Juan Cole. (Image source: New America/Wikimedia Commons)
In the current issue of the Middle East Quarterly, Raymond Ibrahim, Judith Friedman Rosen Writing Fellow for the Middle East Forum, reviews University of Michigan professor Juan Cole's absurdly revisionist book on Islam's prophet, Muhammad: Prophet of Peace amid the Clash of Empires.
As Ibrahim notes, "Cole presents Muhammad as a contemporary Western statesman devoted to peace, tolerance, multiculturalism, and gender equality, and sympathetic to Christian Byzantium." To achieve this "massive distortion meant for Western consumption and catering to Western sensibilities," Cole "either ignores or manipulates the entirety of Islamic historiography and Qur'anic exegesis."
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