Monday, December 09, 2013
In a recent notice on Jihad Watch, Spencer alerts the reader to the normative extremism of Ibn-Khaldun, the great 14th century Muslim version of a Thomas Aquinas whose name is titular for the sumptuously accredited university "Chair" (at American University in Washington, D.C.) on which Prof. Akbar Ahmed seats his prodigously moderate behind and from which he propagandizes ex cathedra about how Islam is peachy keen and critics of Islam are "Islamophobic".
Spencer quotes from Ibn-Khaldun's great work the Muqaddimah --
“in the Muslim community, the holy war is a religious duty, because of the universalism of the Muslim mission and (the obligation to) convert everybody to Islam either by persuasion or by force.”
Another telling quote from the Muqaddimah:
“The other [i.e., non-Muslim] religious groups did not have a universal mission, and the holy war was not a religious duty to them, save only for purposes of defense."
This -- in conjunction with the quote Spencer provided -- is as direct an avowal of the fundamentally offensive nature of Islamic war as any.
For more on Muslims like Akbar Ahmed and the gullible Christians who fawn all over them, see my essay Liberal Christians and Islam.