On October 10, 732 AD The armies of the Umayyad Caliphate were on the cusp of overrunning Europe.
Already having cornered infidel Spanish resistance to an Asturian pocket, forces under the Andalusian Governor had made massive headway into Southern and Central France thanks largely to the use of cavalry (nonexistent in Europe at the time) to crush the fledgling – in fact recently regarded as ‘barbarian’ by Rome – Christian kingdoms.
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Indeed, it turns out Western Europe has the French to thank for turning back the tide. For on that October day in the historically critical battle of Tours, Charles ‘The Hammer’ Martel would lead the first professional infantry force to be assembled in Europe since the Roman legions marched to break the Moorish invasion, kill their commander, and turn them back to Spain; where they would continue to hold power for centuries until the ‘Reconquista’. They would never manage to truly threaten the main continent again.
Before I overly rile the more ardent amongst you let’s just establish that Europe is not currently facing a malicious militaristic incursion from a globally hegemonic caliphate. For while Europe, with France ironically leading the pack, is seeing a sharp increase in the proportion of followers of Islam to other religions or the atheistic, the reality is those who are migrating there are almost universally doing so legally.
In the wake of rampant instability to the south and east of its shores, Europe has seen utterly record smashing influxes of asylum seeking refugees; almost entirely of Islamic affinity. Europe has, in the eyes of her openly leftist leaders, risen to the occasion in offering these desperate masses residence, with the EU’s premier economies, namely Germany and France, taking on the large burdens to ease border member states stuck processing the huddled masses.
This has resulted in a demographically astounding uptick in the Muslim makeup of Europe’s population. In fact, even accounting for *zero* immigration moving forward (which is laughably unlikely) statistical powerhouses like Pew project the population of Martel’s France to be 1/5 Islamic in merely a few decades. This more than doubling in short order would overwhelmingly be due to the disparity in birthrate between Muslims and their fellow European demographics.
Of course, accounting for no immigration is the analytical equivalent of running with the assumption of fairy dust imports. More openly conservative demographic statisticians have released empirical projections indicating that accounting for immigration and the birthrate disparity Europe will become majority Muslim as soon as two generations from now.
Of course, there’s nothing inherently *wrong* with what could be loosely alleged as natural – or at the least legal by the hosts – demographic shift; and in fact, Europe does actually need immigrants to maintain her various economies with the population projecting a concerning decline in total without it (largely thanks to those very low non-Muslim birthrates).
That being said such a rapid demographic shift is concerning news for Europeans worried about their distinct cultures and social norms being swept aside by an exploding population of people historically regarded as ‘outsiders’ and, more often than not, military enemies all the way to the Ottoman Empire’s downfall in WWI.
It has been problematic for countries seeing the sharpest increases, like France, to maintain traditional social and legal identities, like France’s famously zealous traditions of secular republicanism, rooting back to the Napoleonic revolutions. For example, the Wall Street Journal reports just this week,
President Emmanuel Macron’s government is considering giving parents a secular alternative to that intertwining of Arabic and Islam by prodding more of France’s public schools to offer children as young as age 6 Arabic lessons—without religious content.
The idea of teaching Arabic across the public-school system touches a nerve in France, a country that jealously guards the classroom as an incubator for its particular brand of colorblind, religion-free republicanism. The first public spaces where France banned the wearing of headscarves were its schools for fear the Muslim garb was blurring the country’s strict separation of church and state.
That near militant secularism absolutely will clash with the projected demographic influxes of decidedly non-secular migrants; and in fact it already has created violence and security threats for the French government, struggling to cope with filtering out the ‘bad apples’ of the migrating masses. The Wall Street Journal also reported earlier this year
French Prime Minister Édouard Philippe said the government planned to open 1,500 new spots in dedicated, high-security wards for hardened radicals in prisons across the country.