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The Religion of Islam, Inside and Outside

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Submitted by Robert (United States), Dec 17, 2016 at 06:05

Dear Prashant,

I think you missed my point(s). First, I would like you to focus on the Meaning of the Concept Religion in the West, as well as among the Abrahamic people, Jews Christians and Muslims.

Dr. Pipes, as a non-Muslim scholar, makes a distinction between Islam and Islamism.

My point includes observing the Meaning of Religion in the West as the Realm of Faith and that this belongs to the Believers to determine. From the outside we observe Splintering, as among the different Jewish, Christian, and Muslim Denominations, and even Cults.

It is only for those who Believe that Gog is God and Mohammad is his Prophet to determine what Islam is. For a non-Believer, like Secular Dr. Daniel Pipes, I think would be more accurate to vocalize the emergence of a new phenomena in Islam, perhaps calling it a Cult, or Cults.

In the United States, Cults are tolerated, except when their course of conduct violates the Criminal Code. What Muslim populations of the world are going through resembles what occurred in Europe in the Middle Ages and has been dignified, or maligned in history as the Crusade. One did not, and does not call these Crusaders non-Christian. In that context, Muslims who migrate to ISIS might be called participants in the "Crescent"; as the Cross is the symbol of Christianity, so the Crescent is a symbol of Islam.

On the other hand, there already exists the word "Jihad," so perhaps a more intellectually honest expression would make us the call Muslim Suicide Bombers simply "Jihadists." Accordingly, as Christians had participated centuries ago in their Crusade(s) so today Muslims participate in Jihad(s).

So the appropriate response appears to require a new Crusade, and as Russia, during its Imperial period, was the new Rome upon the collapse of Constantinople and Byzantium - the Eastern Roman Empire. Contemporary Russia under Vladimir Putin, viewed in this perspective is merely fulfilling its historic role. Similarly, Israel appears to be mimicking its own historic Zionist destiny, especially in the context of Iranian or Persian Hegemony.

Accordingly, the Religion of Islam is an aspect of the Hegemonic striving of its subject people for Hegemony against their opponents primarily Christians and Jews in that part of the world.

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