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An Interview with Professor Richard L. Rubenstein in The World & I, 1991
The following interview appeared in The World & I in February 1991, twenty four years ago.
W&I: Could you speak on the Jewish Islamic issue from the point of view of a Jewish scholar?
RUBENSTEIN: I don't think there is a pecific Jewish-Islamic issue. First, I believe that Islam regards itself as the original true religion, whose fundamental meaning was revealed by the Prophet Mohammad, and that Islam regards both Judaism and Christianity as distorted views of the original true religion, so that inevitably Islam has an interpretation of both Judaism and Christianity that neither can accept. Second, I believe that in the history of Christendom there have been three possible and two actual challenges to Christendom. One was Judaism. The second was Islam, and the third was atheistic communism. Judaism was not a real challenge to Christendom for the simple reason that the Jews simply were not that culturally influential or numerous for Judaism to be a challenge after Christianity became the religion of the Roman world. more>>>