Muslim like to portray themselves as the victims of Westerners and Jews. 
Not only is this portrait false but slavery has always been practiced in Islam 
and is still legal. One day they hope they can do it again. Following the 
population trends, they probably will, at least in Europe. 

A new study suggests that a million or more European Christians were enslaved 
by Muslims in North Africa between 1530 and 1780 – a far greater number than 
had ever been estimated before.

Pirates (called corsairs) from cities along the Barbary Coast in north Africa – 
cities such as Tunis and Algiers – would raid ships in the Mediterranean and 
Atlantic, as well as seaside villages to capture men, women and children. The 
impact of these attacks were devastating – France, England, and Spain each lost 
thousands of ships, and long stretches of the Spanish and Italian coasts were 
almost completely abandoned by their inhabitants. At its peak, the destruction 
and depopulation of some areas probably exceeded what European slavers would 
later inflict on the African interior.

The enslavement of Europeans doesn’t fit the general theme of European world 
conquest and colonialism that is central to scholarship on the early modern 
era, he said. Many of the countries that were victims of slavery, such as 
France and Spain, would later conquer and colonize the areas of North Africa 
where their citizens were once held as slaves. Maybe because of this history, 
Western scholars have thought of the Europeans primarily as “evil colonialists” 
and not as the victims they sometimes were, Davis said.

 Christian Slaves, Muslim Masters: White Slavery in the Mediterranean, the 
Barbary Coast, and Italy, 1500-1800

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