UNDERSTANDING ISLAM VIII
At the beginning of the fifth century, two hundred years before Muhammad appeared, there were seven-hundred Catholic bishops in North Africa. Two-hundred of them attended the Council of Carthage in 535 AD. By the middle of900 AD there were forty left. By 1050 AD, there were only five left. In 1076 AD there were two.
ISLAM AND THE WEST
The first five hundred years
By Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD
Professor John Esposito, Founding Director of the Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal Centre for Muslim-Christian Understanding at Georgetown University, USA, would have it that ‘five centuries of peaceful co-existence’ between Muslims and Christians were brought to an end by ‘political events and an imperialpapal power play,’ that was to lead to a ‘centuries-long series of so-called holy-wars that pitted Christendom against Islam, and left an enduring legacy of misunderstanding and mistrust. Continue reading “Understanding Islam VIII: Islam and the West”