69 million page views

A jovial instance of modifying Quranic interpretation

Reader comment on item: Q&A: Remaking a Religion
in response to reader comment: COMPARING ISLAM TO CHRISTIANITY

Submitted by Erich W (United States), Dec 31, 2010 at 16:44

Concerning the renegade seaman, Muslim convert and Sea Jihadi (pirate), Ali Bitshnin, 17th century, as related by Adrian Tinniswood, in Pirates of Barbary:

"On one occassion, his galleys were taking in water near Oran when a Moor came up to hiim and asked if he might be allowed to kill one of the Christian slaves, "which is the most acceptable sacrifice that can be made to the Prophet." The Captain of the Sea told him he'd be happy to oblige, and then gave a sword and a dagger to his biggest, roughest galley slave and sent him to chase the Moor away. When the man summoned up the courage to come back and complain, Ali Bitshnin laughed at him, saying there was no honor in killing a man who couldn't defend himself: "Mohamet was a generous and valiant man; go and bid your sherif furnish you with a better explication of the Alcoran." A jovial captain might do more than the scholars of the ulema, forcing them to find an interpretation that does less harm.

Submitting....

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Comment on this item

Mark my comment as a response to A jovial instance of modifying Quranic interpretation by Erich W

Email me if someone replies to my comment

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

See recent outstanding comments.

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2023 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)