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The Cultural Roots of American Islamicism Paperback – September 28, 2006
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The fact that Muslims are characterizing what Marr reports as "mis-images" and "conflicted view[s]" of Islam must mean that Marr's work is more accurate than not.
If one wishes to understand Islam historically -- especially in relation to the United States -- then one need look only to John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and John Quincy Adams. The first Mr. Adams and Mr. Jefferson discovered from a Muslim ambassador himself that the reason for the Barbary wars against the new Republic was -- before we had done anything at all, and centuries before George W. Bush was born -- their "divine" mandate to war against unbelievers:
"'It was written in their Koran, that all nations which had not acknowledged the Prophet were sinners, whom it was the right and duty of the faithful to plunder and enslave; and that every mussulman who was slain in this warfare was sure to go to paradise. He said, also, that the man who was the first to board a vessel had one slave over and above his share, and that when they sprang to the deck of an enemy's ship, every sailor held a dagger in each hand and a third in his mouth; which usually struck such terror into the foe that they cried out for quarter at once.'"
John Quincy understood Islam well, describing it as a hellish and existential threat:
"In the seventh century of the Christian era, a wandering Arab of the lineage of Hagar [i.e.Read more ›