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Wednesday, December 14, 2005

Grauniad writer can't read

Charles calls it. Anti-semitism, as a belief in the Jews' cosmic and inherent evil, is NOT the invention of the West.

Admittedly it's not the invention of the Qur'an, the Prophet, or the earliest Muslims either. The Qur'an is full of anti-Jewish statements, but it's not anti-Semitic. It can't be, given its reverence for Ishmael; but more importantly it respects Israel equally to Ishmael. The Qur'an's quarrel with Judaism is with those Jews who followed a practice of Israel as a commandment of God; the Jews could correct that much if they wished to. At that point the Jews would be on the level of the sons of Keturah, another set of non-Ishmaelite Arabs who are nonetheless sons of Abraham, and who count numerous influential groups among their numbers including Judhâm (who claim to be Midianites). The Qur'an, therefore, takes the same stance as that of the New Testament, and likely reflects a similar (ancient) split in a Jewish-leaning community.

However Sayf bin 'Umar the historian, or perhaps "historian", was writing anti-Semitic books as early as the 'Abbâsid period (late 8th century AD), and likely from sources dating to the Marwânids. So anti-Semitism did exist in Islam, at least in early 'Abbâsid Basra.

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