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Islamic Holy War

The reality is though that Holy War really is an aspect of Islam. Mohammed and his early successors were no strangers to the battlefield and the history of the Ummah is peppered with wars of conquest, of defence and of expansion from the very beginning. Violence in the name of Allah has been just as much ‘a thing’ over the centuries as has violence in the name of Jesus. Like other religions, Islam and Christianity are both perfect vehicles for creating conflict and bloodshed but they are also both capable of spreading peace. The purpose of this post is to try to understand how the Islamic doctrine of Holy War, of Islamic Jihad came to be.
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Civilisation: Why Jerusalem?

The call to crusade was the first step in bringing about the apocalypse Continue reading

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Civilisation: Introducing the Crusades

The Crusades were disastrous for European and Byzantine society. The only demographic to be strengthened by the Crusades was the Muslim Ummah. Continue reading

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A video from youtube: ‘Muslims aren’t dangerous’

Watch this video. It’s less than 5 minutes long. It’s so well put. Muslims aren’t dangerous…

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Albucasis (936 – 1013)

Albucasis never left Al Andalus but his work spread far and wide. This humble Spanish Muslim eventually earned the title ‘Father of Modern Medicine’, not only throughout the Ummah but across Christendom too. Continue reading

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Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Hasan Khazini (900 – 971)

Abu Jafar Muhammad ibn Hasan Khazini (900–971) was a Persian. One of many great thinkers from the Muslim Golden Age, he studied astronomy and mathematics. His work refined human understanding of number theory, the way that numbers and equations interact. He created a clarity around both topics that built upon and rivalled the work of ancient scholars such as Euclid, Aristarchus and Ptolemy. Continue reading

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Bayt al-Hikma: ‘The House of Wisdom’, Baghdad (810)

This marvellous institution of learning was founded under the Abbasid dynastic caliphate in the Islamic Golden Age. For four hundred and fifty years it thrived, playing host to Jewish and Christian scholars as well as Muslims Continue reading

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Jābir ibn Hayyān (721 – 815)

Apparently Geber even wrote instruction manuals on how to create living creatures. I can’t imagine that would have gone down well in any caliphate, Ummayad or otherwise. Geber was into experimentation which does beg a few questions relating to his assertion about life-giving. I can’t help but wonder how he went about such experiments and whether or not their results might be reproducible. Continue reading

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Civilisation 68: Al-Andalus (Muslim Spain) founded (711)

In 711, Christian Spain became Islamic Al-Andaluse, the home of Christian, Jewish and Muslim philosophers, educators and scientists for almost 800 years. Continue reading

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Civilisation 66: Sunni and Shia

There is tension between Sunni and Shia and it can become extreme but most Muslims prefer not to worry too much about their differences, focussing instead upon their shared similarities. Continue reading

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