Book: The Misery of Islam
I first researched Islam after 9/11 to find out about the Religion and how we got to this position in the first place. I read the above excerpts and it is a scholarly read but omits a vast amount of how we got where we are. The book details how Muhammad actually murdered thousands of innocent Jews and Christians and there are so many versions of the Koran any action can be justified as it is.
However it was not intended this way! Muhammad wanted to form a unique Religion for Muslims so they would be thought of as the equal of Jews and Christians. He used to go out into the desert and spend days and nights in a cave 30 feet below the desert. When he finally put it all down and formed the Religion in 610 Muslim's use to kneel down and face Jerusalem to pray.
Islam for whatever reason was never thought of as an equal and eventually Muslims wanted to be the best, the one and only and turned their back on Jews. That aside I have below the modern reasons why the gap became a gulf it seems never to be rejoined.
Why we began to be where we are Today: The Enlightenments influence on the Founding Of America.
In light of what we have experienced already we can be thankful for our founding fathers wisdom. With what you are about to read, it becomes obvious that the decision to keep religion separate from politics was a good one and we better get back to it. The enlightenment was a confusing time for Religion.
*With the advent of technicalization in the west an entirely different kind of Society was formed. a new ideal of humanity came about. This in turn would affect the perception of the nature and role of God. The newly industrialized and efficient west also changed the course of history. Other countries of the civilized world found it increasingly difficult to ignore the western world as it had in the past. The Muslims as we know are still unable or unwilling to come to terms with it.
No other civilization in the history of the world had achieved anything like this. The west therefore created problems that were completely new, and very difficult to deal with.
*Until the eighteenth century Islam had been the dominant world power in much of the Middle East and Africa. By the end of the eighteenth century Europe had begun to dominate the world. The very nature of its achievements made it impossible for the rest of the world to catch up.
They believed that with their vast religious and civilizational principals that they were beyond reproach. They felt that they were vastly superior and always were. We know now that this is not true and right for everyone. They also believed that any country would be better off under its guidance.