Nicolai Sennels: “Cultural psychology: How Islam managed to stay medieval for 1,400 years”

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Cultural psychology: How Islam managed to stay medieval for 1,400 years
By: Nicolai Sennels, Psychologist

While almost all other cultures changed from primitive and medieval to democratic and egalitarian societies, one culture has managed to keep even its most brutal and backward traditions and values for 1,400 years until today. Still today, the majority of Muslims prefer to live by values that can be traced all the way back to the desert tribes in which the founder of their religion lived. Getting to know life in Muslim families and societies is like traveling back to the time of Muhammad. Here one finds shocking laws and traditions that are obviously criminal and inhumane a�� but for some reason accepted a�� in our otherwise humanistic culture.

While non-Muslim scientists invent new fantastic medicines and technologies daily; discover the most amazing things about the universe, its building blocks and inhabitants; and Western voters and politicians have created the most humane, rich and free societies in world history – most Islamic countries are still amputating limbs for theft; stoning women and homosexuals; heavily inbred; denying people free speech and democracy; and contributing absolutely nothing when it comes to science, human rights or peace.

What are the cultural psychological factors making Islam able to stay medieval for 1,400 years?

One main factor is that while all other religions allow their followers to interpret their holy scriptures, thereby making them relatively adaptable to secular law, human rights and individual needs, Islam categorizes Muslims who do not take the Quran literally as apostates. And according to Islamic law, the sharia, apostasy is to be punished with death. The sharia thus makes it impossible for Islamic societies ever to develop into modern, humanistic civilisations.

The fact that Muslims deviating from the Quranic world view are to be punished has the direct consequence that scientific facts conflicting with the naive and childish world view held in pre-Enlightenment cultures are suppressed. Together with massive inbreeding a�� 70 percent of Pakistanis, 45 percent of Arabs and at least 30 percent of Turks are from first cousin-marriages (often through many generations). This has resulted in the embarrassing fact that the Muslim world produces only one tenth of the world average when it comes to scientific research, and are dramatically under-represented among Nobel Prize winners. Fewer books have been translated into Arabic in the last thousand years than the amount of books translated within the country of Spain every year.

Within Islam, faith and tradition is obviously valued far, far more than inventions and discoveries that would ease suffering and lead to a more reasonable understanding of the complexity of the universe and the potential of its inhabitants.

Child rearing
Another powerful defence mechanism within Islamic culture is found within Muslim child rearing. A very real threat of violence and even death is over every Muslim childa��s head, should he or she decide to choose another life style than that of its parents. Even if the parents allow their child to choose his or her own religion a�� or none at all a�� other Muslims are dedicating their lives to kill them. Together with the wide use of violence and even torture within Muslim families, the horrific amount of daily family executions of Muslim youth is enough to keep the vast majority from even considering escaping the way of the sharia. The Qurana��s and the Hadithsa�� many promises of hellfire to those who go against Muhammada��s orders and example scares many from leaving the culture that brings them so much suffering. I clearly remember how several Muslim inmates at the prison I was working in as a Psychologist expressed what seemed to be compassion, when I told them that I do not believe in Allah.

In order to further make sure that children grow up to follow the same patterns as their family, many of them are subjected to mind-numbing repetitions of Islama��s exceedingly violent scriptures, making many of them ticking time bombs wherever they live.

Muhammada��s teaching that Muslim females can only marry Muslim males a�� often within their own bloodline a�� further bolsters the culture of his followers against outside influence. The fact that the wives are kept like slaves (in that they can only divorce if they are set free by an Islamic authority) keeps them from escaping the religion and very often violent husbands, leavingA�them with veryA�few freedoms and rights. Should they choose to run away or divorce, they will in most cases be cut off by their family and the often violent father is entitled to the children. Because they are categorized as outcasts and have had no or very little right to educate themselves, the possibility to sustain themselves is strongly limited. On top of that, many will live with a death sentence over their head for the rest of their lives for having insulted the familya��s honor.

Almost all Muslim women are thus threatened or even forced to fulfill their responsibility of continuing and passing on the Islamic culture, including its many misogynistic aspects. And the marriage rules within Islam makes sure that non-Muslim influence is not invited into the family.

View on non-Muslims
One basic principle within Islam is hating and harming non-Muslims. The Islamic scriptures are full of dehumanizing propaganda against us, and contain dozens of orders for Muslims to suppress, harm and kill atheists and followers of all other religions. The devaluation and demonizing of non-Muslims can easily be compared to the wartime propaganda spread about the enemy by governments in order remove their soldiersa�� psychological hindrances that would otherwise keep them from attacking the opponent. Not surprisingly, Muslims are not allowed to take non-Muslims as friends.

Thus keeping a mental and physical distance to people from other cultures, Islam prevents its followers from being influenced and inspired by our less barbaric values.

Ethnic pride
Another cultural psychological factor enabling Islamic culture to remain unchanged in a globalised world with all its possibilities concerns Muslimsa�� ethnic pride. No matter how ridiculous or embarrassing it may seem to the outsider, most Muslims are proud of being Muslim and a follower of Islam. According to Islam they are destined to dominate the rest of us, and we are so bad that we deserve the eternal fire. Working as a psychologist in prison, I heard how the Muslim inmates talk about their non-Muslim victims a�� and their victims were always non-Muslims, unless it concerned women or rival gangs a�� and I have no doubt that there exists a severe and widespread racism against non-Muslims among Muslims.

The cultural osmosis
Islamic culture thus has several defence mechanisms that prevents it and its followers from being influenced by non-Muslim values. At the same time, Westerners expressing pride in our country, culture or faith are immediately branded as racists, nationalistic or intolerant.

At the same time, we in the West have a longstanding tradition of tolerance and openness, together with the multicultural agenda pushed by the Left, the Media, EU and UN. The cultural osmosis can therefore go only one way: Islam stays where it is, while it drags the West back into medieval darkness, with its limitation of free speech and pre-enlightenment-style acceptance of religious dogmas and sensitivities.

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  1. Well,what is the world expected to say on this article? It should be made compulsory reading from infant school upwards(especially in parliament).Truly satan stalks the earth today.Strange how muslims are portrayed on getting along with/having friends of people of other faiths…..never in this world!

  2. This analysis is 100% correct

    Here is an analysis of the human social mechanism that holds Islam together and prevents change. (Here is the begining.)

    Would you wear a T-shirt with a Mohammad cartoon printed on it?

    You might in Montana. Don’t try it in Mecca.


    Because, Islam trains a small number of its most devout believers it’s OK to kill. And Islamic killers have been trained to kill anyone who insults Allah and/or Mohammad.

    In Montana you’d have a good chance none of these Islamic killers would see you.

    In Mecca you wouldn’t last five minutes. One of Islam’s killers would come from out of nowhere and kill you. It is that simple.

    You don’t believe me? Ask any Muslim!

  3. The main element that drags everything backwards in Islam is that fact that the 7th century is seen as ‘perfect’. Since perfection lies 14 centuries ago, Muslims look backwards to ‘perfection’, rather than forwards to progress.

    For that reason, Islam cannot produce progress in any field of endeavor.

  4. I believe that most of what you outlined is common knowledge amongst those of us in the west and thereby lies the problem. We have two civilisations, entirely incompatible, attempting to exist and occupy the same planet. Muslims cannot ignore western beliefs or ideals and contrary to what our politicians appear to believe, we cannot ignore Islam and we do so at our peril.
    The Muslim world will never accept western scientific progress as do Christians, Hindus, Buddhists and Jews, even though they would clearly benefit from doing so.
    Theirs is a regressive, backward-looking belief system as outlined, with no thought of a better future for mankind at all. The very nature of the Islamic belief system allows no room for philosophic or rational, intellectual argument, therefore it cannot be criticised, challenged, revised, or altered in any way.
    If we are to advance our civilisation as a whole we must eradicate Islam from the planet. That means we must not excuse it, ignore it, condone it, promote it or allow it to flourish. All mosques must be destroyed word-wide, for instance. Religious tolerance must also be re-assessed in light of the nature of Islam.
    Multi-culturism, as practised by our politicians, is an abject failure on all fronts and must now be reversed and rejected. The cost of doing this will be high, but the cost of not doing this will be greater still.
    The world is entering a catastrophic era mainly due to cultural and philosophic nihilism practised via socialist ideals. It is time to abandon the collective imperative and embrace individualism via pure laissez-faire capitalism, the only moral ideal.

  5. Which is why Islam and secular representative democracy are mutually incompatible.

    One, or the other, must go.

    • Yes Paul Ellis, I agree completely with you that Islam must be eradicated. Most of the troubles in this world comes from Muhammad and his Islam.
      Just highlight all the violent hot spots on a world map. Its mostly Muslim nations!

      The most effective way to eradicate Islam is for all the other religions to target Muslims and try to convert them.
      Father Zakaria Botros (he has his website) has been very effective in this.

      We need to learn from this Coptic priest Father Zakaria Botros and emulate him.

      • No, The Most Effective way to Eradicate Conservatism is Put all Conservatives(Haters, Islamophobes and Racists) into Alternate Education. or Concentration Camp.

        The Most Violent Hot spots on the World Map is Balkans, You Dumb Islamophobic Conservative Fuck.!!!

        DIE!!!!, You Fucking Islamophobic Conservative Shit DIE!!!!!!.

    • Fucking Islamophobic Conservative Authoritarian Scumbag.


      Why Islamophobia and Conservative Representative Authoritarian are Mutually Incompatible?

  6. Good vs. evil; light vs. dark; love vs. hate; Jesus vs. Mohammed; Islam is Lucifer…. Dark times are upon us. We must fight for light and goodness.

  7. As Aayan Hirsi Ali has put it so well in an excellent address (, Islam is a philosophy of the hereafter, whereas Western Liberal Democracy is a philosophy of ‘life on earth’.

    It helps to explain why the slogan of Hamas (and other extremists) is that “As you love life, we love death”.

    The (generally miserable) mortal existence which most Muslims experience is seen as but a short transition on the route to paradise, and that journey can be expedited and guaranteed most effectively by martyrdom. That is, by dying in the service of Allah.

    It is, of course, totally incompatible with any form of rational, human thinking – be that European, Western, liberal or any other culture apart from Islam.

    Nicolai’s articles are so refreshingly apposite, but it’s a tragedy that neither our politicians nor the mainstream media seem to have 1) the sense, or 2) the courage to face up to this problem. Because in a metaphorical sense Islam is not so much a case of saying “Houston, we have a problem”, it’s a case of saying “Planet Earth, we have a problem.” There are 1.6 billion Muslims on Earth – and that in itself is a serious problem, by any account.

  8. Sorry. I don’t agree with you on the “Ethnic pride” part. Almost all tribes or nomadic ethnicities who are muslims or have converted to Islam have no pride in their culture. What about northern africans? What about those levantines and South asians? Their view of Islam is in terms of “Arabs are better than us” and “We are Arabs”. You see my point? Modern Egyptians think that they are Arabs and they al speak Arabic. There are exception of Muslim ethnic chauvinism that exists like Malays and Javanese muslims. But we are talking about Northern Africans and Levantine muslim people who completely lost their identity and began calling themselves Arabs.

  9. Even the Muslims that live in Israel have no idea of their ethnic and lingual roots. They are all “Arabwashed”. Islam is very disgusting, but you have to do more research on ethnic pride part.

  10. what is scary is how faithfully our President Barack Hussein Obama embraces Islam, thereby inhibiting any effort for America to have influence on reformation of Islam. Thank Go- for Egypt’s Sisi. Hope he gains widespread influence.

  11. I agree with everything the author said; except one thing; using the word medieval in comparison to islam; there is no comparison. Modern history is bringing to light the medieval world as it really was, not as it was portrayed, as a dark age.

  12. Excellent article.
    Unfortunately just try to say this stuff here in the U.S. and you’ll be branded a Racist or an Islamophobe and people will Hate You for saying “negative” things about others. This is what America’s become, a pussy-nation where Freedom of Speech is an illusion and people are conditioned not to “offend” others even if it’s the Solid Truth!
    There is No Other people on the face of the Earth this day and age as Ignorant, Intolerant, and Violent than Muslims. This Must Be circulated if Humanity is to survive!
    Muslims have The Lowest I.Q. of all human beings and are bred to be Dangerous and Xenophobic. But try to tell that to people who don’t understand Islam–THEY SAY that Islam is “just like any other religion and deserves equal respect”–and with this, Islam WILL dominate the world! Through Ignorance and Acceptance on Our Part!

  13. As a side-bar to your article Nicolai, on a sarcastic note from a veteran. Islam is purposefully opposed to science and its teachings except when it comes to modern weapons and weaponry, the science of ballistics, the science of rocketry, trajectory and warhead yields; the science of explosives, explosive yields and blast-patterns/blast-coverage (suicide vests, IEDs, etc, etc), and the want for a nuclear weapon to use on Isreal.

    Just to name a few! 😉

    • You’re right. Islam prefers simple weapons, like unsharp knifes, cutting the throats of infidel no-muslims.

      • NO, NO NO!!!!!!

        Conservatives prefers to hate, kill and Slaughter People.


        GO SUCK MY COCK!!!!!! SHITFACE!!!!!

    • Its just foolish to debate any Muslim over Allah. The whole concept of there is no god other than Allah makes them kill others.
      For sake of humanity they should be wiped out from this earth before they wipe out the whole world of itsintelligence.
      Its a modern day plague.

  14. There is another sinister outcome of this religion. Any person with intelligence who questions the medieval belief system is killed or imprisoned. Therefore, over time they are eliminating intelligence from their collective gene pool. As the generations pass they are regressing towards the stone age. This is why Imams and clerics state ridiculous things such as the sun revolves around the earth:

  15. This article is a solid “101” education for me and shows the author’s ability to look to the basic cores of ideology.

    Excellent article. I wish it had a more widely viewed outlet.

  16. No doubt about it. Western governments should outlaw Islam in its present form. Any organisation that has in its manifesto instructions to kill or subjugate anyone who disagrees with them would be outlawed as criminal. Isn’t this Islam? Time to wake up people.

  17. After we gained back our own culture from them, we destroyed theirs, about 1,000 years ago. Know your history. Neither is this a new conflict nor is it one apt to go away without solid, unbiased, emotionally detached investigation into understanding the mutually shared aspects of our world history.


    • NOOOO!!!!!!!


      Many Christians in Somalia had Fled. Because of Civil War and Dictatorship of Said Barre.

  19. I live in Germany and am christiam. My boyfriend and a lot of my friends are muslims. Their parents are as you say medievial muslims but they are not. They hold on to some of the traditions but not all of them,they are mostly forced by their families into marriage with muslims but not all of them. The muslims that were borne here are somewhat different. On the other hand I am most certain that the asyl seakers comeing from the middle east are going to be a huge problem,but time will tell… The biggest problem is that we,the western civilisation,do not hold together as they do. That is what could ultimately destroy us.

  20. This is true 100% When Islam came to Syria, Egypt, Iraq 1,400 years ago was a population of no more than 2% And indigenous Syriacs and Chaldeans, Assyrians now 2% This is what will happen in Europe soon Because they have a religious system is difficult to penetrate, but the same principles of religious Mnzawmthm. Which denies the rights of non-Muslim

  21. This is true 100%
    Muslims do not appreciate and care for the country because they have legislation from God telling them the Islamic nationThis know you well in the Middle Arabic speakers, and we know the religious teachings

  22. i disagree with this article. islam and culture is totally different thing. islam comes from Allah while culture is made by the race itself. like u said, “While non-Muslim scientists invent new fantastic medicines and technologies daily; discover the most amazing things about the universe, its building blocks and inhabitants; and Western voters and politicians have created the most humane, rich and free societies in world history – most Islamic countries are still amputating limbs for theft; stoning women and homosexuals; heavily inbred; denying people free speech and democracy; and contributing absolutely nothing when it comes to science, human rights or peace.” i do agree with the statement but please dont narrow ur mind and ur world perspective. there are a lot of islamic countries for example Malaysia, we do have a lot of muslim scholars in different field, astronomy, biotechnology and stuff. we also have muslims astronauts. regarding amputating the limbs for theft, stoning n stuff yes we malaysia, we dont use sharia law but do u even think that civil law is humane and fair enough? if ur daughter being raped by 20 men, do u even satisfied with the consequences that the guilty has ? and if im not mistaken civil law also influenced by the christianity. so in my opinion, u should learn islam before make assumptions about my religion, assalamualaikum ( may peace be upon u)

  23. Fiqrie, there is only one dominant culture in Islamic culture, the one that is prescribed by the acts and sayings of Muhammed. You say ‘i do agree with the statement’. If you do, leave Islam. All that is said in this article is true. And you seem to know it. Anything else you say comes in my opinion from a feeling of shame and is an attempt to say something to make your cult look somewhat positive. Which is impossible. By the way, rape by 20 men?? Where did we see that recently…..

    • Malaysia is supposed to be a moderate Islamic nation with about 65% of citizens being Muslim.

      However, the northern states of Kedah, Kelantan and Trengganu now have Sharia laws (Islamic laws). Just recently, the Federal government of Malaysia allowed these state governments to implement the amputation of limbs! These states will eventually want the legal right to stone or behead people.
      There are many laws and policies which discriminate against non-Muslims. These racist, apartheid policies and legislations are known as the Bumiputra policy.

      Muslims in Malaysia are not permitted to leave Islam. Nobody is permitted to criticize Islam or Prophet Muhammad.
      Muslim women’s rights groups like the Sisters in Islam are fighting an uphill battle for gender equality.

      • That’s Normal, Nobody Wants to Criticize Islam and Prophet Muhammed. Because, It’s Totally Stupid.

        I Like that Law in Malaysia, how they Established those Laws.

        If I Were In Politics, I Would Banned Islamophobia, Conservatism, Hate Speech, Hate Propaganda, Holocaust(Both Nazi and Soviet Holocaust) Denial, Islamophobic Propaganda, Antisemitism, Antisemitic Propaganda, Racism, Racist Propaganda, Homophobic Propaganda, Sexism, Sexist Propaganda and Homophobia.

        Haters like Islamophobes, Racists, Bigots, Conservatives, Sexists, Homophobes, Holocaust Denials shall be Punished into Life Imprisonment.

    • well fiqrie, if you have astronauts, why don’t you all blast off into space, We’ll come to your rescue when we are sure that you are merely more space rubbish, you’re doing nobody any good down here on earth.

  24. The Middle Ages, is a despective term which has little to do with the reallity of a period of European history of some 1000 years. There little similarity between the mentality and the way of life of Christians of that period to that of muslims even today. Certainly there was barbarity to a certain degree on the fall of the Roman Empire in Western Europe. However the Germanic tribes did not invade with the intention of destroying Roman civilizaiton but of copying it. Then you have the Church, which was the only strong and solid institution which survived the chaos provoked by the ´political collapse. Much of the slack of government left by the chaos was picked up by the Church. Pope Gregory I (590-604) had to take care of feeding the population of Rome as well as negotiating and also trying to convert the Lombards, and even organizing the defense of the city. Of course, there was more chaos with the Viking invasions and the muslim piracy and coastal attacks. However, the Vikings settled, became Christians and were asismilated into the Christian civilizaiton. No doubt they recognized that it was better for them than what they had in the Nordic pagan countries. Then there were many scientific inventions, many of them at the hands of the monks, during that period, not to mention the splendid art of the Romanesque an Gothic architecture and art in general. The ideal was to create a truly Christian civilization which would affect every aspect of life, and to a good degree this came about from the 11th century to the early 14th, when decadence set in and the Black Death killed a third of the population.
    Islam did have a period of splendor, the so called Golden Age, but it seems that this was thanks to taking less notice of the Quranic prescriptions and sharia. Actually when they began to impose these, decadence set in.

  25. Fantastic article! Can you have it made into a 4 minute YouTube Video, so it can be shared easily. That is the very best way to spread the message today. People read less and less, but watch summaries of good subjects freely.

  26. “the naive and childish worldview held in pre-Enlightenment cultures are suppressed”. The author buys into the patronizing notion of the so-called “Middle Ages ” as being a period of barbarity out of which Europe emerged at the time of the so-called Renaissance. This notion is mostly myth. Of course, the present world which with the use of technology is slaughtering millions of unborn babies and dumping their little bodies into the garbage and sewer systems is hardly an example of humane activity. Neither was the Roman penchant for blood’ thirsty gladiatorial games, or the throwing of born babies into the garbage, called exposure. This barbarianism was eliminated by Christianity. Europe was overrun by barbarian Germanic tribes, and who do you think fulfilled the great task of civilizing them? The Catholic Church, and it actually created Western Civilization in those supposedly dark ages. The Church gave us Universities, in the 12th century and both Romanesque and Gothic Architecture. and some of the most brilliant minds in history such as St. Augustine and St. Thomas Aquinas. As for the development of science, great progress was made in the “Middle Ages” and the modern civil and penal codes were developed taking from Roman Law and Catholic Canon Law. Like every age, there were many positive developments and some negative aspects, as human nature is not perfect. The people of the 8th to the 10th centuries had to face the Viking, Muslim and other invasions of much of Europe. I am Irish and we know something about the pillage of the Vikings and the Danes. However, those previously barbarian tribes were converted to Christianity and civilized. The notion that the misnomered Middle Ages were a period of 1000 years of backwardness and a cultural backwater is being solidly debunked at present. Some of the greatest masterpieces of literature such as the Divine Commedy of Dante and the Canterbury Tales of Chaucer were written then.


  27. Thank you for a fascinating article – We know all about Islam and its 7th century mindset. I am taking the liberty of copying your article and comments for future reference.
    The Muslims in the Middle East are showing the traits as they destroy and devour their own countries and slaughter their own people. The facts are in front of our eyes and there is no denying their savagery and their war cries of Aluha Akbar with each killing of innocents.

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