Islamic Tolerance – better than Christian countries

At the time of the Umayyad caliphate, the people of the covenant, Christians, Zoroastrians, Jews, and Sabians, all enjoyed degree of tolerance that we do not find even today in Christian countries. They were free to practice the rituals of their religion and their churches and temples were preserved. They enjoyed autonomy in that they were subject to the religious laws of the scholars and judges.
(Will Durant, The Story Of Civilization, Volume 13. p. 131-132)

Categories: History

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  1. http://www.andrsib.com/durant/islam.htm

    The quote when I googled it, reads “contemporary Christian states”, not “Christian states even today.” All sense would indicate that the first, more common, quotation is correct, and that it referred to Christian states contemporary to the Umayyad state, eg. Dark Age European states.

    If we accept Will Durant as a reliable authority, and not at all given to simplistic hyperbole, then should we also quote him on the subject of how the Muslim invasion of Hindu India was one of the bloodiest processes in history, and agree with him in categorising the invaders as “barbarians”?

    Or do we only accept Will Durant’s judgement when it suits our pre-conceived ideas?

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