One likes it or not, Huntington’s thesis is already becoming a reality. Even the followers of
Hinduism and Buddhism
both apolitical and pacifist creeds in principle and historically
are becoming increasingly jingoistic, political and even militant. There have been attacks on Christians and churches by Hindus in India and Buddhists in Sri Lanka in recent years. This trend, in all likelihood, would heighten over coming decades.
Despite the denials of his critics, Huntington’s analysis regarding Islam’s clash with its
neighbors is based on undeniable ground reality, which has greatly heightened since his theory was proposed in 1993, most prominently after the 9-11 attacks.
A cardinal fact that one may miss in Huntington’s book is that the civilizational clash of
Islam is not new; it is as old as Islam itself: fourteen centuries old. Islam was founded by
Prophet Muhammad as a “totalitarian and globalist creed” in the 7th
-century Arabia at the cost of his non-Muslim neighbors: Pagans, Jews and Christians. The Prophet himself had cleansed Arabia of the Pagans. On his deathbed (632), he had ordered his followers to cleanse Arabia of remaining few Jews and Christians, whom he had allowed to live as ignominious
dhimmi subjects in peripheral areas. The second caliph Omar (d. 644) put Muhammad’s last
wish to action, denuding Arabia of non-Muslims. He expelled the Jews of Khaybar in 638, for example.
The clash of “Islam versus the rest of humanity”, initiated by Prophet Muhammad at its
founding, was widened against all humanity and perpetuated by Muslims over the centuries. It could not be otherwise, because Islam was born in Arabia as Islamic God Alla
- plan, His politico-military tool, for creating a global Islamic state by making Muslims His
“agent and inheritor of the earth” [Quran 6:165] and promising to make Islam victorious over
all peoples and places [Quran 8:39]. Since then, Muslims, including its classical scholars, have divided the humanity into two houses, two civilizations:
(House of Islam) and
(House of War).
Islam’s central mission over the centuries has been to turn the non
-Muslim Dar al-Harb into Dar al-
Islam through Jihadi wars to realize Allah’s global imperial dream. Classical Islamic literature is very candid about this. And Islam’s history reflects exac
tly that. Islam has achieved stunning success in this mission. Where is the great pre-Islamic civilization of Coptic-Paganic Egypt, Zoroastrian Persia, Eastern Christianity of West Asia, Paganic-Animist North Africa, where Islam reached quite early by the sword. They have all vanished. Estimated 120 million human lives were lost to Islamic swords in Africa and 80 million in India. Some 60 million Christians and millions of Buddhists also perished. Readers may consult my just-released book,
, in order the grasp the whole picture of Islam’s historical and ongoing clas
h with the rest of humanity. It should be pointed that Judaism and Christianity had their own problem. If the account of the Old Testament is to be believed, at the founding of Judaism, Moses led his enslaved, oppressed Hebrew people out of Egypt to Israel
, which was to become their G’d
homeland; the indigenous people there suffered. But Judaism’s clash with its neighbours
theoretically ended there; it was not supposed to spread out of Israel. In reality, they soon became victim of harrowing persecution at their very homeland; their right to live there has been under constant threat, which continues today. Most of all, they have mended their ways: they live in complete harmony with people of all faiths: from India to North America.