Sunday, 15 November 2015

Religion and Terror

Here's an interesting discussion from the BBC's This Week programme which zeroes in on the question of whether the Koran (Qu'ran) represents the literal and immutable  word of god, with the help of the historian and author Tom Holland.

Tom Holland provides a powerful example in support of his general argument, citing 'Jizya' as an example where Islam has moved on from medieval holy books to a more civilised and rational view of the world.

Jizya being a punitive tax levied on non-Muslims in Islamic countries in years gone by, as a sign of their second class status under Islam.

Now the practice of Jizya has been discarded in most parts of the Muslim world, but has been reintroduced in areas where the Islamic fascists are in control.