By Henry Kamen
During this thoroughly up-to-date variation of Henry Kamen's vintage survey of the Spanish Inquisition, the writer comprises the most recent examine in a number of languages to supply a new—and thought-provoking—view of this attention-grabbing interval. Kamen units the infamous Christian tribunal into the wider context of Islamic and Jewish tradition within the Mediterranean, reassesses its results for Jewish tradition, measures its impression on Spain's highbrow existence, and firmly rebuts various myths and exaggerations that experience distorted understandings of the Inquisition. He concludes with worrying reflections at the effect of country defense organisations in our personal time.
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Therefore, when Muslims speak about God, they have in mind that it is the God of Abraham, Moses, Jesus, and Muhammad. Even Arab Christians, who speak the Arabic language, say “Allah” when they talk about God. ’” (Qur’an 29:46) Muslims prefer to use the name Allah no matter what language is being spoken. This is because this proper name for the supreme deity cannot be made plural or altered in 18 Chapter 2 ➤ Food for the Soul any way grammatically in Arabic. I will use the terms Allah and God interchangeably throughout this book.
Allah wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. However, unlike us, He is not dependent on our loving Him, but isn’t love a nice thing to receive? Soul Soup Getting back to the time before there were human beings, when all things and animals declined the offer of self-awareness, we find that God finally made the offer to us. Humans weren’t around in physical bodies on Earth. Instead we existed only as a murky prototype and we were with Allah in a sort of primordial soup of spirit matter. Think of all our souls packed in one large ball, none being individual or unique.
If we didn’t take the chance of having them, we wouldn’t experience that special love. One moment of genuine love is worth more than weeks of anger. If all we wanted was obedience and nothing more, then we would choose gerbils or dogs for companions in our homes. Allah wants us to love Him as much as He loves us. However, unlike us, He is not dependent on our loving Him, but isn’t love a nice thing to receive? Soul Soup Getting back to the time before there were human beings, when all things and animals declined the offer of self-awareness, we find that God finally made the offer to us.