| Fear of Islamism in Vienna by Tarek Fatah
| Wednesday, June 01, 2016
|It was on 9/11, but not in 2001 and not in New York. Rather, it was September 11, 1683, when Europe stopped the invading
Islamic armies at the Gates of Vienna, marking the end of the Islamic
conquest of Europe.
That is, until now. The Battle of Vienna took place after the city
had been besieged by 300,000 jihadis of the Ottoman Caliphate for two
months. Behind the city gates was the army of the Holy Roman Empire, led by
the Habsburg Monarchy and aided by Catholic legions from Poland and
Lithuania. Today, no Turkish troops besiege Vienna, but Islamism and the idea of the Islamic Caliphate still haunt Austria.
Last week, I was invited by the University of Vienna to a conference
whose title the hosts had borrowed from my book Chasing a Mirage: The
Tragic Illusion of an Islamic State. Academics from Maldives to Malaysia, Indonesia, Israel, Turkey,
Tatarstan and Egypt joined Nigerian, Senegalese and UK professors to
discuss and debate issues, leading to some spirited exchanges.
A week is too little time to get a feel for a city, let alone a
country. But through interacting with graduate students at the 600-year-
old university and judging from their questions, I sensed a genuine
fear of Islamist ideology in Austria. (And, I was told, in the Czech
Republic, Poland, Hungary and Bulgaria as well).
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