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Bernard Lewis & George Bernard Shaw on Islam

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Submitted by Mike Ramirez (United States), May 31, 2016 at 09:46

Here is an interesting assessment that these two gentlemen had in expressing their views of Islam:

"If any religion had the chance of ruling over England, nay Europe within the next hundred years, it could be Islam. I have always held the religion of Muhammad in high estimation because of its wonderful vitality. It is the only religion which appears to me to possess that assimilating capacity to the changing phase of existence which can make itself appeal to every age. I have studied him - the wonderful man and in my opinion for from being an anti-Christ, he must be called the Saviour of Humanity. I believe that if a man like him were to assume the dictatorship of the modern world, he would succeed in solving its problems in a way that would bring it the much needed peace and happiness: I have prophesied about the faith of Muhammad that it would be acceptable to the Europe of tomorrow as it is beginning to be acceptable to the Europe of today."
- George Bernard Shaw, THE GENUINE ISLAM, Vol. 1, No. 8, 1936.]

"...it is the duty of those who have accepted them [Allah's word and message] to strive unceasingly to convert or at least to subjugate those who have not. This obligation is without limit of time or space. It must continue until the whole world has either accepted the Islamic faith or submitted to the power of the Islamic state."
- Bernard Lewis, "The Political Language of Islam", University Of Chicago Press; First Edition, 1988, ISBN 9780226476926 p.73

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