Dr. Andrew G. Bostom, the author of the highly acclaimed The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, demonstrates that Antisemitism in the Muslim world—from the 7th century advent of Islam, through the contemporary era—is rooted in the foundational texts of Islam itself.
Lawrence Wright, in his Pulitzer Prize winning book The Looming Tower, claimed that “Until the end of World War II…Jews lived safely -although submissively-under Muslim rule for 1,200 years, enjoying full religious freedom; but in the 1930s, Nazi propaganda on Arabic-language short-wave radio, coupled with slanders by Christian missionaries in the region, infected the area with this ancient Western prejudice (antisemitism).” Matthias Kuntzel has stated that it was “(d)uring the Thirties and Forties (that) Islamist anti-modernism was poisoned by the Nazi antisemitic mind-set.”
These erroneous if widely prevalent conceptions of Islam’s doctrinal and historical treatment of Jews rest on two false pillars popularized by the poorly researched, if emphatically asserted claims of a major scholar of Islam … (I) “In Islamic society hostility to the Jew is non-theological. It is not related to any specific Islamic doctrine, nor to any specific circumstance in Islamic history. For Muslims it is not part of the birth-pangs of their religion, as it is for Christians.” (II) “…‘dhimmi’-tude subservience and persecution and ill treatment of Jews… is a myth.”) (…) This sham castle of glib affirmations must be swept away if the enduring phenomenon of Islamic Antisemitism is to be properly understood.
Those false conceptions are the heart of the problem. They are usually affirmed without substantive proofs being given. The actual data, provides a negative proof. It reminds me of a scene in Woody Allen’s film Sleeper. Allen portrays Miles Monroe, the owner of a health food store in Greenwich Village who is cryogenically frozen and he wakes up 20 years in the future. In one scene he is confronted by two doctors, one of whom is very authoritative and claims to be possessed “of what we know to be true.” He offers Miles a cigarette saying “Here, smoke this, and be sure you get the smoke deep down into your lungs. Its tobacco, one of the healthiest things for your body.”
There are incontrovertible and overwhelming hard data – pathological and epidemiological – which demonstrate a major causative role for smoking in both the predominant form of lung cancer (i.e., adenocarcinoma), and premature coronary heart disease. Dr. Bostom believes smoking is to these diseases as the Islam in Islamic Antisemitism is to this scourge of Jew-hatred, past and present. It is as destructive to our social and moral health to deny this reality, as it is to human public health disease prevention efforts to deny the causative link between cigarette smoking and adenocarcinoma of the lung, or premature coronary heart disease. That is what Dr. Bostom came to conclude from doing his own research for The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism.
Andrew G. Bostom, M.D., M.S. (Providence, RI), is the author of the highly acclaimed books The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, and The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History.
He is an Associate Professor of Medicine at Rhode Island Hospital, the major teaching affiliate of Brown University Medical School.
Dr. Bostom has published numerous articles and commentaries on Islam in the The New York Post, The Daily News, Washington Times, National Review Online, Pajamas Media, American Thinker, FrontPage Magazine.com, Big Peace, and other print and online publications.
More on Andrew Bostom's work can be found at andrewbostom.org/blog including a preview of his recent book, The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History. His latest book, Sharia Versus Freedom—The Legacy of Islamic Totalitarianism, with a Foreword by Andrew C. McCarthy, will be published by next September (2012).
"I read a withering critique of Dr. El Fadl's arguments by the indomitable Andrew Bostom, a true scholar and walking encyclopedia on Sharia Islam."- George Aaron, American Thinker, Jan 7, 2012.
Dr. Bostom speaks on topics related to jihadism, Islam's treatment of non-Muslim minorities in general, and Islamic Jew-hatred in particular, and the threat Sharia Law encroachment poses to Western societies.
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