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Wall Street Journal praises book about Islamís glorious past, whitewashes its brutality and inhumanity
JIHAD WATCH ^ | FEB 18, 2020 2:00 PM | ROBERT SPENCER

Posted on 02/18/2020 2:00:52 PM PST by robowombat

Wall Street Journal praises book about Islam’s glorious past, whitewashes its brutality and inhumanity FEB 18, 2020 2:00 PM BY ROBERT SPENCER

In this enthusiastic, adulatory review of Justin Marozzi’s book Islamic Empires, Tunku Varadarajan, executive editor at Stanford University’s Hoover Institution and thus someone who should know better if our academic environment were not so corrupt and compromised, retails present-day academic fictions about Islamic history that outrage the historical record, and that no one who was remotely honest and even glancingly familiar with that record could repeat with a straight face.

“His previous books include biographies of Herodotus and Tamerlane, the 14th-century Turco-Mongol conqueror whom Mr. Marozzi lauds as ‘one of history’s greatest self-made men.'”

That he may have been, but Tamerlane was much more as well, yet Tunku Varadarajan and apparently Justin Marozzi don’t see fit to inform us of that fact. In The History of Jihad we learn, among much more about Tamerlane, that Sharaf ad-Din Ali Yazdi, a fifteenth-century Persian who wrote a biography of Tamerlane, observed that “the Qur’an says the highest dignity man can attain is that of making war in person against the enemies of his religion. Muhammad advises the same thing, according to the tradition of the Muslim doctors: wherefore the great Temur always strove to exterminate the infidels, as much to acquire that glory, as to signalise himself by the greatness of his conquests.” One of history’s greatest self-made men indeed.

“‘One of the defining features of Abbasid Baghdad,’ he writes of the city in its ninth-century heyday, ‘was its cosmopolitanism. Arabs lived alongside Persians, Indians, Turks, Armenians and Kurds in a capital of Jews, Christians and Muslims.’ Tolerance was ‘less something to boast about than a generally accepted way of life.'”

From The History of Jihad: “In the late 770s, the Abbasid caliph al-Mahdi traveled to Aleppo, where twelve thousand Christians greeted him with great honor. Al-Mahdi, however, was not disposed to respond in kind, and told them: ‘You have two options. Either die or convert to our religion.’ Most of the Christians chose to die rather than embrace Islam. In and around Baghdad, he noticed that the Assyrian Christians had built new churches since the Muslim conquest, in violation of dhimmi laws; he ordered them destroyed; five thousand Christians in Syria were given the choice of conversion to Islam or death. Many stayed true to their ancestral faith and chose death.”

There’s your tolerance.

S0 why does ahistorical twaddle and fantasy such as Islamic Empires get published and praised to the skies in the Wall Street Journal? Because it tells people what they want to hear.

“‘Islamic Empires’ Review: Revisiting a Glorious Past,” by Tunku Varadarajan, Wall Street Journal, January 31, 2020 (thanks to David):

…A history graduate from the University of Cambridge, Mr. Marozzi is an accomplished and ambitious writer: His previous books include biographies of Herodotus and Tamerlane, the 14th-century Turco-Mongol conqueror whom Mr. Marozzi lauds as “one of history’s greatest self-made men.” He has also written an elegant history of Baghdad. His latest work is “Islamic Empires,” a sweeping, vibrant and often irrepressible account of the cities most emblematic of Islam since that religion was promulgated by the Prophet Muhammed in the early seventh century…..

In making this last comparative point, Mr. Marozzi directs us to the most striking feature of most of the cities in his book: their onetime ethnic and religious diversity. “One of the defining features of Abbasid Baghdad,” he writes of the city in its ninth-century heyday, “was its cosmopolitanism. Arabs lived alongside Persians, Indians, Turks, Armenians and Kurds in a capital of Jews, Christians and Muslims.” Tolerance was “less something to boast about than a generally accepted way of life.” Elsewhere he writes that the Samarkand of Tamerlane—a man feared in the West as the scourge and wrath of God (to use the poet Marlowe’s famous phrase)—was “one of the most cosmopolitan cities in the world, though this owed as much to the forced movement of people and prisoners as it did to the magnetic attraction of the place.”

Even Kabul, which struggles daily to keep the Taliban at bay, was in the 16th century a polyglot place that beguiled a young Babur. When in 1504 he captured the city as a 21-year-old warrior from Fergana (in modern Uzbekistan), he was “fascinated by the human population . . . of which he had made himself master.” He found himself ruling over “many tribes, including Turks, Mughals, Arabs, Persians, and Sarts, who spoke up to twelve languages.”


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Culture/Society; Philosophy; Syria
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WSJ from open borders, to freetraitoring, to muzzard loving.
1 posted on 02/18/2020 2:00:52 PM PST by robowombat
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To: robowombat

No Islamists.


2 posted on 02/18/2020 2:01:27 PM PST by yldstrk (Bingo! We have a winner!)
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To: robowombat

Mohammed was the Hitler of the time.


3 posted on 02/18/2020 2:10:16 PM PST by Sacajaweau
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To: robowombat
My Lord and Savior's most violent act was tipping over some tables at the Temple. I try my best to follow in his ways.

Muhammad on the other hand got his start by fighting wars. (See Battle of Badr and the Meccan Wars.) That is the example for Islam.

There is a clear difference between Christians and Muslims. I am confident I know which is a religion of peace and a death cult.

Anyone who submits themselves to Islam is automatically damaged in the head.

Yes, I love my Muslim brothers, and I will love them more when they find Christ.

Per this book. No amount of fiction changes these facts.

4 posted on 02/18/2020 2:20:16 PM PST by RubinBoomer (Please be nice. I am new here. I'm open to doing things the FR way, just need to know.)
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To: robowombat

What is really hurting is the refusal of my Pope to confront their credo (articles of faith) as expressed in their Koran then equate it with Judeo/Christian mono theology. If his policy was designed to prevent conflict it has perpetuated it.


5 posted on 02/18/2020 2:23:18 PM PST by mosesdapoet (mosesdapoet aka L.J.Keslin posting here for the record hoping somebody might read and pass around)
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To: robowombat

TWANLOC.... round them up, move them out.


6 posted on 02/18/2020 2:48:42 PM PST by IWontSubmit
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To: robowombat

swamp propaganda or islamic taqqiya


7 posted on 02/18/2020 3:01:11 PM PST by PIF (They came for me and mine ... now its your turnobody even flinches as the gunshots are heard.)
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To: robowombat

The upper ranks of WSJ, as with most businesses today, are infested with leftist-indoctrinated university grads.

This unAmerican chit is to be expected now. WSJ is lost to real Americans.


8 posted on 02/18/2020 3:02:33 PM PST by polymuser (It's discouraging to think how many people are shocked by honesty and so few by deceit. Noel Coward)
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To: robowombat
You have to consider the writers for the Wall Street Journal. They were educated in universities infiltrated by Communist subversives motivated with tearing down western society. They are now the useful idiots.
9 posted on 02/18/2020 3:17:36 PM PST by jonrick46 (Cultural Marxism is the cult of the Left waiting for the Mothership.)
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To: robowombat

Don’t get excited and lose your head criticizing Islam....oh, wait a minute.


10 posted on 02/18/2020 3:50:12 PM PST by antidemoncrat
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To: yldstrk

whitewash the koran if desired, it remains with 68 passages in the koran to lie, cheat, steal and even kill the infidel. Little muslims begin at age 4 to age ten to being brainwashed and that remains with them throughtout their lives.


11 posted on 02/18/2020 5:48:57 PM PST by chopperk
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To: robowombat

Mohammed makes Charles Manson look like Mother Theresa.


12 posted on 02/18/2020 5:52:16 PM PST by The Toll
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To: robowombat

Spencer is a little hard to follow but I gather he is pointing out the author’s emphasis on medieval Arab/Muslim “multiculturalism” and de-emphasis on widepread coercion, slaughtering, forced marches, killing of rejecters of Islam and so forth, therefore producing a skewed and unrealistic picture.

It is said that history is written by the victors but in our current time we have history being overwritten by those who would be victors. Very disturbing.


13 posted on 02/18/2020 6:10:09 PM PST by malach (We live in interesting times.)
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Islam is on a collision course with the Constitution


14 posted on 02/18/2020 6:38:02 PM PST by yldstrk (Bingo! We have a winner!)
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To: StayAt HomeMother; Ernest_at_the_Beach; 1ofmanyfree; 21twelve; 24Karet; 2ndDivisionVet; 31R1O; ...
Thanks robowombat.

15 posted on 02/18/2020 11:01:37 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Imagine an imaginary menagerie manager imagining managing an imaginary menagerie.)
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To: jonrick46

If I remember correctly, the WSJ had a journalist/column writer named Jonathan Kwitny, a really strange man and as pro-Marxism as they come (esp. supporting Hanoi’s wars of aggression throughout SE Asia.

Finally there were so many complains about him, including by Accuracy in Media, that he was let go and disappeared into oblivion, which was good for America.

The New York Times had another pro-Hanoi propagandist, Anthony Lewis. He did a lot of damage to the US effort to resist communist aggression.

Then there was Sy Hersh, another red-loving, yellow journalism writer if there ever was one.


16 posted on 02/19/2020 1:25:56 AM PST by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: RubinBoomer
I doubt muchly that you are really all that ‘new’ here.

It is OK with me, I am just expressing myself.

17 posted on 02/19/2020 7:02:36 PM PST by Radix (Natural Born Citizens have Citizen parents)
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To: MadMax, the Grinning Reaper

The reason Mr Kwitny is not heard much anymore is he died on November 26, 1998


18 posted on 02/21/2020 12:03:53 AM PST by robowombat (Orthodox)
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To: RubinBoomer; robowombat; SunkenCiv; All

For those who don’t know the history behind overthrowing the tables in the Temple by Jesus.

Good Jews were required to sacrifice “clean” animals and birds to the Lord (lambs, pigeons, etc.). They were required to buy these sacrifices using Jewish coinage. Coins of many peoples including Rome were in circulation so in order to get Jewish coins people had to exchange other money at the Temple for “clean” Jewish coins. Naturally, these money changers charged a fee for this service. I don’t know how big it was, but it was enough to make Jesus (and I am sure others) angry. Profiteering in the name of God.


19 posted on 02/21/2020 8:16:17 PM PST by gleeaikin
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To: gleeaikin

Thanks for that. I always assumed the problems with the money changers had to do with something along the line of usury. I didn’t know about the clean Jewish coins. Gotta learn something everyday. Thanks


20 posted on 02/21/2020 8:26:05 PM PST by RubinBoomer (Please be nice. I am new here. I'm open to doing things the FR way, just need to know.)
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