Islam and War: A Study in Comparative Ethics – by John Kelsay

Intelligently crafted sentences go round and round, like Arab speech, to seem to denounce, or to appeal to logic of mind, that Islam is a just and tolerant religion, while at the same time stating that the purported goal of Islam is worldwide hegemony and rule.

It succeeds in its attempt to emulate Arab speech in declaring the above.

Author John Kelsay, a teacher in the Department of Religion at Florida State University in Tallahassee, Florida in 1993 at the time of publication of this book creates credibility issues regarding the sources of quotations found throughout the book. For instance, there is a discrepancy regarding the exact sentences provided by Abdulaziz Sachedina of the University of Virginia on the back of the book and the same iterations repeated in the voice of, and written by, John Kelsay in the Introduction to the book!

Additionally, there are two instances of bias, at least: on page 130 in Notes, Kelsay argues that the US and Israel commit acts in an unjust cause (and what about the subject matter at hand? Do not the Muslims commit atrocities?). He also puts the word “nation,” when he writes about the (former) nation of Yugoslavia, in quotations on page 113.

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