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Reader comment on item: How the Cartoon Protests Harm Muslims [by Leading to a Separation of Civilizations]
in response to reader comment: Cartoons can get infidels killed

Submitted by Amir (United States), Feb 18, 2006 at 16:44

Ali: "Here is what the dutch scholar Konrad Elst wrote in "Negation in Iddia (read it in library of faithfreedom.org)"

Bogus source .. This is like quoting a Nazi site on Judaism or quoting The Protocols of the Elders of Zion as a source. How about citing websites from real scholars from real universities?

Prof. Marc J. Gilbert from North Georgia College and State University


"The first Muslim military attack on an Indian kingdom was in response to attacks on Muslim sea traders which began in 711. An army under Muhammad ibn Qasim conquered the kingdom of Sind on the western coast of India. The kingdom was temporarily added to the Umayyad Empire. Populations of conquered territories were treated as people of the book and granted religious toleration of their Hindu beliefs in return for payment of the poll tax on non-believers. Most of the administrative elite of conquered territories continued to serve new Muslim masters. The Muslims continued to recognize the Brahmin caste system. Little conversion of conquered populations was attempted."

"Through the conquest of Sind, Indian scientific advances were disseminated to the Islamic world. Of great importance was the adoption of mathematical numerals, which spread from the Islamic world to the West. Arabs who migrated to the kingdom of Sind and other Islamic regions of India rapidly assimilated Indian lifestyles. From their enclave in Sind, Muslim traders extended their influence to trading enclaves in Malabar and Bengal."

"By the thirteenth century, Islamic dynasties ruled much of northern India. Islam was never able to replace Hinduism entirely, however, and the two religions remained in uneasy equilibrium in South Asia. Until the seventh century, the invaders of India had been absorbed into Indian civilization and converted to Hinduism or Buddhism. Islamic missionaries to India represented a challenge to traditional Indian society and religion. Islam stressed monotheistic exclusivity and social equality before Allah ideas that were totally foreign to Indian concepts of caste and tolerance. In the first stages of Muslim entry into India, conflict between religious beliefs was most common, but over time peaceful interaction between Hindus and Muslims became more normal. Muslims continued to make use of the Hindu administrative elite and were unable to eliminate Hindu places of worship."

See? Much more balanced view from real scholars than a bogus bigot site.

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