Oh, hey, remember that time when you learned that before Spain existed, there was Al Andalus, and a significant part of western Europe was Muslim? For EIGHT HUNDRED YEARS? Yeah, no, you don't. Convenient not to get taught that, right? Makes it so much easier to be a racist.

@TheRealPomax isn't it curious how the renaissance — the age of Enlightenment — starts in 1492, with the "discovery" of America, and the Reconquista, the expulsion of Muslims — and Jews from Europe

both of those are pretty violent and some of their consequences are still shaping our world in the worst ways possible, but, uh, hey, yeah,

@meena to be fair, the reconquista started about seven hundred years before then, pretty much as immediate reaction to the umayyad establishment. Just with varying degrees of success (and counter offensives). It's not really the "and then the Christians all banded together to take back the continent" that some might like you to believe it was. Europe's been in a state of religious war for about 3000 years now.

@TheRealPomax *looks at her former home country, Jugoslavija*

i don't even almost know what you could possibly mean


@meena I think we're all jealous of Slovenia in this respect.

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