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Islam's (Mohammed's?) hostility to dogs

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Submitted by Ron Thompson (United States), Jun 13, 2009 at 12:04

to: Aymenn Jawad,

I've long been curious about Islam's curious hostility to 'man's favorite companion'. Like Islam's hostility to the human image, did this additional strange aversion come from Mohammed himself? Do you know if it was his personal hostility to Persian Zoroastrians (and their apparent fondness for dogs) that led to Islam as a whole having this unfortunate attitude?

with regard, Ron Thompson

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