Let’s burn Al-Tabari!

That itch is back! Scratch, scratch, scratch!

I think someone should point out to the those so keen to froth at the mouth that:

1. Reacting the way they do is, in fact, ‘orientalising’ their own response to such ‘honours’. Really, knights of the realm no longer climb onto to horseback to defend the honour of ladies. (Although I would pay good money to watch Sir Salman and Sir Iqbal joust.)

2. To this day, the claim of ‘satanic verses’ is found in… Muslim sources. The famous historian Al-Tabari noted the apocryphal narration in his history; an English Orientalist coined the phrase upon reading this story.

Someone should hand these Pakistanis the reknowned scholar’s book to burn if the existence of such a story so outrages them.

In addition, I really hope the next Muslim to criticise Rushdie has actually taken the time to read The Satanic Verses, since:

i. Reading what your ‘opponent’ has actually said is the first step to actually countering his argument. This is different to someone else hearing from someone else what the latter thought he wrote, who then happened to tell that to you. Confused? I am. Here I would ask Muslims to look at a word beginning with ‘c’ that is seven letters long and ends in the 20th letter of the Latin alphabet. It’s a word we like to invoke a lot during the course of apologetics.

ii. A lot of Muslims are quick to jump up and note that X critic has not read the Qur’an or Y historical text, yet then feels free to derive a judgement and conclusion. Let’s hold to the same standard, shall we?

In related news, my shares in the Effigies and Flag Plc are doing really well.


6 Responses to “Let’s burn Al-Tabari!”

  1. 1 dawood June 20, 2007 at 8:20 am

    Have you ever read the thesis by Shabab Ahmed on the Satanic Verses incident? He has done some real good stuff on it bro:

    Ahmed, S. (1998) Ibn Taymiyya and the Satanic Verses
    Ahmed, S. (1999) The Satanic Verses Incident in the Memory of the Early Muslim Community – An Analysis of Riwayas and their Isnad

    The latter being his PhD thesis. It is pretty frikkin awesome! 🙂

  2. 2 dawood June 20, 2007 at 8:21 am

    Oops it should read Shahab not Shabab – finger slip of monumental magnitude there. 😦

  3. 3 thabet June 20, 2007 at 9:38 am

    I need to get the second one, dawood.

    Talal Asad discusses this incident in his “Genealogies of Religion”.

    Thanks for the info.

  4. 4 Anonymous June 21, 2007 at 12:47 am

    Please could you specify which “word beginning with ‘c’ that is seven letters long and ends in the 20th letter of the Latin alphabet” you are talking about? There are a lot.

  5. 5 Mantra June 21, 2007 at 1:56 pm


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