I received a used copy of Time of Parting as a gift from a friend. Based upon years of studying Islam’s history, conquests and the Shariah (Muslim law), I found the plot line to be historically accurate – and gruesome. The novel is based upon eye-witness accounts of the actual events. The book was made into a four and one-half hour movie, titled Time of Violence, which premiered at Cannes in 1988.
Set in 1688 during the Ottoman Turk Empire, author Anton Donchev takes us through a harrowing tale of unthinkable violence visited upon the Christian people of Elindenya in the Rhodope Mountains of Bulgaria – to convert them from Christianity to Islam. A detachment of Janissaries, hardened soldiers of Allah, forcibly taken as small boys from their Christian families and raised with terrible cruelty as Muslims, is dispatched to accomplish the mission.
What follows their arrival is not for the faint of heart.
Based on this fictionalized account of real events and my understanding of Islam’s history, the takeaway is that atrocities like this will continue to happen throughout Western Civilization, unless there is some awakening on the part of our elected leaders to the realities of Islam. Jihad is doctrinally eternal. We have yet to come to terms and formulate a realistic plan to deal with it.