Whitewash! Islam’s hidden history of conquest and intolerance exposed!



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WHITEWASH!

ISLAM’S HIDDEN HISTORY OF CONQUEST AND INTOLERANCE EXPOSED!
By Eric V. Snow
TABLE OF CONTENTS

INTRODUCTION

HAVE MUSLIMS AND ACADEMIC LIBERALS WHITEWASHED ISLAMIC HISTORY? ……………………………………………………………………………….4


CHAPTER 1
WERE MEDIEVAL MUSLIMS REALLY TOLERANT WHEN JUDGED BY MODERN STANDARDS?


MEDIEVAL MUSLIM LEVELS OF RELIGIOUS TOLERATION EXAGGERATED 2

CASES WHEN MEDIEVAL MUSLIMS PERSECUTED THE JEWS 4


MUSLIMS IMPOSE SPECIAL DISCRIMINATORY TAXES ON NON-MUSLIMS 5

TRADITIONAL CHRISTIANS SUFFERED UNDER ISLAMIC RULE ALSO  6

THE MYTH OF ISLAMIC “TOLERANCE” FOR RELIGIOUS MINORITIES 7

DID THE DHIMMIS IN CYPRUS LIVE PEACEABLY UNDER TURKISH RULE? 8

IS THERE ISLAMIC TOLERANCE IN AFGHANISTAN? 9

HOW FREE DO MODERATE MUSLIMS FEEL ABOUT SPEAKING OUT? 9

DO MUSLIMS CONDEMN THEIR EXTREMISTS’ ATROCITIES ENOUGH? 10

DOES MUSLIM TEACHING ON JIHAD ONLY GO BACK TO IBN TAYMIYA?  11

HOW MANY BATTLES DID MUHAMMAD HIMSELF PARTICIPATE IN? 17

DOES THE OLD TESTAMENT’S WARFARE EXCUSE JIHAD TODAY?  18

KHOMEINI CITES THE QURAN’S PRO-JIHAD STATEMENTS 19

DOES THE MUSLIM DOCTRINE OF JIHAD MAKE MUSLIM NATIONS LESS PEACEFUL? 21

IS MUSLIM AGGRESSION WRONG ALSO? 24

SHOULD MUSLIMS BE TOLD TO FORGET PAST MISTREATMENT BY CHRISTIANS? 24

HAVE THE MUSLIMS ALWAYS BEEN VICTIMS OF WESTERN AGGRESSION? 26

WESTERN IMPERALISM AS PAYBACK FOR EARLIER JIHADS BY TURKS AND ARABS 28

MUSLIM ARMIES ALSO COMMITTED ATROCITIES 31

IS SOMEBODY’S IMPERIALISM OR CONQUEST MORALLY SUPERIOR TO SOMEONE ELSE’S? 32

IS THERE A STATUTE OF LIMITATIONS ON (REVERSING THE RESULTS OF) IMPERIALISM? 35

WERE THE WESTERN IMPERIALISTS REALLY LESS IGNORANT THAN THE MEDIEVAL MUSLIM JIHADISTS? 37

HOW AN IMPERIALIST POWER CAN DESTROY FUTURE CRITICISMS OF ITS ACTIONS! 38

DOES IGNORANCE EXCUSE BOTH WESTERN AND ISLAMIC CIVILIZATIONS? 40

THE WEST DISCOVERS SOLUTIONS TO ITS COLLECTIVE SINS 40

ARGUMENTS THAT WHITEWASH ISLAMIC CIVILIZATION’S SINS ALSO WOULD EXCUSE THE WEST’S 42

WHEN A RELIGION’S ADHERENTS ACT OUT OF NON-RELIGIOUS ECONOMIC OR POLITICAL MOTIVES, IS THEIR FAITH GUILTLESS THEN? 45

WHY A “CULTURAL” EXPLANATION DOESN’T EXCUSE ISLAM AS A RELIGION FOR OPPRESSING WOMEN 47

WHY ARE MISTREATED MUSLIMS MORE VIOLENT ON AVERAGE THAN OTHER MISTREATED PEOPLE? 56

WHY DOES PALESTINE PRODUCE MORE TERRORISM THAN TIBET? 59

IDEOLOGY, NOT SOCIOLOGICAL VARIABLES, EXPLAIN WHY MUSLIMS TURN TO TERRORISM MORE OFTEN THAN OTHER MISTREATED PEOPLE 61

WHY DOESN’T WESTERN MEDIA DECADENCE CAUSE CHRISTIAN TERRORISM? 63

DO POVERTY, OPPRESSION, UNEQUAL INCOMES, ETC., EXPLAIN WHY WESTERN MUSLIMS TURN VIOLENT? 64

THE GREATER IDEOLOGICAL SOURCES FOR MUSLIM TERRORISM 66

THE IDEOLOGICAL REASONS WHY AMERICAN TROOPS STATIONED IN SAUDI ARABIA SO PROVOKE MUSLIMS 73

INCONSISTENCIES IN PRACTICE DIFFER FROM STRICTLY FOLLOWING IDEOLOGY 75

THE INTRINSIC TENDENCY OF SECULAR MUSLIM GOVERNMENTS TO BECOME LESS TOLERANT OVER TIME AS THEY BECOME MORE ISLAMIC 76

SAMUEL HUNTINGTON ON THE CLASH OF CIVILIZATIONS: THE WEST VERSUS ISLAM 77

ARE ISLAMIC SOCIETIES MORE APT TO GO TO WAR?  78

 STATISTICAL, EMPIRICAL EVIDENCE FOR ISLAM’S “BLOODY BORDERS” 79

WHAT IS AMERICA HATED FOR? HER VIRTUES OR HER FLAWS? 82

DOES SWIFT AND SURE RETALIATION DETER TERRORISM? 85

RELIGIOUS IDENTITY MORE IMPORTANT FOR MUSLIMS THAN NATIONAL ONE 86

HOW MUCH TERRORISM DOES LATIN AMERICA EXPORT TO AMERICA?  87

AMERICA IS CONDEMNED FOR BOTH SUPPORTING AND OVERTHROWING MUSLIM DICTATORSHIPS 90

WHAT IS THE CORRECT DEFINITION OF “TERRORISM”? 91

HOW MUSLIM THREATS VERSUS LIBERALS PAY OFF  92

HOW LETTING THE PALESTINIAN ARABS RESETTLE AMONG ARABS WOULD HAVE MOSTLY SOLVED THE PROBLEM 98

HOW A LACK OF FORGIVENESS HOLDS BACK MUSLIMS, PALESTINIANS  103

DID THE JEWS INTENTIONALLY ETHNICALLY CLEANSE THE ARABS? 104

DOES CURSING ISRAEL TODAY CAUSE ARAB MUSLIMS TO BE CURSED?  105

MARK TWAIN’S DESCRIPTION OF A DESOLATE HOLY LAND IN 1867 106

THE PROBLEM WITH THE NATIVE-ILL-USE-OF-LAND ARGUMENT 108

DO THE OPPRESSED SIN BY REBELLING AGAINST THEIR OPPRESSORS? 108

DOES GOD USE PEOPLE WHO SIN TO ACCOMPLISH HIS OVERALL WILL? 110

TO FULFILL PROPHECY, SOME ARABS HAD TO BE DISPLACED BY JEWS 111

THE ARGUMENT FROM AUTHORITY USED AGAINST OPPONENTS OF ISLAM 114

AD HOMINEM ARGUMENTS THAT INSULT OPPONENTS ARE ALSO UNSOUND 118

HOW HISTORICALLY ACCURATE IS WHY I AM NOT A MUSLIM? 119

HOW RELIABLE IS THE TESTIMONY OF MUSLIM FOREIGN STUDENTS? 120

IS CONDEMNING ISLAM EVER “RACIST”? 124

IS SELECTIVE RACIAL PROFILING OF MUSLIM ARAB AMERICANS WRONG? 125

BRITISH PUBLIC OPINION POLLS DOCUMENT MUSLIM RADICALISM 126

SHOULD HUMAN GOVERNMENTS GIVE PEOPLE THE FREEDOM TO VIOLATE GOD’S LAW? 139

GOD’S POSSIBLE INTERVENTION IN ANY NUMBER OF POSSIBLE TURNING POINTS IN OTHER CIVILIZATIONS 140

COULD HAVE THE MONGOLS SO EASILY CONQUERED THE WEST? 141

SO CAN A DOUBLE STANDARD BE DEFENDED AFTER ALL? 154

MORALLY JUDGING BY USING THE SAME YARDSTICK 157



APPENDIX: IS THE QURAN THE WORD OF GOD?

THE RATIONAL CASE AGAINST THE QURAN’S INSPIRATION



INTRODUCTION

INTRODUCTION



HAVE MUSLIMS AND ACADEMIC LIBERALS WHITEWASHED ISLAMIC HISTORY?
Is Islam is a religion of peace? That’s the generally proclaimed politically correct party line. But does Islamic history really bear this out? Do Muslims condemn (successful) acts of imperialism in their own history as much as liberal western intellectuals condemn European and American imperialism in recent centuries? Or is Western imperialism singularly morally condemned because it acted last (and most successfully)? Why does the American liberal and cultural elite apparently fear the American Religious Christian Right working through normal democratic processes politically more than militant Islam’s terrorism, even after 9-11? Why should medieval Catholic Crusaders or Western Imperialists be more condemned than the Arab and Turkish Muslims who invaded and took over vast areas via jihads? Indeed, why are jihads good, but crusades evil? Aren’t all holy wars really equally unholy? Are Muslims historically merely the passive victims of Western and Christian imperialism? Or were they aggressors in the past, and later paid the price for their aggression when the nations they conquered or attacked retaliated? It’s time to unveil generally hidden truths about Islamic history and culture. The powerful solvent of historical truth and evenhanded moral evaluations dissolves many historical claims about Islamic civilization promoted by both Muslims and liberal Western academics. This book makes the case that many intellectuals and historians have whitewashed Islam’s history while blackening the Christian West’s by comparison when the same moral standards are applied to both civilizations.

CHAPTER 1
WERE MEDIEVAL MUSLIMS REALLY TOLERANT WHEN JUDGED BY MODERN STANDARDS?
MEDIEVAL MUSLIM VS. CATHOLIC RELIGIOUS TOLERATION
Undeniably, medieval Catholicism showed itself extremely intolerant of other religions, as its general treatment of the Jews and wars against Muslims show.  But according to the normal historical claim, Medieval Islam was much more tolerant. It did have a system of toleration in place for Christians and Jews (although not officially for pagans so much, which would include Hindus).  But this system of toleration simply can't be confused with the systematic religious toleration that came of age in Western culture during the Enlightenment and afterwards, such as epitomized in the First Amendment of the United States Constitution.  

It’s very unlikely that the Islamic world would have devised this political theory on its own because in orthodox Islam the religious establishment (i.e., "church" in the West) isn't separate in authority from the state, even as a matter of theory.  When Jesus told his questioners to render unto Caesar the things that are Caesar's, and the things that are of God to God (see Mark 12:17), He revealed a difference in authority, even as Paul acknowledged that the powers that be as had authority derived from God (Romans 13).  It's much easier to untangle the church from the state in Christendom, even in Catholic countries, than to separate the religious establishment from governmental authority in Muslim countries.  For example, consider the pressure to adopt the Sharia on Muslim countries that are or were officially secular, such as Egypt.  The great exception, Turkey, was a result of Mustapha Kemal's persecution campaign against Muslim practices, and was just an imported version of preexisting Western practices and political theory. For example, at least until very recently, a Muslim woman in Turkey wasn’t allowed wear a headscarf to a public/tax-supported university.






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