By: David Harris
I took a class in world religions at my community college this last semester as an elective. I had certain expectations of what the atmosphere in the classroom would be like, and what the views of the professor would be like. The majority of the class was spent on the eastern religions of Buddhism, Hinduism, Jainism, etc; several days were spent on Judaism and Christianity, and exactly 1 hour and 15 minutes was devoted to the religion of Islam. You would expected to hear a thing or two about the prophet Mohammad, the Caliphs, or five pillars of Islam- but no; my professor spent nearly an hour and 15 minutes trying to make sure that we all understood that Islam was a religion of peace and tolerance. My professor could have done some good from reading Peter Hammond’s “Slavery, Terrorism, and Islam”.
Hammond also points out that the second word in the title of the book, Terrorism, is not a fringe practice by radical Muslims, but a central, core pillar of the Muslim faith. Mohammad said that Jihad was the second most important deed of Islam (The Hadith). With that in mind, the question is asked: is it any wonder that on September 11th, 2001, a group of true Muslims put their hateful ideology into action? No. Of course not. It’s something to be expected! Several chapters of the book focus on perhaps one of the most misunderstood periods of time in history: The Crusades. Hammond points out that in the 700s; Charles Martel was opposing a huge force of Muslims coming into France. France? But France is QUITE far from the Middle East or Northern Africa. Well, that’s because in the 700s, The Muslim advance in Western Europe had taken over most all of Spain, and was coming north to France. Therefore in the 900s a movement was started to free fellow Christian brothers and sisters suffering under the burden of Sharia Law and Muslim theocracies. He goes on tracing the various historical roots of the Crusades, the shameful conditions of Christians in Muslim controlled lands, and the historical inaccuracies portrayed in films like Ridley Scott’s “Kingdom of Heaven”.
As mentioned earlier, Hammond’s personal experience and study gives him a good deal of credibility for this book. I would highly recommend ordering it from Frontline Fellowship (the order may take a while because it comes from Cape Town). I would highly suggest this book for any college taking any western civilization class, anyone interested in reaching Muslims with the Gospel of Christ, or anyone interested in the subject of either slavery or the crusades.