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December 2014 AD
Arab View of Arabian History
The Arabian view of Arabian history centers on the South, centered around Yemen and the coastal trading cities of the Red Sea.
It is assumed that a fairly
developed civilization grew in the south of the Arabian Peninsula. For
several hundred years it grew rich by exporting gold, frankincense and
myrrh to the Roman Empire; as well as controlling the overland routes
to India and the East.
The first collapse of the Marib dam around 450 CE; the decline of the use of frankincense due to the Christianization of Rome; and Roman success bypassing the desert by using a sea route led to the collapse of southern Arabian society. This in turn led to waves of immigration from the South to North, from the city to the desert.
Jewish View of Arabian History
The Jewish View of Arabian History centers on the North, centered around Jerusalem and the nearby coastal cities of the Mediterranean.
Dr. Günter Lüling proposes
a “more historical picture of Central Arabia, inundated throughout a
millennium by heretical Israelites”.
He envisions waves of
Israelite refugees headed, North to South, to Arabia bringing with them
Judaism in various stages of development.
literary-historical research in the Qur’an tends to support the notion
of a more northerly origin for linguistic development of Arabic.
Here is a brief summary of three of these waves of Judaic immigration: Herodian, Sadducean and Zealot (explained in more detail elsewhere).
KAABA BUILT BY JEWS
the time of Ptolemy, the native population of Cush originally inhabited
both sides of the Red Sea: on the east, southern and eastern Arabia;
and on the west, Abyssinia (Ethiopia-Eritrea).
the reign of Ptolemy VI Philometor (r 181–145 BC), the Jewish High
Priest Onias IV built a Jewish Temple in Heliopolis, Egypt and also one
in Mecca, Arabia.
He did this to fulfill his understanding of the prophecy of Isaiah 19:19,
“In that day shall there be an altar to the Lord (Heliopolis) in the
midst of the land of Egypt, and a pillar at the border (Mecca) thereof
to the Lord.”
The border of Ptolemy’s empire was in Arabia.
The Himyarite Kingdom had replaced the previous
kingdom of Sabea or "Sheba" as mentioned in the Bible. It had existed
for hundreds of years and encompassed a great portion of what is today
Saudi Arabia and Yemen. It was made up of Jewish refugees from the
Roman conquest of Israel during the 1st and 2nd centuries CE and
descendants of converts and continued Jewish exile due to the sweeping
spread of Christianity.
Several times, the leader of the Himyarites was a Jew.
Many other times, the leader of the Himyarites was a Gentile hand picked by Jews.
The context of the formation of Islam within the Arab kingdom of Himyarite is important to understand, because it is makes it possible for its adherents to interpret Islam today either as "a war against greed, immorality and idolatry"; "a battle between good and evil"; "a battle between East and West" - - or as we envision -- "a war on Christians" -- depending on which historical facts you choose to emphasize. In any event, the concept of a literal, physical battle exists throughout.
The Jewish Kingdom of Arabia was caught in the middle between Rome and Persia during their frequent wars.
The leadership of Himyar traditionally sided with Persia, yet Rome also tried to court the Jewish Kingdom.
In 438 CE, the Roman Empress Eudocia removed the ban on Jews' praying at the Temple site, and the heads of the Jewish Community in Galilee issued a call "to the great and mighty people of the Jews" which began:
"Know that the end of the exile of our people has come!"
The Roman Emperor Julian, as part of his
apostasy and an attempt to sway the Jewish Kingdom of Arabia away from
Persia, in 464 CE announced his intention of rebuilding the
All this inflamed Jewish nationalism, but the courting was short lived, and was followed by religious backlash and persecution.
Rome began to get the upper hand against Persia, partly due to sense of unity engendered by Christianity being declared and enforced as the official religion.
Persia followed Rome's example and the Mazdakites tried to create a universal faith for the Persian Empire.
Jews were no longer safe in either the Roman or Persian empires.
opportunity for self defense, the Jewish Exilarch Mar Zutra declared a
Jewish State in Babylon (Iraq). The Jewish Himyarite Kingdom in
Arabia, under the Rabbinite King Dhu Nuwas, also tried to create a
Jewish Kingdom from the Euphrates to the Red Sea. These short
lived revolts were crushed. The persecutions increased and dreams
of Jewish restoration began to take on a Messianic fervor.
When usurper Phocas murdered Byzantine
Emperor Maurice in 608 AD, Rome was in disarray. Egypt under Heraclius
revolted against Rome.
With the Byzantines in civil war, and
Heraclius's armies abandoning Egypt in order to pursue the usurper,
Jews convinced Persia that this was an opportunity to conquer Egypt --
and slaughter the Christians in Jerusalem along the way of
In 614 AD, thanks to the help of the Persian
mercenary army siding with the revolting Jews, Jewish Exilarch Nehemiah
ben Hushiel was made governor of Jerusalem.
Within months he was killed by a mob and Christians revolted against Persian rule.
Jews and Persians fought side by side and for nineteen days sacked the city.
Not intending for it to go this far, the
Persian King Khosrau ordered the Jews to leave the city, and appointed
a Christian governor to appease the Romans.
The Persians succeeded to conquer Egypt, but the war began to turn against them.
Heraclius had by now defeated the usurper Phocas, consolidated control over the Byzantine Empire, and was now out for revenge.
Heraclius entered Persia itself and completely obliterated the Persian Empire, but he reserved his greatest vengeance on the instigators of Persian invasion of the Byzantine Empire -- the scheming Jews -- who had also slaughtered so many innocent Christians in Jerusalem in their rape and plunder of this Holy Land jewel. In 619 AD, Heraclius defeated up to 20,000 Jewish troops outside the Golden Gate and entered Jerusalem triumphant.
Jerusalem was Christian once again.
The problem for
both Persia and the Byzantines was that both, in their total war of
annihilation, conceived by the Jews, had given each other knockout
All of Persia
would be completely dead to Islam and large parts of the Byzantine
Empire would be devoured by beheading hordes of Muslims.
With a little more preening by Jews in Arabia, all Mohammad had to do to finish the job was a few beheadings of Christians and the Jews would have Jerusalem on their own terms.
Or that was the plan.
Islam would be a
Jewish Frankenstein's monster, but Frankenstein's monsters are always
too stupid to not know to turn on its creator.
Mohammad born in Mecca around 570 AD was a
contemporary of the Jewish Revolt against Christian Rome and witnessed
Persia and Rome exhaust themselves in battle.
Mohammad's father, a prominent pagan named Abdallah, died
before he was born, and Mohammad was put under the care of his
grandfather Abu Talib, head of the prestigious Hashim clan, of the
priestly tribe of Koreish, whom were the chiefs and keepers of the
national sanctuary of the Kaaba, and whom pretended to trace their
origin to Ismael, the son of Abraham and Hagar.
Mohammad's mother, a Jewess named Amina, died when he was six. With Mohammad's formative years under the influence of a Jewish mother, Jews came to look upon Mohammad as the new Jewish savior, more powerful even than Moses -- and as the case with Moses, raised in ultimate power among the Gentiles, but really a secret Jew.
When he was 25, Mohammad married a wealthy Jewish
widow 15 years his senior named Khadija bint Khuwaylid. He lived the
next 15 years as a merchant, and came into contact with many Jewish
merchants and landowners. The Prophet and his Jewish wife gave birth to
six children: two sons, who died in childhood, and four daughters.
Around 610 AD, Mohammad told of a vision in which he heard the voice of a majestic being, later identified as the angel Gabriel say to him, "You are the Messenger of God."
Thus began a lifetime of religious revelations, which he and others collected as the Qur'an, or Koran.
Mohammad regarded himself as the last prophet of the Judaic-Christian tradition. He adopted aspects of these older religions' theologies while introducing new doctrines, although the Judaism and Christianity he knew differed from the religions we know today.
this the Prophet traveled to Taif to call on the people there to hear
his message. After being rejected he received a vision of Jewish
Jinn (spirits), perhaps referring to the souls of the slaughtered
Jewish troops, who eagerly accepted his message.
In 622 CE, the Prophet was invited to Yathrib by Jews. The Prophet's arrival was announced from the rooftops by a Jew.
With the death of Nehemiah ben Hushiel, the Judaic nation tried to grapple with the meaning of these events in terms of their literary heritage. According to Jewish tradition, the Messiah of Joseph would die. So Nehemiah must have been the Messiah of Joseph. This meant that the King Messiah was sure to follow. However, before the King Messiah would appear, he would be preceded by Elijah the Prophet. Their leaders said
"A Prophet is about to arise; his time draws near."
"We shall follow him; and then we shall slay [our enemies] with [divine] slaughter…"
As the common people became aware of the Prophet,
It is known that
Muhammad required that his followers keep kosher and the fast of Yom
Kippur, circumcise and pray facing Jerusalem.
Spain was the location of the Sephartic Jews placed there after the
Jewish revolts against Rome -- placed as far away from Israel as the
Roman Emperor could transport them.
Within 20 years, the exhausted Christian Roman (Byzantine) and Zorasterian Persian empires had fallen to the prophet's successors, and during the next two centuries vast Arab conquests and forced conversions continued. The Islamic empire grew into one of the largest the world has ever seen, stretching from India, across the Middle East and Africa, and up through Western Europe's Iberian Peninsula in what is now Spain.
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