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Bernard Lewis says that Islam means peace

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Submitted by Amjad M. Khan (United States), Jul 1, 2007 at 10:43

Dr. Pipes:

On page 79 of his book, The Political Language of Islam (University of Chicago Press, 1988), historian Bernard Lewis states as follows:

"While the connotation of salam is thus primarily religious--indeed, the word "Islam" itself is derived from the same root--it does sometimes have the sense of more mundane "safety" or "security," i.e., the lack of trouble or danger."

How do you explain this "nonsense"?

Amjad

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Daniel Pipes replies:

Easily. Read it again and note that Lewis is referring to the word salam, not islam. Salam, I noted, does mean peace.

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