by Bill Warner (May 2008)
The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism: From Sacred Texts to Solemn History
By Andrew G. Bostom
Prometheus Books, 768 pp.
The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism is a reference book that is divided into eight sections with two grand divisions—sacred texts (doctrine) and history (the result of the doctrine).
Dr. Bostom does not use his own essays to persuade the reader. He lets Mohammed and Islam tell the story by using the actual source documents. In the first half of the book, we see how the Koran, the Sira (the life of Mohammed) and the Hadith (the Traditions of Mohammed) lay out a complete doctrine of Jew hatred.
Mohammed originally used the Jews as a proof of his prophet-hood. At first, Mohammed is portrayed as the last in the line of Jewish prophets. Noah, Abraham, Moses, and even Jesus are figures used to establish that all of their work pointed to the arrival of the true prophet, Mohammed.
Mohammed is portrayed in Islamic scripture as the “real” Jew and the Koran is the real Torah. Of course, Allah is portrayed as the real Yahweh.
It may be said that, while in
Then when Mohammed moved to
In about a year’s time, as the Jews refused to help each other, Mohammed kidnapped, raped, enslaved, tortured, assassinated, robbed and mass murdered the Jews who denied him. His dying words were to get the Jews and Christians out of
Hitler was a student of Jew hatred, but Mohammed was the master. Jews are still found in
All of this accounting is taken from Islam’s sacred texts; the actual source material doctrine of Islam found in the Koran, Sira and Hadith.
THE HISTORY OF JEW HATRED
Well, that was then and this is now, right? Nobody really believes sacred texts, do they? Well, as the last half of The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism shows, Muslims believe every single syllable of the sacred texts and follow the example of the perfect pattern of Islam, Mohammed to the letter.
The historical documents show that the pattern of Islamic Jew hatred is seamless from Mohammed to the present.
Bostom provides massive documentation of 1400 years of Jewish suffering as dhimmis under Islam. In the process he annihilates a favorite Jewish myth of how great Jews had it during the so-called Islamic “Golden Age.” Islam’s grand culture was built on the slavery and dhimmitude of non-Muslims. Why was that so golden for Jews and Christians?
Again The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism does not argue about the Golden Age, but lets its victims speak the truth buried under the historic fantasy of Islam’s glory. The truth is that of grinding humiliation for the Jews, who have been so spiritually crushed that they are now one of the biggest defenders of their oppressors.
Another Jewish myth is that modern Islamic Jew hatred was derived from the Nazis and those terrible European Christians. Part of this myth is how well Islam treated the Jews before modern times. Even Bernard Lewis, the patriarch of the dhimmi-scholars, actively promotes this historical lie today. Dr. Bostom lets the source documents show that Islam has been violently involved with Jew hatred since 613 A.D. and that Muslims can give lessons on antisemitism and do not need any help from latecomers.
The Legacy of Islamic Antisemitism is overpowering in its detail. The history lessons start right after Mohammed’s death and go forward in time until today. Dr. Bostom lets Islam speak for itself and it is a very ugly story.
The tragedy of this book, is that it is such powerful medicine that the patient is unlikely to swallow. Its message is the only key to saving
The only way to win a war is to know the enemy and by the evidence,
Bill Warner is spokesman for Political Islam.com.
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