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  • Zack shared from How to Read the Bible: A Guide to Scripture, Then and Now by James L. Kugel
    The story itself is quite disturbing to modern readers—as it was to ancient readers. How could God, even as a test, order someone to kill his own son? And why would God ever need to test Abraham in this way?
    Note: Interestingly, his 1st example is one of my pet peeves: The story of Abraham's sacrifice of Isaac.
  • Zack shared from Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Enquiry by Bernard Lewis
    An obvious question, since so many blacks entered the central lands over so long a period, is why they have left so little trace.14
    Note: Genetics shows that they did leave a trace.
  • Zack shared from Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Enquiry by Bernard Lewis
    By a custom established in the late Middle Ages which continued into the twentieth century. the custodians of the tomb of the Prophet in Medina were eunuchs, mostly black, recruited by purchase at an early age and groomed for their sacred duties, which gave them an almost priestly status."
    Note: I have no words.
  • Zack shared from Race and Slavery in the Middle East: An Historical Enquiry by Bernard Lewis
    This attitude is exemplified in the story of a pagan black king who is tricked and kidnapped by Muslim guests whom he has befriended and sold into slavery in Arabia. Meeting them again years later, he shows contempt but no resentment, since they had been the means of bringing him to Islam.'`" The notion that slavery is a divine boon to mankind, by means of which pagan and barbarous peoples are brought to Islam and civilization, occurs very frequently in later writers.
    Note: Arrrgh!
  • Zack shared from Empires of the Word: A Language History of the World by Nicholas Ostler
    And indeed Spaniards went on calling the spiritual centres of the Americans ‘mosques’: for example, in a letter to his king in 1520, Cortés wrote, of a city in Mexico that had never seen a Muslim: ‘And I assure your Majesty that I counted from a mosque some 430 towers in the said city, all of them belonging to mosques.’2
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Zack Ajmal