Benjamin Franklin’s character , for instance, asks at one point, “Is it worse to follow Mahomet than the devil?” His readers automatically assumed that both were just as bad.Bush, repeated over and over that the “War on Terror” was a war against Muslim extremists who choose to use violence to further their agenda, and not against Islam or Muslims.
Muhammad’s religion, he argued, was a fig leaf over his ambition to control the Arabian Peninsula and vast territories beyond.
An historical perspective is crucial in understanding today’s dynamics between these two groups, even if, as David Johnston argues here, very little has changed in over three centuries.
Johnston takes his lead on this subject from the work of Baylor University’s Thomas S.
I can only allude to it in a very general way and offer three examples.
But first, we must roll out the main platform on which various views of the Last Days (eschatology) played out.