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Historical Treatment of Islam Remains Contentious in Its Inconsistency

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Submitted by M Tovey (United States), Sep 5, 2021 at 16:57

As a latecomer to the treatises and other academic works concerning Islam and its advocacy, for this observer, Dr. Pipes' forum provided the best of many sources in the treatment of the topic, including opinions from both pro-Islamism to Islamophobic ends of the spectrum; but mostly from the discussions of historical treatments of the subject by al-Tabari and other practitioners and adherents of Islam throughout the centuries. From a decidedly religiously ideological perspective (setting aside the pro-Messianic posture of this observer), the instigation of Islam from its earliest beginnings, through the middle ages catechismic inflections of post Prophet interpretations, through today's repudiations of any attempts to make Islam 'modern' in order to be more palatable to 'western' sensibilities (attempts to distill the hardline stance against infidels), Islam, in its current form appears to have survived those attempts of modernization, as can be seen in the intractability of the recent fall of Afghanistan and the resilient posturing of the Iranian Islamic Regime and its worldwide following, proxies and all.
Has anyone finally understood why? Similar to arguments made centuries ago about the Jewish Scriptures (and the later assessments of Christianesque interpretations), the inconsistencies were treated as insignificant to the cause; that whatever was intrinsic to the beliefs of the early Arabic influences were, similar for differing to the way as the Jewish Scriptures, were distilled in such a way that the totality of its topic was made superior to its inception. Yet here is the difference to the Jewish Scriptures (and the true messianic basis of belief); while it can be demonstrated that the Quran does contain Aramaic/Syriac influences, they were altered in order to contradict the Jewish Scriptures, not confirm them. The Jewish Scriptures remain true to their inception as can be seen in the current fulfillments. Islam must continue to reject them.
Afghanistan is the warning: who is listening?

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