The Violent and Oppressive History of Islam

Not only is the history of Islam filled with oppression, intolerance, and violence, but even to this day these things still persist in the Muslim world due to the teachings and example of Muhammad. Below are some examples of the oppressive, intolerant, and violent nature of Islam in history and in today's world:


• Charles Phillips and Alan Axelrod’s three-volume Encyclopedia of Wars documents the history of recorded warfare (up until A.D 2003), and from their list of 1,763 wars only 123 have been classified to involve a religious cause, accounting for only 6.98% of all wars and less than 2% of all people killed in warfare. However, when one subtracts out those waged in the name of Islam (66), the percentage is cut by more than half to 3.23%. So, of all the wars waged for religious reasons, Islam is responsible for more than all other religions put together.


• Since September 11, 2001 there's been over 33,000 Islamic terrorist attacks. Is this a coincidence?


• Islam is the religion of Isis, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban, Hezbollah, Hamas, Boko Haram, Al-Shabaab, etc... Is this a coincidence?


• According to Global Rights, an international nongovernmental organization that conducted a survey in 2006 in 4,700 households in 16 provinces across Afghanistan, more than 85% of Afghan women surveyed reported that they had experienced physical, sexual, or psychological violence or forced marriage, and more than 65% of Afghan women surveyed reported experiencing multiple forms of violence.


• In 2009, the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development released a report on Gender Equality and Social Institutions. The Study concluded that 11 of the 12 countries with the highest levels of discrimination against women were Muslim-majority countries.


• In Muslim countries little girls are being married off to men because Muhammad had a child bride. This is literally causing little girls to suffer and die. One example of this is what happened in 2010 in Yemen's Hajja province, when it was reported that a 13 year old girl who was forced into marriage died five days after her wedding when she suffered a rupture in her sex organs.


• According to the book 100 Years of Nobel Prizes by Baruch Aba Shalev, in the first 100 years of the Nobel Prize (1901-2000) there were 654 Laureates, and 65.4% of the Laureates identified themselves as Christians. Those of the Jewish faith are responsible for 21.1% of total Nobel Prizes (138), even though Jews only make up only about 0.02% of the world's population. By contrast, only 5 (0.8%) Nobel Laureates have been of the Muslim faith, even though Islam makes up approximately 20% of the world’s population.