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‘Holy Islamic burial pyramid’ isn’t. It’s ‘actually ancient Greek boxer’s tomb’


The 2,400-year-old tomb was revered by local people in the Marmaris district of Turgut.

The strange hilltop pyramid tomb was believed to be te the burial place of a holy Islamic figure.

But archaeologists recently confirmed that the tomb was Greek and actually belonged to a boxer called Diagoras of Rhodes.

Another historical Islamic fiction revealed. We see this time and time again – art, discoveries, cultures, countries  – you name it,  stolen and co-opted for faked Islamic history.

Back in 2012, I wrote an expose “1001 Pieces of Islamist Propaganda: Fabricated Exhibit Comes to D.C.,” in PJ Media. In it, I  examine the disingenuous and misleading 1001 Muslim Inventions exhibit.

1001 Muslim Inventions raises more questions about the decline of Muslim civilization than it answers, yet projects like 1001 Muslim Inventions have support at very high levels. Remember in June 2010 when Charlie Bolden, the NASA chief appointed by President Obama, revealed that Obama had asked him to “find a way to reach out to the Muslim world and engage much more with predominantly Muslim nations to help them feel good about their historic contribution to science, math, and engineering”?

The truth: what contributions?

Islamic scholar Robert Spencer points out that much of what are considered Muslim inventions today, including many that 1001 Muslim Inventions celebrates, have been wildly exaggerated if not outright fabricated, “often for quite transparent apologetic motives.” You”ve heard Muslims invented the zero, right? Actually, no.

The sharia-compliant enemedia was none to pleased with my work.  Pamela Geller Blasts National Geographic Museum Exhibit For Romanticizing Islam

Further and more extensively, read this scientists account of the Islamic lies infecting science and scholarly work: Fake miniatures depicting Islamic science are now found in the most august of libraries and history books

Jewish sites in Israel, holy Christian sites in Turkey, Hindu temples in India, Kashmir have all been stolen.

But one scientist asks this critical question:

But what happens when we start fabricating objects for the tales we want to tell? Why do we reject the real material remnants of the Islamic past for their confected counterparts? What exactly is the picture of science in Islam that are we hoping to find? These fakes reveal more than just a preference for fiction over truth. Instead, they point to a larger problem about the expectations that scholars and the public alike saddle upon the Islamic past and its scientific legacy….

Islamic ‘Holy Site’ Turns Out to Be Greek Boxer’s Tomb…


‘Holy Islamic burial pyramid’ where villagers sacrificed animals for decades ‘actually ancient Greek boxer’s tomb’

AN ISLAMIC holy site once believed to be the tomb of a saint was actually built for a famous Ancient Greek boxer.

Local worshippers had “sacrificed goats and chickens” at the Turkish tomb for decades – but now fear that their prayers were in vain.


An ancient pyramid tomb was once believed to have belonged to an Islamic saintCredit: TRT

But archaeologists now believe the tomb belongs to Diagoras of Rhodes, a famous Ancient Greek boxerCredit: TRT

The 2,400-year-old tomb was revered by local people in the Marmaris district of Turgut.

The strange hilltop pyramid tomb was believed to be the the burial place of a holy Islamic figure.

But archaeologists recently confirmed that the tomb actually belonged to a boxer called Diagoras of Rhodes.

“I used to kiss

Diagoras of Rhodes is believed to have claimed boxing victories at several Olympic gamesCredit: TRT

Locals would kiss the tomb and take clumps of Earth from it as a blessingCredit: TRT
The tomb is notable for its strange pyramidal ceilingCredit: TRT

“People would sacrifice chickens or goats for their prayers to be answered,” she added.

The tomb served as a pilgrimage site for Muslims, who had named it Çağbaba.

Townsfolk would pray at the tomb and ask for good fortune, rain, fertility or safe return from military service.

But it turns out that the place has no religious history.

“Diagoras won many prizes, and these have been found in many different temples,” said archaeologist Raşit Öztürk, speaking about Diagoras’ tomb.

“He was a boxer who would draw applause from people when he walked the streets.”

Diagoras of Rhodes was an Ancient Greek boxer who lived in the 5th century BC.

He was descended from the king of Ialysus, and was the winning boxing twice in the Olympic Games.

And the pugilant champ also claimed victories in the Isthmian, Nemean and Pythian Games.

The hillside tomb has no religious history to speak ofCredit: TRT

It was reportedly built to celebrate the life of DiagorasCredit: TRT

 A statue to Diagoras is erected in modern-day Rhodes

A statue to Diagoras is erected in modern-day Rhodes

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