Wayne State Prof Peddles Fake Islamic History

We Jews want to believe in people. We want to believe that they are honest and trustworthy, even when they are telling us bald-faced lies. That makes us pretty naive, especially with all of the lies that have been told about us over the centuries. When someone, even if they are a university professor, and even if they are polished and affable, is handing us a steaming pile of b.s. history designed to minimize Western and Jewish contributions to civilization, it is up to us to demand proof for the wild, unsubstantiated claims being made.

The audience, for the first of three lectures by Saeed Khan and Howard Lupovitch, seem to have left their critical faculties at home. They accepted every historical revision that Khan threw at them.

Next, Khan declared that although Columbus captained the Santa Maria on his first voyage to the New World, the Nina and Pinta were captained by two Muslim brothers, Vincente Yanez Pinzon and Martin Alonso Pinzon. Yet there is no proof that the brothers were Muslim, only assertions. Building on his earlier fiction of a 10th-century Muslim discovery of America, Khan added “there was a litany of Muslim cartographers, navigators, as well as maps, so it really then changes this narrative that Columbus found something new. It seems as though there was already a prescribed route.”

The same uncritical acceptance of Muslim legend underlay Khan’s claims about the 16th-century Spanish Muslim slave Estevanico (aka Estaban the Moor), one of only four survivors of a large Spanish exploration party who, after the deaths of their comrades, trekked from Florida to Mexico. Although historians believe Estavanico was baptized into Catholicism before reaching Hispaniola, Khan grouped him with the Pinzon brothers as men involved in the “Muslim exploration” of North America.

Not content with asserting a Muslim foundation for Old World exploration in the Western hemisphere, Khan claimed for Islam that most American of musical forms: the blues. “I remember listening on NPR, talking about blues music… and how it was inspired and influenced so heavily by the Muslim call to prayer, the Azaan, with the chord progression of it. I don’t think anyone can then go ahead and listen to a nice E-A-B chord progression without them thinking of the Azaan again as it links to the blues.”

Such fantasy further exposes Khan’s lack of seriousness as a scholar, much less as a specialist on blues. The E-A-B chord progression, which is a standard I-IV-V progression, has been very popular in Western music because it’s harmonically pleasing to the ear.

Yes, Saeed Khan, backed by Howard Lupovitch, told some whoppers. And the mostly Jewish audience uncritically ate it up. That was sad. It isn't bad enough that we're not teaching our children enough history to recognize the lies, but it's obvious that many Jewish adults don't even know enough history to challenge Khan's phony version of American history.

It's a good thing that at least one audience member thought to expose the bogus stories.