I recently purchased this book in the airport on my way back from holiday. The title looks interesting and the author is a Royal Military College of Canada professor. As opposed to standard islamophobia narrative that only Islam and Prophet Muhammad is conducive to violent resistances Professor Gabriel contends that the founders other “great religions” —Judaism, Buddhism —were also accustomed to resorting to violent resistances in battlefield.
I know that Moses is the prophet like Muhammad commanding their men in the battlefield however I never know that even Buddha had ever fought wars.. in fact many of them. So this book should correct understanding on the role of men of God as natural military leaders. My position is always that all God’s men were in fact divinely mandated to resort to arm resistance for God’s cause. Even this can be said to Jesus as well. He was a leader of armed resistance to occupying Roman force albeit not a successful one. This can be traced from a few of gospel narrations.
About the Author
Richard A. Gabriel is a distinguished professor in the Department of History and War Studies at the Royal Military College of Canada and in the Department of Defence Studies at the Canadian Forces College in Toronto. He has also been professor of history and politics at the U.S. Army War College and held the Visiting Chair in Military Ethics at the Marine Corps University. A retired U.S. Army officer, he is the author of numerous books and articles on military history and other subjects, and a regular talking head on documentaries.
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