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Islamic ban on pork consumption

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Submitted by Lars Nielsen (Denmark), Mar 10, 2014 at 14:50

In his comments on Islam's inadvertent patterns, mr Pipes mentions the ban on pork consumption as the reason for desertation in many islamic countries (Because sheep and cattle ate up the grass).

This ban originates from the Old Testimony (The Thorah). Never the less, the Old Testimony tell us again and again, that Israel was very fertile.

What is the explanation. Does the Bible lie, or did the old israelites feed their cattle and sheep in a different way not so damaging to the soil ?

Or is mr. Pipes wrong in assuming, that the ban on pork caused the desertation of islamic countries ?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

First, this is the thesis of a distinguished geographer, Xavier de Planhol, and is not mine.

Second, it is not an assumption but a conclusion from the evidence.

Third, I do not know the effect of the ban on pigs in ancient Israel - perhaps it was parallel, perhaps not. That is an interesting question but not my topic.

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