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Friday, October 24th, 2014

When Black Men Ruled the World: 8 Things The Moors Brought to Europe

Moors in Spain

When the topic of the Moorish influence in Europe is being discussed, one of the first questions that arises is, what race were they?

As early as the Middle Ages, “Moors were commonly viewed as being mostly black or very swarthy, and hence the word is often used for negro,” according to the Oxford English Dictionary.

Author and historian Chancellor Williams said “the original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were black Africans.”

The 16th century English playwright William Shakespeare used the word Moor as a synonym for African. His contemporary Christopher Marlowe also used African and Moor interchangeably.

Arab writers further buttress the black identity of the Moors.  The powerful Moorish Emperor Yusuf ben-Tachfin is described by an Arab chronicler as “a brown man with wooly hair.”

Black soldiers, specifically identified as Moors, were actively recruited by Rome, and served in Britain, France, Switzerland, Austria, Hungary, Poland, and Romania.  St. Maurice, patron saint of medieval Europe, was only one of many black soldiers and officers under the employ of the Roman Empire.

Although generations of Spanish rulers have tried to expunge this era from the historical record, recent archeology and scholarship now shed fresh light on the Moors who flourished in Al-Andalus for more than 700 years – from 711 AD until 1492.  The Moorish advances in mathematics, astronomy, art, and agriculture helped propel Europe out of the Dark Ages and into the Renaissance.

Source:  Stewartsynopsis.com/moors_in_europe.htm

Moorish Chess - A depiction of Moorish noblemen playing the board game Book of Games, 1283 ADUniversal Education

The Moors brought enormous learning to Spain that over centuries would percolate through the rest of Europe.

The intellectual achievements of the Moors in Spain had a lasting effect; education was universal in Moorish Spain, while in Christian Europe, 99 percent of the population was illiterate, and even kings could neither read nor write. At a time when Europe had only two universities, the Moors had seventeen, located in Almeria, Cordova, Granada, Juen, Malaga, Seville, and Toledo.

In the 10th and 11th centuries, public libraries in Europe were non-existent, while Moorish Spain could boast of more than 70, including one in Cordova that housed hundreds of thousands of manuscripts. Universities in Paris and Oxford were established after visits by scholars to Moorish Spain.

It was this system of education, taken to Europe by the Moors, that seeded the European Renaissance and brought the continent out of the 1,000 years of intellectual and physical gloom of the Middle Ages.

Source: Blackhistorystudies.com/resources/resources/15-facts-on-the-moors-in-spain/

Culturespain.com/2012/03/02/what-did-the-moors-do-for-us/

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Comments

  1. Samayoch Abiyah says:

    beautiful!

  2. Now tell me, what's stopping us now?

  3. Glester Thorpe says:

    It's a long list… How much time you got?

  4. Nice one, its about time the TRUTH was told!!!

  5. Its time to shed the inferiority issue and take our right place in society

  6. so what brought about the retrogression?

  7. But they dont tell you Moors were not only black but also Muslim. Very Factual resarch it if you doubts

  8. Let the world know the truth and stop discrimination among ourselves

  9. Truly, the western world have succeeded in taken black men 1,000years backward and they'll do everything to keep black man in perpectul darkness. The black man on his part has succeeded in accepting failure mentality and the role of second fidel. It take a new thinking cum self-esteem for growth that can free them from this mentality. Oba Adenuga

  10. Mohamed Reshaad Khan says:

    This was when Muslims who happened to be Black ruled the world !!!

  11. It is because we have deeply forgotten who we really are on the face of this planet. The greatest nemesis to black people aside disunity is forgetfulness. Kwame Toure, one of our most proud black scholar and revolutionary said that, "power starts at the level of conception, not at the level of implementation". We need to conscientize ourselves how we begun the journey before we got here in Ghana and other places in Africa. We were all part of one great and mighty empire along the great river Nile. Ask why the Akans, Gas and Ewes have almost the same soul names and pronunciation of their weekly days? The Mossi chief and people pay homage to no other tribes or kingdom in Ghana, but the Asante king and the people. How come? There is no historical difference between the Akande people of the old Ghana empire who migrated from South-western part of the present day Sudan(Nubia), and the present day Akans in Ghana. Dr. J.B Danquah attested that in his history book. Time is fast approaching for our rennaissance, but we only need to be conscious about our selves and to know what time is it.

  12. Agreed!

  13. Not necessarily Muslim when dealing with names and titles/labels we must remember there was a time when there were none. I do not believe they called themselves Muslims….atleast not the original ones…..

  14. Above society ….

  15. Muslims never riled the world and I believe Moslems are before Muslims…..in fact Muslims capitalized the Slave trade….

  16. The split of the Davidic/solomic dynasty the mixing of the royal seed in foreign wombs(long story short)

  17. Lack of leadership

  18. Lack of quality leadership, sacrifice, and redemption….

  19. AJ..that was when Muslims were only Black.

  20. Lack of visionary leadership. No one has outlined a course of action for the Black community over the next 50 + years. One that many of us will not be around to see bear fruit, but will set our communities on the right path.

  21. All the thinkers should add me. I like having strong minds on my friends list

  22. Brother why are u blammening Muslims for slaves trade . are u have studied Islamic pholosphy about human chapter and GOD in the eyes . If u studied accurately Islamic you should be clear than brother are u have studied than in which time and situation was at that time in the world and especially in the Arabic world
    Islam strictly denied the difference between human being according to the teaching of Islam every human black whit Arabic and non Arabic are equal to GOD Almightly and in Islamic society superior is the only who followed the techings of Islam and god to for others human being if u are interested in informanton about that topic I will guide u brother

  23. Hazrat Bilal was black African slave Muslims freed hum and then when he became Muslim then u see his place and seracter in the Muslim history and his near ness to Prophet Muhammad peace be upon him

  24. Islam was the revolution basically against creed class difference races and all social unjustice in society ]
    In the holly Quran GOD almighty says and teachs us through prophet Muhammad that differet colors in races in human being is just for to know each other . we all human beigns are the creater of GOD from Adam and Hawwve Mother

  25. Mandysia Armand Albert why 'above' and not equal amongst all of humanity?
    if you are insisting that one race be above others, then you simply affirm the oppression you are facing.

  26. this is a very blinkered view of history and disregards the role of islam entirely.
    and the moors weren't all black. a quick glance towards north africa and iberia show blacks being in the minority. other indigenous peoples in north africa are largely white (and non-arab).

  27. a black supremacist is as bad as a white supremacist, and both can go to hell.

  28. Mandysia Armand Albert so these black non-muslims just decided to invade spain and build mosques all over the place??

  29. Danyal Abdul Kareem says:

    Moors were not black…they were berbers, berbers or tamazight are white with green or blue eyes.. I find it highly "pro black" to say ancient egyptians were black, moors were black, the first pope was black etc etc, nort africans are not black, there might be some black people resulting from immigration. This sickness is a direct result of post-colonial trauma. They have to blackenizing everything.

  30. Finding Peace says:

    Mandysia Armand Albert That's a lie. The Slave Trade was already existent during Muslim times, and many efforts were made to remove and destroy. Islam eventually abolished slavery. Please stop spouting misinformation.

  31. Finding Peace says:

    Mandysia Armand Albert That's a lie. The Slave Trade was already existent during Muslim times, and many efforts were made to remove and destroy. Islam eventually abolished slavery. Please stop spouting misinformation.

  32. Finding Peace says:

    Black Supremacy ftw lol.

  33. Jamaal Rasheed says:

    People also need to remember that these populations were also Muslim.

  34. Moon Khan That is the biggest load of bullshit ive ever seen written. The Arab Muslims were slave traders. There is tons of evidence

  35. I feel you with the pholosphy but the fact of brotherly love amongst muslims but the facts remain that muslims enslaved africans and did not treat them well at all.

  36. You cannot look at egypt and north africa today and say those were the same inhabitants from a thousand years ago. Many arabs and non africans whose bloodline of course may have been generations removed from africa migrated into egypt and north africa. Another somewhat hidden truth. So when ppl try to tell you the moors weren't really africans give them the side eye. Also don't forget islam isn't that old as far as having the label/name on it.

  37. Yvonne Boggs says:

    Whats funny is they say they black you say they not. No matter what any one says blacks were the first and because we of color are so great they twist it to make it seem like we aren't. After all these years more and more proof that black ppl were great keeps coming out. And yet some want to say it's lies. But yet more proof of black ppl being here centuries ago still keep coming about. Face it, it is what it is.

  38. Shame Taimu says:

    you can like my page .

  39. Mandysia Armand Albert

    Africans were also part of the trade slave, believe it or not. The Moors were Muslims first and foremost and if you read their literature you wouldn't find any talk about their skin color, they would first praise Allah for their achievement and not the skin or the geographic identity they just so happened to be born with.

  40. Mandysia Armand Albert Need proof for this

  41. LOL… I DIDN'T KNOW THE WORLD CONSISTED OF ONLY NORTH AFRICA AND EUROPE.

  42. What is stopping us?

    1) GREED
    2) RELIGION – specifically the PERVERTED-CATHOLIC's religion
    3) Divided by the PERVERTED-CATHOLIC – to snitch
    4) JEALOUSY – Black's do not like INTELLIGENT Black's
    5) MEDIA – believe everything they say or print
    6) Loyalty to the PERVERTED-CATHOLIC
    7) LUST – you want what the PERVERTED-CATHOLIC has
    8) Being apart of the PERVERTED-CATHOLIC "status-quo"
    9) Refuse to become educated
    10) Refusal to teach/educate our children

  43. Moon Khan Brother, if you need some support, in being able to identify, educate and inspire in the english language…lots of mistakes there, brother, than please drop me a line. Lots of different information out there about who exactly enslaved my great-grandmother.

  44. Moon Khan Brother, if you need some support, in being able to identify, educate and inspire in the english language…lots of mistakes there, brother, than please drop me a line. Lots of different information out there about who exactly enslaved my great-grandmother.

  45. More colours out there, other than white and black!

  46. do some studies achi

  47. Glester Thorpe i have time

  48. no she is not

  49. now that was not nice it just takes innerstanding

  50. oh boyyyyyyyyy ?

  51. ?

  52. do more studies

  53. Hunger, lack of education, low self steem, hate, jealousy and finally lack of security…..just to mention few…..

  54. The Moors aloo invented Spainish, Portuguese, French, Italian, German, English, pretty much all of the European languages today. And a Moor saved the Russian language from extinction!!

  55. We (Blacks) rebel against no one but ourselves. We're like the great pitbull, loyal to our masters but will fight to the death with each other.

  56. Ahavah BahtYah What's with the question mark?

  57. Pro-black? It is pro-history and you are a fool to deny it. There is a plethora of evidence on both sides of the spectrum to prove everything said from Ancient Egypt to Moorish conquest. We literally have paintings of the Moors and clear documentation of what they looked like, so how about cutting the bullshit. The Egyptians are described to be dark skinned with wooly hair by both themselves and a many Greek philosophers they allowed to walk amongst their quarters. Are we claiming Persia and Rome here? It seems you are the one spouting Arab-Supremacy when in fact you have nothing to back up your claims. The people who live in these areas today are in no way the ones who used to be, and you should comes to terms with that as soon as possible. Maybe then you will begin to stop looking like such a fool. Pro-black? Smh….

  58. Moon Khan Interesting and provoking thoughts you have here.

  59. Jay Carle says:

    Danyal abdul Kareem, you are a racist with not reason to feel supreme. Only lies. The Moors were from places like Morocco, North Africa. The capial city is call Marrakesh mean (the son's of Kush). Are you claiming that white Turkish/fake Arabs are the sons of Kush? Don't be stupid. The Moors were Diffa Arabs. Diffa Arabs stretch from West Africa all, the way to East Africa. All the way across the Sahara from the Atlantic ocean to the Nubian desert. We are the Mahamid Arabs not you. You are a Turkish/Lawrence of Arabia type of Arab. You Ottomans & Khazars are too much with your impersonating. Stop it! Your only making fools of yourselves.

  60. Ajani Thomas Knowledge!

  61. Jay Carle says:

    Danyal Abdul Kareem it is you people who are trying to make people believe that the whitest people on the planet are from the hottest part of the planet. Your basically trying to convince the world that ice people come from the hottest place on Earth but the darkest people on Earth are not from there. How stupid is that? Toast & toasters or Ice & Ice boxes/freezers. That makes sense. If your not Black its insane to claim to be from the desert/hottest place on Earth. All humans started off as Black & from Africa. Everyone else is from somewhere else that's why they don't have the physical requirements to survives in a desert. Melanoma would kill y'all! The was no such thing as Sun screen so how did pale people survive in the desert? Black people don't get asked that question because it is obvious that we were blessed with all the natural requirement to live in these place we claim to be from. Please explain how Melanoma is the main cause for of skin cancer in the USA where the Sun isn't even that hot but you people claim to be from the desert. Smmfh… The darkest people on Earth are from the hottest places on Earth & the lightest people on Earth are from the coldest places. This is an obvious truth so stop pretending not to realize this…..The first King of the world outside of Africa was a Black man named Nimrod, the son of Kush. The father of the Arabs was a Black man by the name of Ishmael, son of a Black women named Hagar & Ishmael eventually married a Black/African/Egyptian woman. Doesn't that give you an idea of what a TRUE ARAB is? If this Black man Ishmael is the father of Arabs according to Arabs. Doesn't that make real Arabs Black? Who was Umma Aymen? Who was Aymen? Who was Usama ibn Muhammad? What Black man gave refuge to Muhammad & his followers wen his people wanted to kill him? Wasn't that King Negus Menelik? Didn't Allah send Muhammad to Africa for just as Abraham, Joseph, Moses & Jesus were? Why did Gog send them to Europe or your home land? Because Africans are Gods people Africa is the land of the Gods. With that said, respect Africans & stop trying to steal our shine. Get your own history because the true history of hue-mans beings with the en of Hue. Not you.

  62. Jay Carle says:

    Go to hell for being supreme? Sit down clown. If you want to deny or reject the truth, due it. Don't just reject the truth counter it if you can. If you can't its because you cannot deny they truth. The devil in your heart hates the truth. You funny furry lttle men don't enen attempt to challenge the truth, you only reject it & hide on the sidelines. Why not join in with you truth? Because you don'tt have a truth!

  63. Moon Khan, You gotta be kiddin' me?!

  64. i thought we all know in a nut shell how AFRICA is the birthplace of human beings & migration throughout the planet is where we physically adapted our bodies to survive. that is evolution!!! ALLAH IS THE BEST PLANNER

  65. Umar Abdul-alim says:

    What!!!!!! Stop it yes Berbers but they were of Hamitic stock now find out who are the descendent of Ham.

  66. Myk-el Sumaila by calling yourself black, you are a stateless people,,,you are civilly dead…do your research and know thyself…black is a color and not an ethnicity….

  67. Aziza Clunie says:

    not all moors were muslims

  68. Moon Khan It is an historical fact that Muslims were dominated the east African slave trade… that is fact. It is also fact that racism existed among Arab muslims… just look at the hard time that they gave Bilal who was hand picked by the Prophet Muhammad to succeed him. Many Arab Muslims rejected him because he was Ethiopian. Bilal yielded his succession to a popular Muslim general to avoid a civil war between those Muslims who supported him and those who supported the general.

  69. very funny :-)

  70. thanks, Jay Carle.

  71. no one is denying that blacks made up the original inhabitants of africa or that islam as a religion is not that old, what the article is saying is that the moors were exclusively black and that the religion of islam had no part to play in the moors' conquest of spain. if the moors weren't muslim, what where they doing building mosques all over the parts of spain that they occupied? why is it that modern-day names of cities and towns across spain have arabic roots? if you deny the diversity of the moors and the role of religion then you are no better than a white man spreading a euro-centric view of history. it is important that the 'black' movement does not fall into this trap – ask malcolm x.

  72. Ahavah BahtYah she is. how is she not?

  73. Ahavah BahtYah i will

  74. Anthony Howell says:

    History is history. It is good to know your history but don't dwell on it . let us make new and better history.

  75. Papasang Coker says:

    arabs enslaved afrikans about a 1000 years before the european led slave trade . Arabs still enslave afrikans today and are syill every bit as racist towards afrikans as they were long ago. i long for the day the afrikans drive the descendants of arabs who live in north afrika and some parts of east afrika out of our land.

  76. I can agree with you on the etheric or conscious level. However, socially, black which symbolizes the mix up of all colours is the physical identity.

  77. Maybe M. Knuckles says:

    Moors just meas black! Black Africans ruled the world. Remember; this was our given name before racism and hateful Europeans came in And gave us the name Nigger!

  78. Need a revolution.

  79. Zaia Newms says:

    Exactly Colored Guy, if so supreme, what is stopping black men now?

  80. Abdel Hafid Khairoun The article did not claim "Exclusively Black" read it again, it claimed "Mostly Black."

  81. Daren Eckford-El says:

    Aziza Clunie You are correct, some were Jewish, etc. Heck, Hannibal was a Carthganian-Moor!

  82. Daren Eckford-El says:

    Islam and Greetings, actually the Irish are the first 's.

  83. Eminent Black that was the definition provided by the oxford english dictionary, but the article/writer gives the impression that it was exclusively black. for example in the headline the author says "black men ruled". when the author cited chancellor williams who said “the original Moors, like the original Egyptians, were black Africans”, and when the author cited arab writers to "buttress the black identity of the Moors" (contradicting the OED definition) and then saying "Black soldiers, specifically identified as Moors" – all these contribute to the reader's mind that he is equating "moor" solely with "black".

  84. Now that's real talk!

  85. Orange Terrance Turner Cuzz says:

    These accomplishments are documented for other people to learn but we as a whole shall burn all the proof if we continue to go in the opposite direction of progress. since the world became aware of our superiority they have placed in our eyesight guns n drugs violence hate lack of self respect laziness etc once we choose to rid OURSELVES of these crutches we can return to the rulers of the world that's why everybody in America treats us this way we strive to be the worst and hate on any of our own kind for successful lives we as a whole support the Klan we ruled the world for over 1000 yrs let's change now

  86. This is amazing! #BlackHistory is a must!!!! Europe owes everything they know to the very same people they despise??
    No wonder weknow NOTHING about ourselves. EVERYTHING THEY CLAIMED AS THEIRS IS ACTUALLY OURS??

    WHAT THE FCK HAPPENED???

  87. Africa is mother to all mankind, it's the inception to all things….

  88. The Moors were not black but a mix of Berbers and Arabs, this whole thing is silly.

  89. Asier Linazasoro says:

    There never were people who said "we are Moors", but Europeans who used an insulting and offensive word, "Moor", against Muslims, and depicted them as completely different from themselves and in the most subhuman way their racist minds could imagine. I don't understand why Black americans are so fond of this word that is deemed so politically incorrect in Europe. Furthermore, the real "Moors" were really racist against black africans and they were the first who treated them as slaves-servants-unpaid mercenaries. In mediaeval Moroccan chronicles ("Moorish" chronicles writen by "Moors") it is said that Muhammad al-Nasir (a great "Moor chieftain") was very rich in horses, camels and blacks (the blacks were counted as cattle) and that 30.000 of this blacks fought in the battle of Navas de Tolosa.

  90. Diego Humberto Balbin says:

    so we gonna ignore the fact that the muslims just passed off all these gifts they stole from Asians as their own huh? that these gifts were taken from brutally conquered Pagans dont bother you at all?

  91. Diego Humberto Balbin says:

    evidence?

  92. Diego Humberto Balbin says:

    Ahavah BahtYah innerstand? cmon making up words is no evidence of anything that you claim.

  93. Kaci Hamadi says:

    They manipulate the picture by making it darker, and they rejoice that they have dominated the world. But there there's nothing glorious to dominate other peoples. In addition, they forget to dress in Africa to make it plausible. The cape (burnus ) is typically Amazigh!

  94. The moors were based in what is believed to be places around present day Morocco, but the moor were'nt alone, Ancient Mallians were their very strong ally, it is also believed that Ancient Ethiopians also were their ally. Many Mallians dwelled among them, other smaller kingdoms across west africa also were friends of the moors. There are evidence of moorish products in west africa. However, the moors did'nt rule the world, they only ruled europe, the asians were other very powerful people, in the ancient time the most powerful asian dynasty were the mongolian dynasty and notable japanese dynasty, Genghis Khan and his grandson were very popular Monarchs, Genghis khan's grandson conqured and built benjing…… the moors who were a mixture of blacks and brown people ruled ancient Europe. Other notable people that existed then are the mayians, the incas, etc.

  95. A lot of the Moors were Muslims. However, the Moors were a mixed group of people. There were some Moors who had predominate African blood while others were more mixed or had Arab blood. The Moors also had a ranging skin complexion similar to how Africans and African Americans are today, but they skin complexion was mainly a darker skin. Arabs never used to be as light as they are now. They also had various religions, but Islam was the dominate religion. The Moors were described as having dark skin. Dark skin can easily be placed upon any one who doesn't have white skin! Another things.

    Islam is the oldest religion in the world. The core message in Islam is to follow and worship one God. Adam the first man believed and worshiped one God. This concept can been seen and was taught by all the Biblical prophets. Why would God want the Jews to worship him, to then tell them to worship his son in the New Testament? Islam wasn't always called Islam. Judaism and Christianity both originated in Islam, but these two religions are not correct. Judaism was formed after the Hebrews were allowed to leave, or something like that, when King Cyrus was ruling over them. Judaism is not the religion that Moses was teaching. The Persian Empire was also a predominate Islam one, but again Islam wasn't necessarily the motive to the empire growing. Every single prophet in these two religions were teaching the oneness of God, but the people who listened to them decided to twist those teachings into a different religion. Christianity didn't exist until 300 yrs after Jesus died! Never once did Jesus say to worship him. Prophet Muhammad was the last prophet known to mankind, so how can he have founded Islam? That is a huge misconception about Prophet Muhammad and Islam. Islam was completed during his time as a prophet, but Islam is the oldest religion in the world. Prophet Muhammad like all the other prophets were teaching the oneness of God. Even to the day scientists use the Qur'an for research or look to it for answers. The very term "Allah" can be seen etched in our very skin under a microscope. Islam is the only religion that is scientifically valid and backed.

    Going back to the Moors, their conquest of Spain may not have had any thing to with Islam. However, they definitely built masjids(mosques) there and allowed the Spaniards to continue practicing their own religion. Even to the day Spain hasn't experienced another time period that was as great as the one when the Moors were in Spain. I am proud to have Moorish ancestors and to be a Muslim.

  96. Mandysia Armand Albert Maybe not, but some of the greatest empires and the most civilized were ruled by people who were Muslims. For example, the Moorish Empire, the Persian Empire, and the Ottoman Empire.

  97. Moor doesn't mean "black" as it is used today, nor were they primarily African. The Moors were a mixed race of people and society. The mixture was predominately African and Arab. The Moors were described as having dark skin.

  98. Mandysia Armand Albert Moslems? No, the Muslims were first and will also be first. What is a Moslem supposed to be any way? If you are referring to it as being a "black" person who follow Islam or the Nation of Islam, than you need to go back and educated yourself. The Nation of Islam is a ripe off of Islam. Islam and the Qur'an doesn't teach racism. People teach racism. One of the most respected man in Islam and who was also a MUSLIM, was Bilal. He was a African man who was a slave of a pagan. When Islam was being taught, he accepted Islam because it stated that mankind is not a slave of each other, but of God. The African Americans who follow the Nation of Islam and called themselves "Moslems" are not real Muslims. If they were, they would accept the term Muslims. Islam is not a religion reserved for one race of people. Many people say the Arabs are Muslims and use it to enslave black people which is false. Also, there was no one religion or group of people that ruled the entire world, only portions of it. Some of the greatest civilizations, societies, and empires were ruled by leaders and governed by people who were Muslims. Some of these were the Persians, Ottomans, and the Moors. Slavery was not the fault of Muslims or Islam, but ignorant black people who stood by and watched while their brothers and sisters were captured. Who thought it was a wise business move to sell each other out. Even to the day black people refuse to help each other out.

  99. Abdel Hafid Khairoun That's where we belong, that's where we were and we have not seen this place for such a long time. She said nothing about being superior to anyone. Take a look at society today, wouldn't you want to be above it? I consider myself to be above society because of my standards and beliefs.

  100. Of course not. It just consist North Africa on this site. Should we go to a chinese/Asian page and state the same thing?

  101. Moor means what the Prophet Noble Drew Ali said it means.It!

  102. Omar Dussett SO APPARENTLY "THE WORLD" DENOTES NORTH AFRICA… I'LL MAKE A NOTE OF THAT AND UPDATE MY VOCAB. ~SARDONIC REMARK IN CASE IT WENT OVER YOUR HEAD LIKE THE TERM "THE WORLD."

  103. Naw not really.Just the crack pot comment did.

  104. Testy are'nt we Loi?Smh…

  105. If your country is part of Africa, you can grouped into the modern term "black". However, the term "black" can be placed on any one that is a descendant of Africa, which would be every race. North Africans need to stop trying to dismiss the fact that their country is a part of Africa. The Moors were a mixture of Berber and other types African people. However, the Berbers themselves were a mixture of people. The Moors as a whole was mixed group of people. They were described as having dark skin. Now people throw the term black around. If its referring to any one having darker skin, than the Moors and Berbers fall into that category. What about whitenizing everything? Just because you have pale skin or blue eye doesn't mean you are white. Me being a light skinned African American, can easily look a darker black person and say I am "white" compared to them. Ancient North Africans had darker skin. The way they look today is due to colonization of whites and the further colonization of the Arabs.

  106. look diego so what i dont like understanding because i much prefer to use innerstanding and overstanding under or over or inner choose your logic and what claim smh youll great yes lol dont get vex me for that lol shm

  107. Think they can take africa from we again

  108. The two egged sword the truth littllemen.

  109. Jay Carle Thanks bro love u

  110. Ali Elseven-eyez Hanif-El says:

    THE WORD معور (MOOR) MEANS NAVIGATOR, GET IT RIGHT…..KUHZ IT DOESN'T MEAN BLACK STR8!! MOES NAVIGATED ON THE HIGH SEAS AND TRAVERSED THE WHOLE GLOBE NO QUESTION!!!!!

  111. Yes above society, we are not only largely rejected by society but also plagued, therefore society is a condition, a circumstance even if you will, a detriment of which we must rise above……

  112. I correct myself Muslims were before Arab Moslems, however I and I existed before both….I love all my brothers and sisters whether we be found in Islam, Puerto Rico, or even in light bright damn near white skin…the royal seed is scattered through out all the earth….I just think it is important to remember before there ever was any such a thing, we were….it seems as a people we like to attach ourselves to things. This may be the disconnect. When we become attached we can no longer move freely to. Our highest state of being…we must realized though we manifested, produced, breathed life in to many civilizations as the natural born creators we are, but still we existed before them.

  113. Before black there was Coloured, before Egypt, there was Nubia, before Islam, there was a way to live….

  114. Before black there was Coloured, before Egypt, there was Nubia, before Islam, there was a way to live….

  115. Lol!

  116. The proof is with in us, it does not take a rocket scientist to discover before there was any language especially any written language there was I. I am older, my blood is older than the words Muslim, Islam, Christian, Woman, Human, My soul is older than vocabulary, older than the capital J in Jesus even…..

  117. The proof is with in us, it does not take a rocket scientist to discover before there was any language especially any written language there was I. I am older, my blood is older than the words Muslim, Islam, Christian, Woman, Human, My soul is older than vocabulary, older than the capital J in Jesus even…..

  118. Aboriginals were not white skinned and we existed before there ever was what's called a Berber….we were everywhere at once before any one else…that's just a fact not blackenizing. The Earth speaks for her self what color is she what color is we….

  119. These devils are liars & can't be trusted reguarding the truth. They claim the Moorss were Turkish when they know that the Black, West African Moors ruled Europe until 1492 from the year 711ce.
    The Turks/Ottomans didn't get to Africa until the 1,300's but evil devils lie & pretend that they are the Moors that invaded Europe in the year 712ce. Google it for yourself, never trust a lying evil Devil.

  120. The correction: we rejoice about giving birth to the earths population, that we multiples and subdued…not that we dominated but that we excelled in all things and are dominate and blessed with dominion….

  121. Amen!!!

  122. Amen!!!

  123. Kaci Hamadi says:

    Mandysia Armand Albert forgiveness, but here you are ridiculous. The people you want to capture the story is not yours. Find a story to you, with a little honesty, you will surely find something honorable.

  124. Kaci Hamadi says:

    Mandysia Armand Albert forgiveness, but here you are ridiculous. The people you want to capture the story is not yours. Find a story to you, with a little honesty, you will surely find something honorable.

  125. Abdel Hafid Khairoun I challenge you to study the etymology of the word Moor which literally means Black. It was used by the Europeans to distinguish Black muslims from Arab muslims. Europeans referred to to Arab muslima as Muhammadans, Saracens, Muslims or Moslems. There is no doubt that their were Arabs among the Moors in Spain but the conquest of Spain and the colonization of Spain was primarily a Black Muslim (Moorish) accomplishment. No self respecting scholar would deny that there were Arabs in Moorish Spain, so don't get it twisted. The Spanish to this day have a dish that is call Moors and Christians and that dish is Black beans and White rice.

  126. Forgiven, your color tells it all, don't take my word for it, have your DNA tested…..

  127. Forgiven, your color tells it all, don't take my word for it, have your DNA tested…..

  128. Kaci Hamadi says:

    Mandysia Armand Albert Poor people. You're just repeating racial bullshit. Wake up now. You are free and independent, let us see your genius.

  129. Also, please be clear, I am not defined by what is called race, religion, or any other label, they are to small and they are boxes that can not contain all that I AM…..

  130. Mr. Kaci, I think you are confused…..I do not cry racism, I cry unity in and above all things….

  131. Nozomi Suzuki so why do u visit and comment??…do ur research before u post ignorant things. Just because you're asian and whites are whites doesn't mean you don't have a place on the earth and that you didn't hold prestigious positions. Everyone came from somewhere and as much as you don't want to believe it you're black, even if it is 1%. BELIEVE IT;) have a good day

  132. Asier Linazasoro says:

    Ernest Kazembe, the word "Moor" (=Maurus) mean "Black" in Greek language, and was adopted by the Latins. This may be because they were actually Black… or because they were darker, or they wore black clothes, or whatever. Nevertheless, this word arrived to the English language through Spanish and for anyone who knows the Medieval and Early Modern Spanish literature it is clear that at that times "Moor" = "Moro" and "Black" = "Negro" were two different things and, by the way, in Spanish the "Moros" are "Morenos" (brown, tanned = Moorish), but never "Negros" (obviously, the word "Black" = "Negro" is not unknown in Spanish history and literature). Furthermore, Miguel de Cervantes, who had fought against the Turks and the Berber pirates when he served in the armada and had really met them both (not like Shakepeare, who never met a Moor in his life), not only distinguishes between "Moro" and "Negro", but between "Moro" and "Turco", so "Moor" in its more proper use in Medieval and Early Modern times meant "Arab or Berber Muslim"

  133. Southern european and western mediterranean people were once blacker than now, actually they comprised a greater variety of skin hues going from extreme black to off-white : living naked under the sun was considered a superiority among warriors and some labourers, hence dark skin was an advantage. But they were not Sub-Saharan African Blacks by any means. The modern centre and south Italians are practically the same people, as are most Moroccans, southern Spanish, and Portuguese around Lisbon. What happened for those people to grow whiter is simply a fact of fashion : with the centuries passing, very pale girls became more and more desirable as canons of innocence (anti-black racism proper came long after as the African slave trade became the norm) and dark skin also became associated with cunning in men (not with carelessness and brutality as in the current prejudice regarding Blacks). Christianity though not officially racist generally associated whiteness with purity. But it must be noted that before this whitening the said people were not negroes proper : the general features of face and skeleton haven't changed. These formerly rather dark people were civilizers, actually better ones than Germanic tribes. The Sub-Saharan African man is very different and it seems than he simply doesn't like to build technologically sophisticated empires, even though he has always been clever enough to forge fin steel weapons and cutlery and don colourful clothes from time immemorial, at a time Europeans wore only drab garments. The Africans, before the slave trade era, were viewed by others with more sympathy and admiration than know, they were appreciated as occultists and magicians among others, and as abler to talk with gods (spirits) than others, at the expense of manual trades except a few ones to be done in a sacred way. Their general mentality was to train their body to acquire supernatural powers rather than to build supernatural technology as we do. Today's so-called voodoo is but a ruin (and also a late perversion) of what they could do.

  134. Massa or Aryan Arabs of the 20% and they were at war with the Ottomans… Now was there a Muslim b4 the 7th Century

  135. Or Africa? What came 1st Hebrew or Muslim? What came 2nd Christian or Muslim? Who was the 1st Muslim and when?
    the plantation seer

  136. Or Africa? What came 1st Hebrew or Muslim? What came 2nd Christian or Muslim? Who was the 1st Muslim and when?
    the plantation seer

  137. If U r an academic document. If ur opinion, just say so to avoid foolishness…
    BBlesd and bEducated

    The plantation seer

  138. Do explain how dr. mLK, jr listed these poor blacks as the 10th richest group on this planet in his landmark speeches of the Sixties… Time life audio books…

  139. TRUTH is TRUTH… Lie ye not 1 to another…
    the Wellness Ambassador 4 CHRIST

  140. TCT.TV/faithinhistory dr. William J. Federer teaches these subjects… What Every Muslim Should Know About the Qua' ran. U revisionist of 60 Centuries r corrupting it..
    the plantation seer

  141. We had a GOD REVOLUTION against violence that began with a flood…
    BBlesd and bEducated

    The Ambassador of GOOD WILL

  142. Confused men of the mirror, darkly. Science of the Human Genome > DNA make ur oralLOT.try nones.sense,… As you worship the god of the mirror!
    BBlesd and bEducated 4 GOD IS not mocked…
    the plantation seer

  143. Confused men of the mirror, darkly. Science of the Human Genome > DNA make ur oralLOT.try nones.sense,… As you worship the god of the mirror!
    BBlesd and bEducated 4 GOD IS not mocked…
    the plantation seer

  144. Ernest Kazembe no one is denying it outright that moors meant 'black' in old england (and keep in mind racist constructs), but the fact remains that black people in the region (spain/morocco/algeria/tunisia and the maghreb) remain in the minority. if the population was largely black when the black moors conquered spain why haven't large numbers of blacks remained? they would be a majority in morocco after the spanish expelled 'muslims' when they retook spain, but in morocco the indigenous people are largely white – the blacks are in the south and are in lesser numbers.

  145. Ernest Kazembe no one is denying it outright that moors meant 'black' in old england (and keep in mind racist constructs), but the fact remains that black people in the region (spain/morocco/algeria/tunisia and the maghreb) remain in the minority. if the population was largely black when the black moors conquered spain why haven't large numbers of blacks remained? they would be a majority in morocco after the spanish expelled 'muslims' when they retook spain, but in morocco the indigenous people are largely white – the blacks are in the south and are in lesser numbers.

  146. Diego Humberto Illuminati says:

    You're a special kind of stupid aren't you!? What's with you blacks? You ever heard of Asians ? Those languages you speak of have their roots in Sanskrit! India is the source of European languages and culture ! Not moors! Stop claiming everything! Also Hindu culture is oldest ongoing culture ! Where are your moors!?

  147. Diego Humberto Balbin relax, he's taking the piss ;-)

  148. we not black we are moors more,immortal we was the first civilization we are moor

  149. its when we adopted religion we fail

  150. Diego Humberto Balbin is not making up words, is innerstanding the words. because English is not what we all think it is, the worst language ever. It degrades, oppresses. A lot of English words does not mean what we know is the meaning today. Research it!

  151. Christopher Lopez says:

    " even kings could neither read nor write "- this is the legacy of the british, france etc monarchies ! Idiots ruled Europe.

  152. I need more of this…

  153. Shakespeare should have known what Moors looked like. There is an excellent portrait, done at the tine with the Moorish Ambassador as sitter in 1600. Just google "Portrait of Moorish Ambassador to Queen Elizabeth I"

  154. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Abdel Hafid Khairoun it takes no rocket scientist to figure out the fact that they were not all black because they amalgamated with immigrants. Just like in America today. Don't be an idiot use your critical thinking skills. Why do you people always force me to do all of your critical thinking for you? Or, is it just that you are already thinking what I propose but you just don't want to admit it to yourself?

  155. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Well if so, then why are you over here running your mouth? Go to their websites where they are preaching genocide and give them a piece of your mind. You fools always want to come over here and run your mouth even though we're not preaching and teaching violence but knowledge instead. You mad bru?

  156. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Diego Humberto Balbin have we ever heard of asians? Of course. Are we your enemies? NO. Then why are you over here running your mouth? Are you trying to pick a fight with us? And if so, for what reason? Is it because we are small in number? But if so, then that makes you a coward. Go start shit with Mexicans or White-Supremacists! There's plenty of hate there for you to satisfy your lust for conflict.

  157. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Diego Humberto Balbin have we ever heard of asians? Of course. Are we your enemies? NO. Then why are you over here running your mouth? Are you trying to pick a fight with us? And if so, for what reason? Is it because we are small in number? But if so, then that makes you a coward. Go start shit with Mexicans or White-Supremacists! There's plenty of hate there for you to satisfy your lust for conflict.

  158. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Nozomi Suzuki you're Japanese and you have the nerve to come over here and run your mouth after all the shit your government did to innocent Chinese and South Korean Nationalists!? You should just be quite and mind your business and stay out of other community's quarrels

  159. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Loi Le so apparently you like to read into things to justify a quarrel. Ok, well then I could think of many other articles on the internet where you wouldn't have to read into it to find some suggestion that offends you, they are very explicit. So go over there!

  160. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    I think the best answer was from Diggy Dot La Rock who said, "We're like the great pitbull, loyal to our masters but will fight to the death with each other." That is so true and coming only from a High School student. I guess there is hope for our youth. But yeah the main thing holding us back is that freakin hard headedness. You try to help some of these people and their just to stubborn to listen. It will take a few encounters with law enforcement or racist gang-members for them to shape up.

  161. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Internal conflict like now. I was on the train yesterday wearin a suit and niggas was mad dogging me like I stole their lunch money. They got Willie Lynch Syndrome

  162. Ramses Ini-herit El says:

    Omar Rabbani hahahah please don't tell me you're using wikipedia as a source! Try that in college and you will get thrown out faster then a drunk with no clothes on! hahah

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