This Dark Age

A manual for life in the modern world.

By Daniel Schwindt

The limits of Islamic law

Although we’ve spoken most directly of the limits of Christian expansion, but the same principle applies to other traditions. As an illustration of this limitation at work we can look to Islam and the way it altered the application of its revelation outside the Arab world. During the Muslim explosion, neighboring Arabian polytheists were given a hard choice: follow Islam or meet death. Such were the rules for the world in which that revelation was given. But when the Message journeyed outside of the Arab world, for example when Islamic monarchs ruled over Hindu lands, the principle of force was abandoned even though Hindus are certainly not monotheists (or polytheists).

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