Friday, August 13, 2010

book notes

A World Without Islam by Graham E. Fuller

Most revered female figure in Islam -- Virgin Mary (mentioned more times in Qur'an than New Testament)

Qur'an has Jesus coming back on Judgement Day

Religions tend to be more tolerant of antecedent religions than newer ones.

Despite Islam's origins as a ruler's religion (and Christianity as an outsider's religion), Western Christianity has a much greater history of involvement with the state.

The Eastern Christian empire actually preferred to fall to the Muslim Turks than the Western Catholics because they would still be able to practice their religion under the Turks.