Sunday, 16 November 2014

US: Turkey's religious supremacist Erdogan challenges Icelandic history

Muslims discovered the Americas more than three centuries before Christopher Columbus, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has said. Ignoring Iceland's proud Viking Christian Leifur Erikson.

He made the claim during a conference of Latin American Muslim leaders in Istanbul, pointing to a diary entry in which Columbus mentioned a mosque on a hill in Cuba.Mr Erdogan also said "Muslim sailors arrived in America in 1178".
This makes it much later than Norseman Leifur Erikson from Iceland who found Vinland 999 making it over 179 years earlier than Mr Erdogan’s Muslim fantasy.

Turkeys President Erdogan said he was willing to build a mosque at the site Columbus identified.

The Turkish president - whose AK Party is rooted in political Islam - gave no further evidence to back up his theory, instead stating: "Contacts between Latin America and Islam date back to the 12th Century."

Columbus is widely believed to have discovered the Americas in 1492, while trying to find a new route to India. But later scientists have Found Leifur Erikson to have been traveling the areas and left historical evidence. No n of which the Turkish fantasy can show….

But in a disputed article published in 1996, pro-Islamic historian Youssef Mroueh said Columbus' entry was proof that Muslims had reached the Americas first and that "the religion of Islam was widespread”….

However many scholars believe the reference is metaphorical, or wishful thinking describing an aspect of the mountain that resembled part of a mosque…..

This makes the US as much found by Muslims as if some Icelander would say Ankara looks like a Viking ship…Simply replacing the word metaphorical with the true word pure fantasy.

And naturally no Islamic structures have been found in America that pre-date Columbus.

Mr Erdogan said he thought "a mosque would go perfectly on the hill today" and that he would like to discuss building this with Cuba. 
SDR thinks that Cuba in principe won’t open the doors for aggressive Islamists anytime soon unless Erdogan has some economic compensative trade to offer……

Erdogan can travel the world but it won’t change the fact that  there was a people before the Muslims called Vikings!

And so this makes the  first European visitors to North America are widely thought to have been Norse explorers, Leif Erikson about 500 years before Columbus, and almost 180 years before Erdogan's Islamic dream.

Most Nordic people who know the History of the Nordic Nations Iceland Denmark Norway Finland and Sweden will feel hurt by Erdogan’s kidnapping of our past.
Not only is he insulting but sadly ignorant…..

Fact is: 
Leif Erikson or Leifr Eiríksson; Icelandic: Leifur Eiríksson lived c. 970 – c. 1020.
Leeifur was a Norse  explorer regarded as the first European to land in North America (excluding Greenland), nearly 500 years before Christopher Columbus.

Leif and his crew travelled from Greenland to Norway in 999. Blown off course to the Hebrides and staying for much of the summer, he arrived in Norway and became a hirdman of King Olaf Tryggvason. He also converted to Christianity and was given the mission of introducing the religion to Greenland.

According to the Icelandic Sagas he established a Norse settlement at Vinland, tentatively identified with the Norse L'Anse aux Meadows on the northern tip of Newfoundland in modern-day Canada.

Monuments and states gave been created in Leifur Erikson's name stretching from Iceland to Greenland,Canada and US

It is believed that Leif was born in Iceland around the 970s. Son of mother Thjóðhildr and father Erik the Red, an explorer and outlaw from Western
Norway. Erik founded the first Norse colonies in Greenland, and was based at the family estate Brattahlíð in the so-called Eastern Settlement, where Leif had his upbringing. 

Leif had two known sons: Thorgils, born to noblewoman Thorgunna in the Hebrides; and Thorkell, who succeeded him as chieftain of the Greenland settlement.

At last but not least no one can blame anyone for wishing something. But as a President of nation its wrong of Erdogan to challenge the history as seen by academics world wide.

Written for by Mike Hulden for SDR


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