Strangely enough, although this account is dynamite from the Muslim perspective, it's very short on the details of Muslim violence, rape, and enslavement, and far too respectful of the cultural and scientific accomplishments of Muslims. Muslims accomplished very little that was not produced by the various civilizations they conquered and destroyed.
Islam is a precarious religion in one sense. It's extremely rigid, intolerant of discussion or dissent, and typically kills any of its members who try to convert to another religion. It would therefore be extremely vulnerable except for its huge numbers. It's hard to argue with a billion people.
posted on 11/20/2002 4:27:07 PM PST
Muslims accomplished very little that was not produced by the various civilizations they conquered and destroyed
And what they did create was done in the time before they came to the current understanding of the Koran as "infallible". Man, you've got to be really whigged out to consider something "infallible" when around a fifth of it isn't even comprehensible, and when there are major contridictions between it's parts. Now there are contridictions between the Old and New Testaments of the Christian Bible, but those are explained within the New Testament itself. There are also mis-translations, but most religous scholars are working on those, and it's only the traditionalists who oppose these revisions (for example many like the style of the King James version) and a few fundamentalists who insist that some version is the final word and nothing has been lost (or gained) in the translations over the centuries.
posted on 11/20/2002 5:07:28 PM PST
by El Gato
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