Briefing: Sharia “Thirst,” Christian Persecution, and Islamic Antisemitism (Video)


Andrew Bostom, CSP Briefing, 10/24/19

“Sharia is a way of life that suits our culture. Egyptian customs and traditions go in line with Sharia. The Egyptian society does not accept Western liberalism”…“People are thirsty for Sharia.”

Vox populi expressions of Egyptians a from December, 2012 representing the 74% who want “strict application” b of the Sharia c, Islamic law      

a Heba Afify. Egypt Independent December 2, 2012  https://bit.ly/2ZPc6Ql

b Pew Research Center. The World’s Muslims: Religion, Politics and Society. April 30, 2013 https://pewrsr.ch/33nxoGS

c Andrew Bostom. Sharia Versus Freedom, 2012. https://amzn.to/2MbI32e

Striking Concordance Between Christian Persecution, Extreme Antisemitism, and Desire For Strict Application of the Sharia

Open Doors Christian Persecution IndexADL Global Antisemitism Survey;

Pew Sharia Data (GlobalIran only)

Link to full briefing slide set.

Introductory remarks: Relevance of the 9/11 jihad carnage to my study of Islam

The 9/11 attacks were the triggering event which inspired my 18-years of study of Islam with a focus on Islam’s doctrine regarding, and resultant Muslim behavior toward, non-Muslims. A friend of mine, like me also born and raised in Queens, New York City, was a fireman and a physical therapist, and we were classmates at the physical therapy program at SUNY-Downstate during 1979-1980. I got his firsthand account of the destroyed World Trade Center charnel house.

Equally important motivation for my study of Islam was Muhammad al-Gameia.

For a millennium, Al Azhar University has represented the apogee of Islamic religious education, which evolved into the de facto Vatican of Sunni Islam. Egyptian Sheikh Muhammad Al-Gameia, the Al-Azhar University representative in the U.S., and Imam of the Islamic Cultural Center and Mosque of New York City, at the time of the 9/11 attacks, provided a very concrete and disturbing example of the authoritative Al-Azhar Islamic mindset exported to America. Within three days of the 9/11 jihad carnage al-Gameia, “known for his moderate views,” sermonized in English calling for peace, healing, and love among people of all religions.”  The good Sheikh struck an entirely different chord when he was interviewed for an Al-Azhar University website, on October 4, 2001. Sheikh Gameia returned to Egypt after September 11, 2001 alleging, without any substantiation, that he was being “harassed.” Gameia’s Al-Azhar interview was rife with virulent calumnies against Americans, and threats to the U.S., along with conspiratorial Islamic antisemitism, which riveted upon his invocation of the central Koranic motifs of Jew-hatred, melded to lunatic allegations against Jews. He intoned, for example: “As President Bush said, this is a crusade against Islam and against Muslims…For this reason, I advise every Arab and every Muslim leader not to offer any aid whatsoever to the oppressing superpower [to help it] attack Muslims, because this is a betrayal of Allah and his Prophet… An American attack on Afghanistan will constitute terrorism, as the U.S. did in Iraq and in Palestine… I think that this war will be the end of America the oppressor.”… “[I]t was said that 4000 Jews did not come to work at the World Trade Center on the day of the incident.”… Muslims do not feel safe even going to the hospitals, because some Jewish doctors in one of the hospitals poisoned sick Muslim children, who then died…The Jewish element is as Allah described it when he said: “They disseminate corruption in the land.” [Koran 5:32–335:64] We know that they have always broken agreements [4:155; 5:13], unjustly murdered the prophets [Koran  2:61; 2:87; 2:91; 3:112; 4:155] and betrayed the faith [2:42; 2:75; 2:89].”

Framing the presentation—Islam’s totalitarianism, & hatred of Christians & Jews

Abolitionist James Freeman Clarke, the first, and still arguably most outstanding American scholar of Comparative Religion, wrote in his seminal 1871, Ten Great Religions:

“Islam saw the claims of Deity [Allah], but not the rights of humanity; Saw authority, failed to see freedom; Therefore hardened into despotism.”

G.H. Bousquet, renowned 20th century French scholar of Islamic Law, referred to Islam in a 1950 essay, as a “doubly totalitarian system, “because its institution of jihad war sought “to impose itself on the whole world”—the 1st totalitarian aspect—and bring society under “Muhammadan Law”, Sharia—the 2nd totalitarian aspect.

Sharia-inspired hatred of non-Muslims, has been espoused continuously for over a millennium by Islam’s most important religious teaching institutions, and clerical authorities. This “sacralized” hatred underpins the inter-related contemporary phenomena of Christian persecution, and Muslim Antisemitism. There was a decided emphasis on the latter because it remains so thoroughly misconstrued.



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