Isaac Ivanov

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Of all American wars remembered, one especially relevant today is the First Barbary War (1801-1805) between a young United States of America and Islamic hordes of North Africa. During the First Barbary War, Sidi Haji Abdul Rahman, a representative of the Islamic empire in Tripoli, explained the motivation of North African Muslims who were assaulting unarmed European and American ships in the Mediterranean:

“It is written in the Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet Muhammad are sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the [Muslim] faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every Muslim who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise.”(1)

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