Islamic Pacifism

Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era

by Arsalan Iftikhar

Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.

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Arsalan Iftikhar is a human rights lawyer, contributor to Tell Me More's weekly 'Barbershop' segment and the author of the new book Islamic Pacifism: Global Muslims in the Post-Osama Era.

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Chapter Four: Historical Roots of Muslim Pacifism

Salaam, Shalom, and Peace. Linguistically speaking, any nominally-trained translator anywhere around the world would be able to tell you the simple fact that each one of these three aforementioned words means exactly (and empirically) the same thing within their respective Arabic, Hebrew and English languages.

Whether you are saying 'Assalamu alaikum' to a Muslim friend in Islamabad or 'Shalom aleichem' to a Jewish buddy in Tel Aviv; in both cases, you are simply stating the same respective traditional Abrahamic religious greeting of peace and salutations for both Islam and Judaism, universally translated around the world as: "May peace be with you." Similarly, most academics, historians and linguists would also jointly concur that the etymological origins of the Arabic word Islam emanates from the linguistic Arabic root word sa-la-ma meaning 'peace.' Finalizing the chronological Abrahamic triumvirate begun by Judaism and Christianity, the 1400-year-old monotheistic religion of Islam is probably the most blatantly misunderstood of the three major Abrahamic religions in existence today.

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