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Criticism of Islam has existed since Islam’s formative stages.  Early criticism came from Christian authors, many of whom viewed Islam as a Christian heresy or a form of idolatry and often explained it in apocalyptic terms.  Later there appeared criticism from the Muslim world itself, and also from Jewish writers and from ecclesiastical Christians.  Issues relating to the authenticity and morality of the Qur’an, the Islamic holy book, are also discussed by critics.  

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The important thing about a religion, said C.S. Lewis, is not whether it makes one feel good, but whether it is true.

 The important thing about a religion, said C.S. Lewis, is not whether it makes one feel good, but whether it is true.  This observation came to mind while reading a recent piece by Jesuit Father James Schall, titled “Speaking Honestly About Islam.”

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The traditional view of Islam has also been criticized for the lack of supporting evidence consistent with that view, such as the lack of archaeological evidence, and discrepancies with non-Muslim literary sources.  In the 1970s, what has been described as a “wave of skeptical scholars” challenged a great deal of the received wisdom in Islamic studies.  They argued that the Islamic historical tradition had been greatly corrupted in transmission.  They tried to correct or reconstruct the early history of Islam from other, presumably more reliable, sources such as coins, inscriptions, and non-Islamic sources. 

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Jane Gerber claims that the Qur’an ascribes negative traits to Jews, such as cowardice, greed, and chicanery.  She also alleges that the Qur’an associates Jews with inter-confessional strife and rivalry (Qur’an 2:113), the Jewish belief that they alone are beloved of Allah (Qur’an 5:18), and that only they will achieve salvation (Qur’an 2:111). According to the Encyclopedia Judaica, the Qur’an contains many attacks on Jews and Christians for their refusal to recognize Muhammad as a prophet.  In the Muslim view, the crucifixion of Jesus was an illusion, and thus the Jewish plots against him ended in failure. In numerous verses the Qur’an accuses Jews of altering the Scripture. 

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In the early 20th century, the prevailing view among Europeans was that Islam was the root cause of Arab and Berber “backwardness.”  They saw Islam as an obstacle to assimilation, a view that was expressed by a writer in colonial French Algeria named André Servier.  In his book, titled
Islam and the Psychology of the Musulman, Servier wrote that “The only thing Arabs ever invented was their religion.  And this religion is, precisely, the main obstacle between them and us.”  Servier describes Islam as a “religious nationalism in which every Muslim brain is
steeped.”
 According to Servier, the only reason this nationalism has not “been able to pose a threat to humanity” was that the “rigid dogma” of Islam had rendered the Arabs “incapable of fighting against the material forces placed at the
disposal of Western civilization by science and progress.

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Bernard Lewis writes: “In one of the sad paradoxes of human history, it was the humanitarian reforms brought by Islam that resulted in a vast development of the slave trade inside, and still more outside, the Islamic empire.”  He notes that the Islamic injunctions against the enslavement of Muslims led to massive importation of slaves from the outside.  According to Patrick Manning, Islam by recognizing and codifying the slavery seems to have done more to protect and expand slavery than the reverse.

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