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July 20, 2008



I tried to post this before but I don't know if it went through, so I will try again.

Dear Dr Lancaster - I do not know whether you have yet read Dr Andrew Bostom's encyclopaedic historic anthology, "The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism - From Sacred Texts to Solemn History". But if you have not, you should. Have you not read Bat Yeor's 'The Dhimmi: Jews and Christians Under Islam'? I found the historical testimonies contained in it, concerning Muslim oppression of Jews, in all periods, almost as agonising to read, as accounts of the Shoah or of earlier pogroms within the West.

And surely you know of the letter that Maimonides/ Moses ben Maimon wrote to the Jews of Yemen, ca. 1200, when they were being persecuted particularly cruelly, and threatened with forced conversion, by the Muslims there? He says in that letter - writing generally about the world of Islam, and the conduct of Arab/ised Muslims toward the Jews, 'this people, the Arabs, ...have persecuted us severely, and passed baneful and discriminatory legislation against us', and he adds "NEVER did a nation molest, degrade, debase and hate us as much as they"..and again, "we do not escape this continued maltreatment which well nigh crushes us. No matter how we suffer and elect to remain at peace with them, they stir up strife and sedition". Maimonides spoke extremely harshly about Jesus, but took an even dimmer view of Mohammed, whom he called 'ha-Meshugga', 'the Madman'.

You should also know that Dr Bostom only began to focus in on Muslim sources relating to Jews, in detail, after he stumbled across *this* arresting sentence in the writings of an important Indian Sufi Muslim 'saint' and jurist, Shaykh Ahmad Sirhindi (d. 1624) - "Whenever a Jew is killed, it is for the benefit of Islam".

Bostom found that the murderous contempt expressed by Sirhindi was not exceptional, but utterly typical, even normal, across the entire Islamosphere in time and space; and that it is hardwired into the major Islamic texts and their standard interpretations.

Christians have begun to realize that, in relation to their own texts and history, that antisemitism and replacement theology do NOT necessarily follow from the texts, and must be repented and renounced; as James Parkes and Jacques Ellul showed, it is possible to be a convinced Christian and not to evince a scintilla of antisemitism.

Quranic, traditional Islam is much less amenable to correction, for its foundational texts - Sira, Hadith, Qur'an - and the theology and jurisprudence derived from them, explicitly and repeatedly inculcate a global and implacable contempt and hostility toward all non-Muslims, but especially toward Jews.

This is not pleasant. But it is documented, verifiable fact.

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