“Scholars working on the Middle East…have denounced well-founded scholarship as ‘Islamophobia’”

The good prof seems to have his heart in the right place, but there are fundamental misunderstandings. Herf believes Islam can be separated from ‘Islamism’: ‘ Islamist interpretation of the Koran’ (the Koran cannot be interpreted, it is the word of allah for all time and any place;it has to be taken straight up, undiluted) and finally, that “the Nazi interpretation of Christianity as well as the core texts of the Christian tradition itself, were used by the Nazis to justify their mass murders” is patently absurd. Anyhow, he stands up to Islamic bullying and blackmail, and that is quite something in these quarters:

Herf-300x200The historian Jeffrey Herf has written a trenchant letter to the president of Brandeis University over its capitulation to Hamas-linked CAIR over the honorary degree to Ayaan Hirsi Ali. What Herf describes as his experience here in being accused of “Islamophobia” is exactly the same experience that everyone has if he or she speaks honestly about how Islamic jihadists and supremacists explain and justify their actions by reference to the Qur’an and Sunnah. What happened to Ayaan Hirsi Ali and what Jeffrey Herf describes here as having happened to him is not singular. It is the universal experience of everyone who has ever stood against Islamic supremacist groups and their “scholars” in a thoroughly corrupt academia.

…Ms. Hirsi has had the courage to say unpopular things about the religion of Islam and the ideology of Islamism. In two of my prize-winning books, Nazi Propaganda for the Arab World (Yale University Press, 2009) and The Jewish Enemy: Nazi Propaganda during World War II and the Holocaust (Harvard University Press, 2006), I have had occasion to address the role of Islam and Islamism in fanning the flames of Jew-hatred. In publishing work that documents the role of the Islamist interpretation of the Koran in promulgating the most absurd and idiotic ideas about the Jews, I have faced intolerance from scholars working on the Middle East. They have denounced well-founded scholarship as “Islamophobia” or “Zionist propaganda” and denied that the Koran or Islamism could possibly have anything to do with anti-Semitism. Like Tony Kushner and Desmond Tutu, to whom Brandeis has given honorary degrees, they have erroneously argued that Arab and Islamist antagonism to Israel is exclusively the result of the alleged sins of Israel. As far as I know, neither has had anything of substance to say about the role of Islam and Islamism in fanning the flames of hatred of the Jews and of Israel. These critics have said that those of us who point to the anti-Jewish elements of the Koran and the Jew-hatred of modern Islamists are guilty of intolerance towards Muslims. I have seen this up close for years now. The last place I expected to find groveling, embarrassing appeasement of this rubbish was from the president of Brandeis University….

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Esposito BS: 

Your decision reflects a now-widespread double standard of broad criticism of Judaism and Christianity combined with fear—yes it is fear—to write and speak with equal critical spirit about Islam. We historians of modern Germany and Nazism know that the Nazi interpretation of Christianity as well as the core texts of the Christian tradition itself, were used by the Nazis to justify their mass murders. In our own time, Hamas, Hezbollah, the Muslim Brothers, Al Qaeda and the government of Iran, despite their differences, all draw on phrases from the Koran and in the texts of subsequent Islamic commentaries to find theological justification for antagonism to Jews, Zionism and the state of Israel.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali has been willing  to point this out, something Kushner and Tutu have never done. That the president of a university founded by Jews in the immediate aftermath of the Holocaust should have rescinded an honor to a woman who has had the courage to attack the most important source of Jew-hatred in the world today is a disgraceful act and a failure of leadership. Instead of appeasing intolerance in your faculty, you should have taken this moment to reaffirm the values for which Brandeis has stood for so long and reconfirm the place of universities as models of tolerance and enlightenment in our troubled society. Once a proud alumnus, I will be forced to disavow my relationship with Brandeis in the future.

Sincerely,

Jeffrey Herf

Professor, Department of History
University of Maryland
College Park

Beth, a Christian, calls the good professor out on this:

Beth

‘We historians of modern Germany and Nazism know that the Nazi interpretation of Christianity as well as the core texts of the Christian tradition itself, were used by the Nazis to justify their mass murders.”

“Tradition” – yes.
Actual New Testament teachings/commands – No.

I must address this common misunderstanding:

Rom 13:9 For this, Thou shalt not commit adultery, Thou shalt not kill, Thou shalt not steal, Thou shalt not bear false witness, Thou shalt not covet; and if there be any other commandment, it is briefly comprehended in this saying, namely, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

And that’s it. 5 (count them) golden rules for true peace for all:

Do not cheat
Do no murder
Do not steal
Do not lie
Do not covet

Rom 13:10 Love worketh no ill to his neighbour: therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.

Here is fact that I wish all scholars would get correct once and for all:

There is not one single sentence that exists in the New Testament that teaches humans to be violent with each other. Not one.

Hitler, if anything – carried out the commands found in the koran.

Koran (chapter and verse given for proof)

047.004 – Beheadings

033.052 – Gang Rape of female ‘infidels’

005.033 – Crucifixions

008.067 – Treason

033.061 – Genocide “without mercy”

005.041 – Racism….

005.041 O Messenger! let not those grieve thee, who race each other into unbelief: whether it be among those who say “We believe” with their lips but whose hearts have no faith; or it be among the Jews,- men who will listen to any lie [This is Racism – It is hate speech]

Knowing these facts now – look at this statement again:

‘We historians of modern Germany and Nazism know that the Nazi interpretation of Christianity as well as the core texts of the Christian tradition itself, were used by the Nazis to justify their mass murders.”

This is no way to win for the truth.

  • Jay Boo

    Good catch
    Jeffrey Herf is merely setting up a pre-emptive defense of (false equivalence) to buffer against the inevitable push-back from the groveling leftist elitist Islamist butt-kiss crowd.
    In other words, inspecting Islam requires simultaneous criticism of Christianity to avoid charges of Islamophobia.