Sunday, September 12, 2010
In the comments on an article on Jihad Watch, Traeh posted this:
A STANDARD ISLAMIC LEGAL REFERENCE, CERTIFIED BY THE CHIEF CENTER OF ISLAMIC AND ARABIC LEARNING IN THE WORLD, SUPPORTS EXTREME DISCRIMINATION AGAINST NON-MUSLIMS AND WOMEN:
From page 590 of The Reliance of the Traveller/Umdat Al-Salik:
The indemnity [compensation for damages] for the death or injury of a woman is one-half the indemnity paid for a man.
The indemnity for a Jew or a Christian is one-third the indemnity paid for a Muslim.
The indemnity for a Zoroastrian [the Persian pre-Islamic religion, to which some Iranians still adhere] is one-fifteenth of that of a Muslim.
From the back cover of Reliance of the Traveller:
"There is no doubt that this translation is a valuable and important work, whether as a textbook for teaching Islamic jurisprudence to English speakers, or as a legal reference for use by scholars, educated laymen, and students in this language." - Dr. Taha Jabir al-Alwani, president of the International Institute of Islamic ThoughtThe back cover also says the book
...is the first translation of a standard Islamic legal reference in a European language to be certified by Al-Azhar, the Muslim world's oldest institution of higher learning. It presents an explanative interpretation of Umdat al-Salik, a classic Sunni manual of Sacred law...
According to Encylopedia Brittanica, Al-Azhar University is the "chief center of Islamic and Arabic learning in the world..."