New Book: Muhammad and the Birth of Islamic Supremacism: The War With The Jews 622-628 A.D.
Here’s a summary review taken from the conclusion, “A Personal Note: What I Have Learned From Writing This Book”:
September 11, 2001.
This date is etched in my memory. Beyond the fact that homicidal Muslims premeditatedly murdered 3,395 human beings in New York City, the Pentagon, and a field in Pennsylvania, I wanted to know what motivated them to commit such horrible deeds. Snuffing that many lives in one fell swoop presupposes powerful ideas to justify it. What were those ideas? Since all the 19 suicide bombers were Muslim, I began to study Islam searching for answers to the following questions: what ideas instilled a sense of righteousness in the perpetrators of these attacks of terror? Where and when did these ideas originate? Who originated them and why?
To answer these questions, I read over 100 books on Islam (including 14 biographies of Muhammad, the Qur’an, numerous hadith (the sayings and actions of Muhammad), and thousands of articles from print and online sources). Perusal of these primary and secondary sources answered some of the questions I had about the belief system that motivated the 9-11 attackers. They also led me to focus on Muhammad’s relationship with the Jews of the Hejaz region [in northwestern Arabia]. Why focus on Muhammad and the Jews? Because Muhammad, as commanded by Allah’s revelations, used terror as one Muslim tactic to achieve his military goal of destroying the Jewish threat to the spread of Islam for Allah. In s span of five years (624-628 A.D.) Muhammad’s jihadists militarily defeated three Jewish clans in Medina as well as other clans in Khaybar, Fadak, Wadi al-Qura,and Taima in the Hejaz.
In 610 A.D., Muhammad began hearing Allah’s revelations in Mecca, a crossroads trading center in the southern region of Hejaz. Because of friction between Muhammad and the pagan rulers in Mecca, he eventually moved his small band of followers to Medina in 622 [the Hijra] to establish a Muslim base for spreading the faith. Medina was also the home of pagan Arab tribes, and an assortment of Jewish tribes, three of which wielded much power: the Banu Qaynuqa, the Banu Nadir, and the Banu Qurayza. Focused research on Muhammad’s struggle with the Jews helped me understand the religious underpinnings that allow today’s Muslims to not only justify murder as a military tactic to end individual lives, but also to justify using murder as a tactic to terrorize the living.
This historical monograph supports such an interpretation. The 9-11 attackers strongly believed they were acting in the service of Allah and Muhammad. The way Muhammad handled the “Jewish problem” in Medina fourteen centuries ago provides motivation for those who struggle to make Islam supreme in the world today. To state it succinctly: Allah and his law (Qur’an) and Muhammad as the messenger of Allah’s law are the sources of that belief system.
As a non-Muslim, I do not believe the message of Islam. But my religious belief neither changes the Muslim-perceived history of Islam nor Muhammad’s role in carrying out the commands of Allah. Those who disagree with my interpretation of Muhammad’s fiery confrontation with the Jews need to direct their arguments to modern day Islamic jihadists who fervently believe they are following the dictates of Allah and the footsteps of Muhammad.
In this historical monograph I provide evidence from a wide variety of Muslim and non-Muslim sources that Muhammad did the following:
* threatened to “bring slaughter” to the Quraysh before he left Mecca;
* led raids on Quraysh caravans to weaken their economy and provoke a war;
* caused the battle of Badr by attempting to attack an extremely rich Meccan caravan returning from Syria;
* directed assassinations against poets and other political opponents;
* condoned the murder of two Mecca prisoners of war after the battle of Badr;
* attacked, defeated and exiled two large Jewish tribes from “his town” Medina;
* attacked, defeated and beheaded the Jewish Qurayza men and enslaved their women and children in Medina;
* attacked and defeated the Jews of Khaybar and began the institution of dhimmitude among the Khaybar survivors;
* defeated the Jews of Fadak, Wadi al-Qura, and Taima to end Jewish influence in the Hejaz;
* allowed his jihadists to take booty and slaves from the defeated enemies, among them women they could use as sex objects;
* took one-fifth of the seized war booty (including women) for himself to distribute as directed by Allah.
My interpretation has been well thought-out, and I offer no apology to people who may be offended by the serious thoughts of another human being. Having said that, I am well aware that my interpretation may ruffle a few feathers. Nonetheless, the challenge for the offended is to prove—using facts, reason, and logic— that the Qur’an, hadith, and sira do not teach that Allah and Muhammad started a supremacist political religion using terror, violence,and intimidation as tactics.
David Hayden,Muhammad and the Birth of Islamic Supremacism: The War With the Jews 622-628 A.D.
From The Author
For 10 years I have been reading, researching, thinking, and writing about Islam. The culmination of all this work is a book entitled Muhammad and the Birth of Islamic Supremacism: The War With the Jews 622-628 A.D. As the title suggests, the book is an in-depth study of Muhammad’s contentious battles with the Jews of Medina and the entire Hejaz region of Arabia. Muhammad’s war with the Jews lays bare the seeds of Islamic supremacism; thus, an understanding of this story will enable the reader to become aware of Allah’s revelations and Muhammad as the messenger of those revelations as the primary sources of violent jihad throughout Islamic history. I have used copious quotes from the Qur’an, hadith (Bukhari, Muslim, and Dawud), the Sira (Ishaq, Sa’d, Waqidi, etc.), various tafsir (commentaries on the Qur’an), Muslim and non-Muslim historians and commentators to support the interpretation explained in the book.
Robert Spencer and Bruce Thornton have both written positive reviews for the back cover of the book. Check out their comments and other information on the link below.
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