No one in the Western world before the Second World War had any misunderstandings about Islam.
So declaims Hugh Fitzgerald today on Jihad Watch.
Previously on this blog, I have documented and analyzed three scholars who had significant misunderstandings about Islam, in 1942, and 1917, and 1849. (If Hugh were to quibble about the 1942 date as not being “before the Second World War”, he would be on thin ice.)
These scholars I found more or less by a random browsing among scholarly journals—which indicates that more like them exist.
Furthermore, we have other voices from the past, such as Rousseau and Montaigne (or Sir Walter Scott, for that matter), who have written things around the subject of Islam too close to PC MC for comfort. And even Voltaire, who wrote a play much bandied as an anti-Mohammed play, intended that play more as a vehicle by which to pillory Western Christendom—his bête noire above all others.
Hugh’s hyperbole here reflects a misunderstanding of the nature and dimensions of PC MC—a misunderstanding he manifests in other ways as well, most egregiously in his reductive Esdrujulist explanation that actually only describes, but does not explain, the problem as one of mass stupidity, cupidity, rigidity; thus begging the question.