An interesting article by the ultra-prolific Niall Ferguson obliquely raises the question: wouldn't Europe (and the world) be happier if Islam still had a hold on the West? Al-Qaeda's longings for Andalusia and the Algarve apart, the truth is that Southern Spain (until 1498) and Portugal (until 1297) were very happy under Muslim rule. Isn't it sad that the three great monotheistic religions, plus the great atheist belief, can't live together anymore? [ NYT registration required. Via Arts and Letters Daily.
Dear Muslims: Please Respect Women So That We Can Respect You
Islam is a noble religion but it does have a massive problem with women. Who, at the last count, actually represent over 50% of human beings. Yes, they are that -perhaps even more than men; but, at least, just as much.
Psyche and rev up your agenda with a great(and unusually short!)article by great historian David Landes and another not-less-worthy member of the Landes tribe.
P.S. It's good to be back. Thank you warmly!
For All Those of Us Asking Why
A Muslim activist presents "My explanation to the 'Attack' on the US from the Islamic perspective."
Note the inverted commas around "Attack" and proceed to his contention that "It is not who did it! It is why it was done that really matters."
Then take an industrial dose of anti-emetics and explore the "Jihad" section - including interviews with Osama Bin Laden under the "Heroes of Islam" menu - of the whole "IamMuslim.net" site.
This is what we're all up against. Well, almost all of us, anyway.