As part of this jihad against Christianity begun in 1500, piracy and slaving were the main instruments used to deprive infidel communities of useful, productive citizens and to acquire booty.Davis estimates that during three centuries of Muslim predation, as many as 1.25 million Europeans were permanently and stealthily removed from their families and communities.In response, the Catholic charity Caritas, which works with migrants and refugees, launched a campaign of support for the infant and her parents, Naime and Alper Tamga."It is a completely new dimension of online hate, targeting an innocent newborn," said Klaus Schwertner, head of Caritas in Vienna.
In his book , Ohio State history professor Robert Davis takes a close look at this rarely discussed aspect of modern history.
The hateful messages come amid tensions in Austrian society over the migrant influx to Europe and Islam.
The country's new conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz's coalition includes a far-right party.
Stalked and entrapped victims would find themselves in a North African slave market within a few days of capture or on a longer voyage as their captors pursued additional booty.
Often, the pirates would reappear at the victims’ home port waving a truce flag and displaying to distraught relatives victims available for ransom.