The Glorious Rise of Islam in Europe (2011)
Medieval Europe was a place of violence, barbarism and ignorance. Blind bigotry and barbarity ruled society. Measures such as forcible conversions, torture, and slaughter in the name of religion had spread all over Europe. Medieval Europe first made the acquaintance of Islam with the founding of the Andalusian Ummayyad state. With the Ottomans, regarded as one of the greatest empires in the history of the world, Islamic virtue and culture led to major advances on the continent. Many historians and sociologists today openly state that Islam played a major role in the development of the European culture. Islam, which first entered Europe through Andalusia, is having an even greater impact on the region today.