Armenia Battle of Manzikert: The “Subjugation of Christianity by Islam”
Job 13:15-16; Habakkuk 3:18
8-26-20, * -- On August 26, 1071 AD one of the most decisive battles in all world history took place—that of Manzikert, Armenia which initiated the creation of the modern state of Turkey atop formerly Christian Asia Minor.
Recorded by history chronicler: “In 1019 the first appearance of the bloodthirsty beasts … the savage nation of infidels called Turks entered Armenia [eastern Anatolia] and mercilessly slaughtered the Christian faithful with the sword.”
In the ensuing decades hundreds of thousands of Christians were slaughtered or enslaved by Muslims and thousands of churches torched or desecrated or into mosques. Records tell of monks and priests, fathers, wives, and children, all shabbily armed but zealous to protect their way of life, coming out to face the invaders—only to be butchered or enslaved.
One Christian military leader explained why … “This nation of infidels [Muslims] comes against us because of our Christian faith and they are intent on destroying the ordinances of the worshippers of the cross and on exterminating the Christian faithful. Therefore, it is fitting and right for all the faithful to go forth with their swords and to die for the Christian faith.”
In 1068 AD when he became Emperor, Romanus Diogenes made it his priority to act against the brutal killers of Christians. By 1069 he had amassed and marched a massive army deep into Asia Minor, liberating numerous cities from the Turks. The two forces eventually met near the city of Manzikert, Armenia just north of Lake Van. The Turkic sultan, Muhammad bin Dawud sent a delegation to parley with Romanus on the pretext of peace. Romanus spurned the emissaries and commanded them to tell their sultan that “there will be no treaty . . . and no going home except after I have done in the lands of Islam the like of what has been done in the lands of Rome [Byzantium].”
On Friday, August 26, 1071 the battle ensued … When the day was nearly spent, Romanus ordered an about-face back to camp, the only place to feed his men and water their horses.
Once he turned his back, the Turks launched an all-out assault, Romanus’s Varangian Guard were surrounded and killed to a man. Emperor Romanus unsheathed his sword and charged the Muslims killing many and chasing off more; but was surrounded and taken captive. [..] One Muslim chronicle confirms that the Christians “were killed to such an extent that a valley there where the two sides had met was filled [with their corpses].”
Sultan Muhammad declared victory and hurriedly dispatched “the cross and what had been taken from the Byzantines” to Baghdad, and “the caliph and the Muslims rejoiced. The battle opened the doorway to the permanent conquest of Asia Minor.
Before he was assassinated, the Sultan Dawud had commanded the Turks to “be like lion cubs and eagle young, racing through the countryside day and night, slaying the Christians and not sparing any mercy on the Roman nation.” This they did; and the emirs spread like locusts, over the face of the land, invading every corner of Anatolia, sacking some of ancient Christianity’s most important cities, including Ephesus, home of Saint John the Evangelist; Nicaea, where Christendom’s creed was formulated in 325; and Antioch, the original see of Saint Peter.
Muhammad bin Dawud has been honored by Muslims in general, Turks in particular, for centuries to come. For the “victory of at Manzikert was not just a military triumph over the Byzantine emperor,” explains historian Carole Hillenbrand. “it symbolized the subjugation of Christianity by Islam. Manzikert was perceived to be the first step in an epic story in which Turkish-led dynasties would defeat the Christians and proclaim the triumph of Islam.”
Little wonder that, along with another Muhammad—the sultan who conquered Constantinople in 1453—the current 2020 AD Turkish president Erdoğan never fails to honor (if not seek to emulate) this sultan, Muhammad bin Dawud, Turkey’s “Heroic Lion” and scourge of Christianity.
*Excerpted and adapted from Raymond Ibrahim’s book, Sword and Scimitar: Fourteen Centuries of War between Islam and the West full original article here
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