While Europe was busily engaged in internal strife in the early 17th century, bands of seasoned pirates and soldiers from North Africa launched their ships and set sail northwards under an Islamic flag.
Sailing past the coasts of Western Europe, they headed for the Atlantic islands of Ireland, the Faeroe Islands and Iceland. Attacking and pillaging unsuspecting White communities, the raiders made off with anything of value, as well as taking White prisoners whom they sold into slavery and demanded ransom for their release.
Many of the prisoners were converted to Islam, but a fair number would in time regain their freedom and manage with great hardship to find their way back to their homelands. Atlantic Jihad recounts the history of these marauders and the impact upon their victims.