Understanding Islam IX – Can the West rediscover its core?

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM IX
Grasping the Nettle Part 1
THE WEST CAN IT REDISCOVER ITS CORE?
By Paul Stenhouse MSC

MUCH IS made of the potential for global economic and social unrest from the millions of desperate refugees flowing into Europe from war-ravaged Syria, Iraq, the Horn of Africa, Central Africa and Afghanistan [2016].

This is the same Europe of which Pope John-Paul II wrote in 2003: ‘European culture gives the impression of “silent apostasy,” on the part of people who have all that they need, and who live as if God does not exist’.[1]

Many if not most of the refugees are Muslim, and the countries they are fleeing – along with much of the Islamic and Arab world – are infested with Islamic radicals, fundamentalists and extremists who have declared a holy war on the West. Continue reading “Understanding Islam IX – Can the West rediscover its core?”

Understanding Islam VII – Filling in the background

UNDERSTANDING ISLAM VII
When Damascus opened its gates to the Muslim army of Abu ‘Ubaidah ibn al-Jarrdh in 635 AD, three years after the death of Muhammad, its citizens little dreamt what a force they would eventually unleash upon themselves and their city – and indirectly upon the world that we have inherited from them.

FILLING IN THE BACKGROUND

By Paul Stenhouse MSC

This is the seventh in a series of eight articles by Fr Paul Stenhouse MSC PhD

THE TRAGIC random murder on October 2 2015, of an innocent employee of the NSW Police based in Parramatta New South Wales, at the hands of a 15-year-old Muslim boy has shocked Australia. The Iranian-born boy of Iraqi Kurdish origin, who had seemingly been influenced by as yet unidentified Islamic extremists, died in an exchange of gunfire with police. He was evidently seeking death under the delusion that this would make him a martyr, and redound to the glory of Islam.

Mr Curtis Cheng, the innocent victim of this tragic murder, was one of countless millions who over the centuries have died at the hands of fanatics who have modelled themselves, or been modelled by others, on the life and example of Muhammad as described in Islam’s sacred books and traditions. Read on: Understand Islam VII

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

Islam V – The Apostasy Wars: Understand Islam V

Islam VI – Islam, Conquest and Expansion: Understand Islam VI

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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

Annals Australasia describes itself as a ‘journal of Catholic culture’, first published in 1889. It is a magazine of the first quality with articles by experienced and well-qualified writers, some of whom are well-known to a general Australian readership. Its articles, commentaries and reviews cover social, political, philosophical and religious issues with appeal to non-Catholics as well as Catholics. Fr Paul Stenhouse has been its editor at least since the 1960s. For subscriptions: annalsaustralasia@gmail.com