One of our well-informed readers writes to say I’m mistaken to characterize the teaching of horrible things about Jews and Christians in NYC’s Muslim schools as a Wahhabist distortion:
While I greatly appreciate your willingness to expose the ugly teachings in
these NYC Muslim day schools, you ARE MISSING A CRITICAL POINT: the heinous “rules” for how Muslims are to treat and or interact with non-Muslims have NOTHING to do with “Wahhabism” per se. ALL FOUR classical schools of Sunni Islamic jurisprudence, as well as the separate corpus of Shi’ite jurisprudence, sacralize and make permanent the inferiority of ALL non-Muslims and ALL women. That IS the shari’a [Islamic law] as it evolved from the Qur’an, the Sunna, and their interpretation by classical Muslim scholars of
ALL ilks. “Wahhabism” is merely an offshoot of the Hanbali school of Islamic
jurisprudence (i.e., ONE of the four Sunni schools, including the Hanafi, Maliki, and Shafi’i), which did not even arise until the 18th century!