| Islamic Civilization - Really ???
| Monday, January 28, 2019
Jihad Watch : What “certainties” are those “promoted by today’s hardline Muslim
That it is the duty of Muslims to follow the commandments,
found in 109 verses in the Qur’an, to wage violent Jihad? That it is a
Muslim’s duty to “strike terror” in the hearts of the Unbelievers? That
Muslims should not take Christians and Jews as friends “for they are
friends only with each other”? That non-Muslims are “the most vile of
How do exhibits of Iznik tiles, Persian miniatures,
Qur’anic calligraphy, Islamic coinage, illustrations of epic romances,
oriental carpets, astrolabes, do anything to undermine those Qur’anic
commands to wage Jihad against Infidels, to strike terror in their
hearts, to avoid being friends with Christians and Jews, and to despise
the “vile” Unbelievers? None of these Qur’anic verses are the least bit
softened by that display of astrolabes, carpets, ceramics, and Arabic
Too often, we assume that Islam’s arrival on the world
stage involved some violent break with the past that brought forth a new
Muslim civilisation. The artifacts, coins, pottery, and tiles on
display here from the British Museum’s own collection from the 7th
century onwards reveal a different and more accurate history. The
Prophet Mohammed was born in 570 in a world dominated by the Sassanians
and Byzantines. He and his followers broadly followed the art and
architecture, empire and power structures, of this pre-existing world.
The earliest Islamic coins were copies of the gold and silver drachms
used by the Sassanians. Even the name of the Muslim gold coin, the
dinar, was derived from the Roman denarius.
Did not the earliest Muslims themselves believe that Islam
represented a complete break with the past, that pre-Islamic past that
Muslims dismissed as the Jahiliyya, or Time of Ignorance? Nothing that
came before Islam was of worth. The lightning conquests of the earliest
Muslims within the span of a century tore up the political structures of
the Middle East and North Africa. The Muslim warriors did not follow
the “empire [sic] and power structures” of the pre-Islamic world, but
rather smashed those political entities to bits and incorporated the
conquered territories into the earliest caliphates. Islam was both a
faith and a politics, and in both, it broke with the past.
Read it all here...................
|posted by Major D Swami (Retired) @ 10:53 AM