When and Why the West Began to ‘Demonize’ Muhammad – Raymond Ibrahim

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Source: When and Why the West Began to ‘Demonize’ Muhammad – Raymond Ibrahim

My two favorite comments on this (quite good) essay: When? “Right around the time Islam took out [Christian] North Africa and Spain in a bloody campaign, I’m guessing.” And, “Yeah, being on the receiving end of a jihad can sour one’s attitude.” Ya think…? Here are a few excerpts; please read the essay for more:

“To understand any phenomenon, its roots must first be understood. Unfortunately, not only do all discussions on the conflict between Islam and the West tend to be limited to the modern era, but when the past, the origins, are alluded to, the antithesis of reality is proffered: we hear that the West—itself an anachronism for Europe, or better yet, Christendom—began the conflict by intentionally demonizing otherwise peaceful and tolerant Muslims and their prophet in order to justify their “colonial” aspirations in the East, which supposedly began with the Crusades…

“That nothing could be further from the truth is an understatement.  From the very first Christian references to Muslims in the seventh century, to Pope Urban’s call to the First Crusade more than four centuries later, the ‘Saracens’ and their prophet were consistently abhorred.”

“In short, the widespread narrative that European views of Muhammad as a ‘sinister figure,’ a ‘cruel warlord,’ and a ‘lecher and sexual pervert’ began as a pretext to justify the late eleventh century Crusade—which itself is the source of all woes between Islam and the West—is an unmitigated lie. The sooner more people in the West understand this—understand the roots of the animosity—the sooner the true nature of the current (or rather ongoing) conflict will become clear.”

 

Author: The Anglophilic Anglican

I am an ordained Anglican clergyman, published writer, former op-ed columnist, and experienced outdoor and informal educator. I am also a traditionalist: religiously, philosophically, politically, and socially. I seek to do my bit to promote and restore the Good, the True, and the Beautiful, in a world which has too-often lost touch with all three, and to help re-weave the connections between God, Nature, and humankind which our techno-industrial civilization has strained and broken.

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