Understanding Islam V – The Apostasy Wars

Understanding Islam V

Bloodbaths over ‘a camel’s hobble’
Paul Stenhouse
This is the fifth in a series of seven articles

THE ‘APOSTASY wars,’ or the ‘Ridda Wars’ were to occupy the greater part of the two years’ Caliphate of Abu Bakr. Almost all of the Arabian tribes that originally accepted Islam, apart from the Quraish in Mecca and the Thaqif in Ta’if, had used Muhammad’s death as an excuse to refuse to pay tribute [sadaqah] and the wealth tax [zakat], and were declared to be ‘apostate’ [murtadd]. The penalty for apostasy was death. They had looked on Muhammad more as a political figure – the prince of Medina – than as a religious leader – a prophet – and when Muhammad died they were unwilling to accept Abu Bakr as their new prince.

Read on here: Understand Islam V


Already posted:

Islam I – Christians in pre-Islamic Arabia: islam-1

Islam II – Setting the stage for Muhammad and Islam: islam-2

Islam III -Islam, the sword or the tax: islam-3

Islam IV – Political Islam: The beginnings: Understand Islam IV

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Getting the history right about political Islam

 Islam is political

It is a widespread media dogma, even among some conservative commentators, that there is a disconnect between moderate Muslims and radical Muslims. A charming young Muslim with an Australian accent and dressed modestly in a nijab appears on television to tell us that radical Islam is not true Islam. Islam is as peace-loving as she is. Indeed, she radiates peace as well as charm. ISIS warriors, brandishing their swords and mockingly dangling severed heads in front of us tells a different story.

Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, the current President of Turkey has angrily rejected the distinction between moderate Islam and radical Islam. There is only one Islam he has insisted. Indeed, but what is it? Dangerous fish swim in calm waters. The ordinary person in the West is inclined to think of Islam in terms of Western thought and traditions, rendering their knowledge of it seriously deficient. Paul Stenhouse MSC Ph.D, an acknowledged expert on Islam and the Middle East, included the following article in a 2014 edition of Annals Australasia of which he is the editor. Continue reading “Getting the history right about political Islam”

Islam without the tinted spectacles of political correctness

Fr Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD is an acknowledged expert on Islam and the Middle East. He began a series on Islam in Annals Australasia in March 2015. There are ten outstanding articles in the series covering all aspects of Islam (historical, cultural, religious and philosophical). Most important of all for a clear unbiased understanding of Islam, they are free from the Marxist framework of political correctness that vitiates most media commentary on Islam. The ten articles will appear on this website, beginning with the first three. Follow the links below:

Islam I – Christians in pre-Islamic Arabia: islam-1

Islam II – Setting the stage for Muhammad and Islam: islam-2

Islam III -Islam, the sword or the tax: islam-3

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