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THE ARABS HAVE NEVER INVADED SPAIN, IGNACIO OLAGUE’S REVENGE*

The Islamic Revolution in the West

The Islamic Revolution in the West


For centuries, based on partial documents and with a bias, successive generations of classical historians have held as assured truths the invasion of the Iberian Peninsula by the Arabs and the introduction of Islam in Spain by force of arms.
It is true that Muslims and Christians have put the same determination to accredit this crazy thesis: did it not bring to the former the satisfaction and the prefabricated glory of having been the strongest and to the others the excuse for having yielded only to the overwhelming superiority of the conqueror?
For Professor Ignacio Olague, the historical truth for those who seek it appears very different from the all too convenient secular legend.
It shows Spain torn, in the 8th century, by the civil war opposing supporters of Arianism to Orthodox Christians. And he sees, in the free conversion to the Muslim religion of the victorious “heretics”, a logical development.
It is in fact, all the Islamic propaganda at work, expertly orchestrated by the Umeyyad Califs of Damascus since the supposed preaching of Muhammad that is here called into question: rather than impossible military conquests, would it not be the fruit of internal movements of the societies which have adhered to it?
In this regard, it should be remembered that in the year 691, about fifteen years before the supposed invasion of the Arabs of the Iberian Peninsula, Caliph Umeyyade Abd-Al-Malik Ibn Marwan had built the Dome Mosque ( Qubbat Aṣ-Ṣakhra) in Jerusalem and decorated its walls with inscriptions where there was no mention of the existence of a supposed prophet of Islam “Muhammad” at that time. On the contrary, these decorative inscriptions mainly refer to the greatness and uniqueness of God, and do not mention Muhammad, the supposed Messenger of God at all, but linger on generic prophetic missions and in particular the role of Jesus as prophet par excellence, and allude to paradise.
This led Karl-Heinz Ohlig to contradict the official history of the irruption of Islam, rejecting its interpretations by considering that the inscriptions of the Dome of the Rock clearly show the absence of an independent Muslim religion in the VII ° -VIII ° centuries, considering on the contrary that it was then only a “form of heresy of Syro-Persian Christianity” which explains well the ease of the conversions of the Arians to this nth heresy.
The author of this work (*), Ignacio Olague, has set himself the objective to entirely rewriting a capital slice of the history of his country, spanning from the beginning of the 8th century until the end of the 14th century. He puts in all the objectivity necessary to destroy a disconcerting myth, resulting from the conjunction of unbridled fanaticism, of the most hermetic ignorance, of irresponsible negligence, of the most sterile conformism and, above all, of the irrational fear of being against preconceived ideas.
Well, closer to us, recently, a team of American genetic researchers carried out in 2019 a study of the genetic structure at the fine scale of the populations of the Iberian Peninsula today by genetically analyzing a sample of more than 1400 people living in Spain and Portugal, rigorously chosen to be representative of all the Iberian populations.
The surprising results of their study, published in a communication article in the prestigious British journal “Nature” (**), conclude that the Amazigh populations of North Africa contribute 11% after those of the French 67 % and just below those of Italians (17%) in the distribution of genetic analysis of Iberian populations, while the signatures of Arab genes do not even appear in their identified genetic signatures (<0.001%).
This result, as surprising as it is, scientifically confirms the thesis of Professor Ignacio Olague who, at the release of his book “The Arabs never invaded Spain” (Ed. Flamarion – L’Histoire, Paris, 1969) (*) was highly controversial and even derided.

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*) Ignacio Olague, “Les Arabes n’ont jamais envahi l’Espagne” (Arabs never invaded Spain )(Ed. Flamarion – L’Histoire, Paris, 1969)
(**) Clare Bycroft et al., “Patterns of genetic differentiation and the footprints of historical migrations in the Iberian Peninsula”; Nature Communications,(2019)10:551. In particular, they state in the abstract ( https://www.nature.com/articles/s41467-018-08272-w.pdf):
“We find regionally varying fractions of north-west African ancestry (0–11%) in modern-day Iberians, related to an admixture event involving European-like and north-west African-like source populations”

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