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Early Islamic conquests were also Islamists

Reader comment on item: Bibliography – My Writings on the Caliphate
in response to reader comment: Original Caliphs Were Probably Not Religious Fanatics

Submitted by Prashant (United States), Apr 6, 2017 at 05:13

Dear Dr Pipes, your reader Dave from US speculated that the early Muslim caliphs may not have been Islamists. If we have to believe the recorded history within 118 years of Muhammad's death, Islam had reached Spain in the west and India in the east. And in the same 118 years, for examples, the Zoroastrians of Persia had become dhimmis and they had become a minority in their own land. If this is not 'islamist behavior' what is? I think early caliphates were as busy being Islamists as any one since.

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