He truly believes in the myth of the soi-disant “moderate” Muslim.
Perhaps our Canadian readers can take up a collection to buy for Dr. Peterson the definitive book on Sharia law:
The reason I’m not suggesting the excellent work of, say, Robert Spencer or Bill Warner, is that in order to truly understand a subject – to “stand under” it – one has to begin by reading its own documents. The blurb on “Reliance” states:
This is a classic manual of fiqh rulings based on Shafi”i School of jurisprudence and includes original Arabic texts and translations from classic works of prominent Muslim scholars such as al Ghazali, al Nawawi, al Qurtubi, al Dhahabi and others. It is an indispensable reference for every Muslim or student of Islam who needs to research on Islamic rulings on daily Muslim life.
The Baron will remember when it was that we bought our own copy (I find the past becoming one fluid succession of moments). But I well remember the price since I do all our online ordering. It cost $30.00 back then. Thus, when “Reliance” arrived, I was surprised to see how beautifully bound it was. I wondered then if it were not being subsidized by some Sunni group (not a book for Shi’ites – another distinction Jordan Peterson will have to learn).
At the time, there were fewer than a dozen reader reviews and many of them were written by devout Muslims. The times have certainly changed; current top reviews (i.e., five-star verified purchases) are decidedly against the book whilst still recommending that one buy it.
Today the price stands at $56.00, but still worth it for those who want to be thoroughly informed about what it means to live under Sunni Sharia Law.
Here’s one review [edited]:
This is a must-read for everyone who wants to know more about Islam and the reason why we now see things happening that once were totally foreign to us (FGM, child brides, Women’s Rights or rather the lack thereof, Apartheid, yes!, hatred towards Jews or Gays). This book will show you why. It is the Islamic Law. Too often we are told “Islam is peace”, but when you start reading the Koran, Hadith and Sira, it turns out to be anything but.
We can no longer trust our politicians to inform us correctly on important matters like this. They are painfully ignorant of the intolerant message Islam spreads.
Don’t take me wrong, to each his own in terms of what one chooses to believe or follow is my view. However, when an ideology (not a religion!) is so aggressive in spreading its message and willing to back it up with the most abject violence seen in a very long time, one must ask the hard and difficult questions.
Since the people we appointed to do this for us are unwilling or unable, we must educate ourselves.
This book is not an easy read and I strongly suggest reading up on the Koran etc. before one attempts it. But when you do, you will not be disappointed. The knowledge you will gain is invaluable in any future debate you will have because you are now armed with the facts, not what some politician, pundit or vague website will say.
While I agree with most of this reviewer’s comment, I’d say that the Koran is not the first thing to read, but rather the endpoint of any scholar’s study. Unless one understands how abrogation works, the mish-mash of the Koran is confusing.
Dr. Peterson will no doubt understand that concept (if he learns of it) since his scholarly digging into the early stories of the Bible (the Creation stories, Cain and Abel, et al) allowed him to understand their distillation as oral traditions long before they came to be written down. One thing my Scripture studies taught me was how fraught the process of textual codification must needs always be. By the time the threads of oral tradition have been woven into a luminous tapestry, the more unlikely or unverified strands have been removed.
At any rate, Dr. Peterson has so far proved to be a man who follows the path of truth as far as any scholar I know. On the other hand, how will he learn about taqiyyah if he’s going to listen only to “moderate” Muslims? We can appreciate how very difficult it is to let go of that hope, since the Baron and I held onto it at first. Jesus said the truth will set you free; he forgot to add that on first learning it, the truth can make you darn miserable.
We will continue to hope that some Canadian can find a way to get a copy of “Traveller” to JBP. Sooner rather than later. Here’s the Canadian Amazon link.