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Reader comment on item: [Paul H. Robinson:] U Penn Prof for Shari'a

Submitted by Graham Raelbrook (United States), Jul 26, 2004 at 09:29

From what we have witnesses as a result of the practice of Shar'ia as it affects punishments for crimes, its study can hardly be thought to win over the hears and minds of non-Muslim American students. Rather, I would have thought that its study should bring home to non-Muslims how much closer this aspect of Shar'ia is to what we know of pagan "justice" than anything derived from the Mosaic Bible which surely was a basis used, though sadly misinterpreted, by the the author of the Koran.

Distasteful though the study seems at first hearing of it, we may have to go some way with the wheel before we can stop and then hopefully reverse it. Muslims may eventually trust and listen to infidels who have studied their religion, but certainly will reject advice from infidels with the best of intentions who come to them devoid of that knowledge.

Were the punishments laid out in the Mosaic Bible carried out today, they would bring utter disgust to those of its adherents who, for example, would stone a man to death for (working) picking up sticks on the Sabbath.


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