Sunday, November 13, 2011

Islamic Terrorism? - By British Jewish Historian Bernard Lewis

In a discussion entitled ''Islamic Terrorism?,'' the scholar Bernard Lewis emphasizes that there is nothing in Islam as a religion that is especially conducive to terrorism. Like the other great religions, it condemns the maltreatment of the innocent; from early on it laid down rules for the humane treatment of noncombatants during a war. And though it has always had a more explicitly political character than other religions, Islamic terrorism as practiced today is essentially an importation from the West.

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