I talked with my friend Greg about this project recently.
We covered the following:
00:30 – What the title of the book means
01:00 – Why Europeans emigrated to Africa and converted to Islam in the 1600’s
03:36 – Why “Renegades” had to move to Africa or the Ottoman Empire
04:25 – The difference between privateers and pirates
05:35 – The “American Dream” and the “Turkish Dream”
07:28 – Why it’s hard to find the Renegades in historical documents
10:40 – Giving historical figures the benefit of the doubt
11:35 – Why many documents portray the Renegades in a negative light
12:50 – Were the Renegades motivated by greed?
16:25 – How did the Renegades feel about their home countries?
17:50 – What if historical figures did more than we have record of?
19:05 – Did Andalusian and African Muslims have links to the First Nations of the Americas?
21:40 – Why any maps made by Andalusian Muslims were destroyed
Greg is a Registered Dietitian and US Army veteran based in in Fort Worth, Texas. He is the founder of Zaytun Nutrition.