The Great Siege of Malta PDF Print E-mail

AS BOLD AS LIONS11 September marks a strategic date in history. It marks the defeat of the Islamic Jihad against Malta.

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The Turkish Threat

In 1565 Islam was threatening all of Europe. The Ottoman Turkish Empire had conquered the entire Middle East, sacking the greatest city in the world at that time, Constantinople (now renamed Istanbul), massacring the Christian population. In 1526, the Turks had unsuccessfully besieged Vienna, in the very heart of Europe.

Slave Raids on Europe

Muslim slave raiders were depopulating whole villages, attacking coastal towns of Italy, France, Spain, Portugal, England, Wales and Ireland and even seizing white slaves from as far away as Iceland. Ultimately over 1.1 million Christian Europeans were kidnapped and enslaved by Muslim pirates between 1500 and 1800.


911 "Why should I care about dates and dead people?"


Frequently we hear expressions of exasperation against the teaching of history.

"What possible relevance could all those events of long ago have for me today?"


Real History Has Great Relevance

Well, take 9/11. Did Muslim Jihadists just choose an arbitrary date for the aircraft hijackings and terror attacks on 11 September 2001?

The Strategic Significance of September 11

Those who know the history of Islamic Jihad can point out that September 11 is a most significant date for Islamic Jihadists. It was on 11 September 1565 that the Ottoman Turkish siege of Malta was decisively defeated.

General Charles Gordon and the Mahdi PDF Print E-mail

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The clash of cultures and civilisations, in the latter half of the 19th Century, was vividly seen in the conflict between the English Christian General Charles Gordon (or Gordon Pasha as he is remembered) and the Arab Muslim Mahdi Mohammed Ahmed ibn Abdullah, who established a Caliphate in Sudan. Their contrasting legacies continue to influence Sudan and the world, to this day.


Resourceful and Aggressive Engineer

Charles Gordon, whose life and death was destined to have such a great impact upon the history of Sudan, was born in England in 1833, the fourth son of a Royal Artillery officer who rose to be a lieutenant-general. Charles was described as a resourceful and aggressive youngster with a keen eye and fiery temper for injustice. At 16 he entered the Military Academy and at 19 began his training for the Royal Engineers, an elite professional corps in the 19th Century. It was the engineers who carried out reconnaissance work, led storming parties, demolished obstacles in assaults, carried out rear-guard actions in retreats and other hazardous tasks.



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