Saturday, January 19, 2008
Muslims and Jews
In preparing for the next Asian Cultures class, I took some time to troll the Islamic religious web--not the radicals, but those who seek to educate about mainstream Islam. Almost all include a list of the prophets, up to "the seal of the Prophets," Muhammad (PBUH). It seems that one conclusion is inescapable from the theological standpoint: Muslims need Jews. The Qur'an says so. The radical Islamists must eventually realize this because, ultimately, to seek to destroy the Jews--even the "Zionist entity"--means to seek to cut off some critical parts of heritage, historical memory, and theological foundation.