I recently found this disturbing history lesson about the Islamic conquest of India (mp3 file). I have a friend from India, and I remember him saying telling me that the Muslims had once invaded India – something I didn’t know anything about previously. He said there was still some animosity towards Muslims because of that.
The reader of the story talks about the conquest of India, the killing and enslavement of Indians (in the millions), destruction of Hindu temples, construction of Mosques on their ruins, the burning of libraries, etc. He is from the Middle East, but doesn’t believe in Islam anymore. In fact, he’s a strong opponent of Islam. At the end of the reading, he says the first time he learned about the conquest of India was in history class as a child growing up in the Middle East. Most disturbing of all, though, was that the conquest of India was presented in school as a “glorious and heroic act of Muslim armies”, and how great it would be to return to the golden age of Islamic power. His classmates thought the story was wonderful. That’s pretty sickening.
(* Oh, I should also say that the reader claims that Muslims burned the library of Alexandria, but I’m not sure that’s been well substantiated. It’s unknown when it was destroyed, and there are other theories about its destruction. )