Jesus vs. Muhammed
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Submitted by Ludvikus (United States), May 21, 2014 at 07:57
Excellent article. But one might summarize the underlying forces as follows:
Judaism infiltrated the Roman Empire through one of it's "revolutionary transformations" the preaching of the Gentle Jew Jesus, who only once displayed violence when he (perhaps accidentally) overturned tables of money changers on the steps of Solomon's Temple in Jerusalem. And subsequently the mostly German or Germanic hordes that swept over all Europe "digested" his gentle ways - but not until going thru the Dark Ages as well as the Holocaust.
In another part of the Globe, another great individual, by the name of Muhammad, heard Jewish tinged voices in a cave - words which found their way into the Holy Text of the Koran. But Muhammad was an Arab warrior, and he conquered his polytheistic brethren, wiped out the Jews, and spread his work through the power of his sword and apparent military genius.
Subsequently, the Mongol and Turkic hordes overran the Muslim world, becoming highly civilized while the mostly Germanic and Slavik Europeans were still in the midst of their Dark and Medieval Ages.
In the the (Middle) East - (as opposed to the South - Africa, and Far East - Asia), the Arabs were in slumber - until the collapse of the Ottoman Empire and the conquests by England and France at the end of World War One.
What we should see here is the struggle of Christan and Muslim ways of national life, in the context of Christ's and Muhammad's examples being "digested" by "mere mortals' in the 21st century.
It isn't fair to be too impatient with the Muslim world - if we are mindful of events in Ukraine between the Catholic and Protestant Christian West vs, the Orthodox Christan East (Crimea & Russia under Putin).
It is of course not easy to quantify the Cultural changes in Civilizations over a broad span of space and time; but Daniel Pipes, as usual (in my view) recognizes a the appearance of a rainbow over the Islamic horizon.
Only in the case of Egypt, were the American-trained Sisi is busy wiping out the autocratic Muslim Brotherhood, I think Daniel Pipes wishes the way of prophet Jesus when Sisi sees the need for the prophet Muhammed's merciless ways to put Egypt on the path to Democracy in 25 years.
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