| A Muslim Professor Rewrites History
| Wednesday, July 04, 2018
Jihad Watch : "Akbar Ahmed is 75 years old and laden with honors. An internationally
respected academic, he holds the Ibn Khaldun Chair of Islamic Studies
and is Professor of International Relations at the American University,
and is the former Pakistani High Commissioner to Britain and Ireland. He
has entrée to the highest corridors of power and influence. All that
makes his current campaign of revisionism, designed to whitewash the
historical record of Muslim Spain, all the more dangerous.
No one ever calls upon Saudi
Arabia to remember its pluralist past, when Jews, Christians, and
polytheists lived in Arabia. No one ever calls upon Sharia states to be
more tolerant of non-Muslims. The onus is always only on the West.
In a piece published in mid-June,
Ahmed claimed that the Islamic caliphate in Spain “more than any other
came to represent the idea of pluralist society in Europe.”
In reality, as I show in my new book The History of Jihad From Muhammad to ISIS,
Muslim Spain was anything but pluralist — it was miserable to live as a
Christian there. Christians could never be sure that they would not be
harassed. One contemporary account tells of priests being “pelted with
rocks and dung” by Muslims while on the way to a cemetery. The dhimmis
suffered severe economic hardship: Paul Alvarus, a Ninth Century
Christian in Córdoba, complained about the “unbearable tax” that Muslims
levied on Christians.
Nor could Christians say anything about their
lot, because it was proscribed by Islamic law, and criticizing Islam,
Muhammad, or the Qur’an in any manner was a death-penalty offense.
In 850, Perfectus, a Christian
priest, engaged a group of Muslims in conversation about Islam; his
opinion of the conquerors’ religion was not positive. For this,
Perfectus was arrested and put to death. Not long thereafter, Joannes, a
Christian merchant, was said to have invoked Muhammad’s name in his
He was lashed and given a lengthy prison sentence.
Christian and Muslim sources contain numerous records of similar
incidents in the early part of the Tenth Century. Around 910, in one of
many such episodes, a woman was executed for proclaiming that “Jesus was
God and that Muhammad had lied to his followers.”
Far from being a paradise of tolerance, Umayyad Spain became a center of the Islamic slave trade.
Read it all here......................
|posted by D Swami Gwekanandam @ 1:59 PM