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Theory and practice of jihad, from Mohammed until today

Masked Islamic Jihad militantsDo you know what happened in Rome, at St. Peter’s Basilica, the night of Christmas Day of the year 800? Yes, of course:
Pope Leo III crowned Charlemagne Holy Roman Emperor. Yet, you likely have never heard that
[t]hat night, the basilica of St. Peter gleamed with breathtaking brilliance. A few years earlier, Leo III’s predecessor, pope Hadrian I, had covered the entire floor of the sanctuary with plates of silver; he had covered the walls with gold plates and enclosed it all with a balustrade of gold weighing 1,328 pounds. He had remade the sanctuary gates with silver, and had placed on the iconostasis six images also made of silver, representing Christ, Mary, the archangels Gabriel and Michael, and saints Andrew and John. Finally, in order to make this splendor visible to all, he had ordered the assembly of a candelabrum in the form of a huge cross, on which 1,365 candles burned.

But less than half a century later, none of this remained. And what happened remains generally unknown among Christians today.

What happened is that in 846 some Muslim Arabs arrived in a fleet at the mouth of the Tiber, made their way to Rome, sacked the city, and carried away from the basilica of St. Peter all of the gold and silver it contained.

If you want to learn more about such matters consider reading a book, edited by Andrew G. Bostom, that lifts the veil on the Islamic holy war. The book—writes Italian Vaticanist Sandro Magister in his review of The Legacy of Jihad—is essentially
made up of documents, many of which have been translated for the first time from Arabic or Farsi, or have been reproduced from books of oriental studies that would be difficult for the general public to find.
One fact emerges clearly from the documentation compiled by Bostom: jihad is not just one of the forms by which the expansion of Islam took place in particular places and times, but it is an institution inherent to the Islamic system itself; it is a permanent religious obligation.

What is surprising about the book is that

it was not a specialist who published this documentation in the West. Bostom is an epidemiologist living in Providence, Rhode Island. But perhaps this very distance from the academic world of the oriental and Islamic studies scholars leaves him more free from the taboos that gag many of these.


The Legacy of Jihad: Islamic Holy War and the Fate of Non-Muslims, by Andrew Bostom (Editor); Foreword by Ibn Warraq. 2005. New York: Prometheus Books. Price $28 (HB).

Further information on the book (table of contents, Foreword by Ibn Warraq, published articles, reviews, excerpts, etc.) may be found here.

  1. 15 febbraio, 2013 alle 4:38

    Many thanks for spending free time in order
    to write “Theory and practice of jihad, from Mohammed until
    today robweblog”. Thanks a ton once more -Robert

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