City state was an Egyptian. Also, Europeans of considerable fame, such as Francis Bacon, Adelard of Bath (who even attributed his knowledge to Moors in Spain) and Thomas Aquinas all were dependent on the erudition of the Moors.
In light of both the Moors and the Egyptians and Phoenicians, it is plausible to suppose that developments in Greece and Europe directly or indirectly reflected the rise of Egyptians Kingdoms and Moorish Spain respectively.