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how did Muslims come to control an area from Indonesia to Morocco?

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Submitted by AAA (India), Jun 10, 2013 at 23:24

My question is to Dr. Pipes. If you ask "how did Muslims come to control an area from Indonesia to Morocco?". Does that mean religion can spread only through violence. Then you must also ask how did Christians come to control an area spanning across Europe and America?".

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