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nealmhughes Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sun Sep-10-06 11:19 AM
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7. From my understanding, in Islam Isa is indeed especially revered as very
"special" in a way that not even Mohammed is. The main sticky point is Orthodox Chritianity's insistence upon the divinity per se of Jesus/Yehua/Isa and the subsequent Trinitarian view of the Godhead, many Muslims see this as polygamy.

Mohammad himself did indeed, order that respect be paid to all "People of the Book", to whom it is interpreted classically to mean Jews, Muslims and Christians and perhaps the mysterious Sabians and/or Zorastarians.

For example, the Ottoman Empire did require the Christians to pay special taxes as did Jews from which Muslims were exempt, but they were free to worship but not preach/promote publicly. On the other hand, the Russians in Armenia lifted the taxes but detested the Armenian Orthodox Church and oppressed it, trying to force the Armenians to become Eastern Orthodox, like the Georgians.

By and large there have been no major Christian/Muslim atrocities in Muslim lands in the Middle East. There was a period of anti-Bulgarian atrocities in the late 19th Century under the Ottomans, but how much of that was anti-Russian and anti-Bulgarian independence is debatable; the Armenian atrocities are of course, public record, but that was the Young Turks under Kemal and not really the classic Ottoman Empire or representative of the modern secular Turkish Republic's present policies.

In other words, very complicated. I don't think most, in my personal opinion from Muslim friends that they consider Christians and Jews as being "evil" or "hell bound," there is simply too much in common in the view of a universal single god and the archaic patriarchs and prophets for all three not to have a common bond, all other is interpretation and subsequent innovation from the original common religious basis of Adam, Noah and Abraham for them to ignore one another.
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