Modern-day expressions of Islamophobia have deep roots in Christian history and have been remarkably consistent, in spite of various social, ideological, and structural permutations, even when our vocabulary of prejudice has undergone euphemistic modifications. While some work has been done on Luther’s writings about the Jews because of Hitler’s use of Martin Luther’s execrable texts, his writings on the Turks have been largely ignored. Luther’s sophistry against Islam is, in many respects, no different than some of our contemporary expressions, especially since September 11, 2001. Luther’s vicious tirade against Judaism was continuously used by the Church for its ever present reprehensible anti-Semitic practices and rhetoric, reaching its most evil, efficient, and devastating expression in the Shoah some 400 years later. This leads one to logically fear that the rhetoric of the crusades and Luther’s many writings against the Muslims (Turks), used incessantly against...
Deconstructing Historical Prejudice: Luther’s Treatment of the Turks (Muslims)
charles amjad-ali was the inaugural Martin Luther King, Jr., Professor of Justice and Christian Community, and the Director of Islamic Studies (Emeritus) at Luther Seminary, St. Paul, Minnesota. He was also the first Archbishop Desmond Tutu Professor of Ecumenical Theology and Social Transformation in Africa at the University of Western Cape in South Africa in 2013. Amjad-Ali has a PhD in Theology and Political Philosophy from Princeton Theological Seminary, a post-doctoral certificate in Islamic Law and History from Columbia University, and received an honorary doctorate in Theology from the University of Uppsala, Sweden.
Charles Amjad-Ali; Deconstructing Historical Prejudice: Luther’s Treatment of the Turks (Muslims). Tikkun 1 August 2017; 32 (3): 39–43. doi: https://doi.org/10.1215/08879982-4162599
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