Trifkovic vs. D’Souza
Here is a verbatim excerpt from a debate today between Dinesh D’Souza and Serge Trifkovic on “Hot Talk with Scott Hennen,” which Trifkovic has sent out. See again D’Souza’s astonishing denial of the entire doctrine and history of Islam. And be sure to read the second half of the excerpt, where Trifkovic asks D’Souza in what order the suras of the Koran are arranged.
TRIFKOVIC: The problem with his book is primarily that Dinesh denounces me and my friend Robert Spencer for writing about Islam the way we do. What is truly remarkable for an intellectual is that he does not do so on the basis of any failure on our part to offer empirical evidence for our fundamental thesis – which is that Islam is inherently aggressive, racist, violent, and intolerant – but rather that this shouldn’t be allowed to be published, because it undermines the possibility of establishing some mythical alliance with the conservative Muslims. The problem there is that a conservative Muslim is obviously a person inherently opposed to any rationalistic revision of the Kuran or the Sunna, or any reinterpretation of Islam in the way that would enable it to be reformed. What we have is a self-proclaimed “conservative,” here in the United States, acting in exactly the same way as… that reminds me of my youth under communism in Tito’s Yugoslavia, denouncing a certain approach to a subject purely on the grounds of its alleged ideological unacceptability. He uses the term “Islamophobia” – which is a classic term invented by the Race Relations Industry, by the very people of the Left that he seeks to denounce. Once you subscribe to the term “Islamophobia” all debates about Islam cease, because the only valid definition of “Islamophobia” is the one offered by those people he blames for 9-11!Of course Trifkovic meant from long to short, not short to long, but he simply misspoke. The surprising point is that the most obvious fact about the arrangement of the Koran, evident to anyone who glances through it for the first time, and mentioned in the introduction of probably every English translation, did not spring to D’Souza’s mind when Trifkovic asked him about it.
Serge Trifkovic dropped me a note explaining that he did not misspeak. He says he deliberately reversed the order of short and long suras, to see if Dinesh D’Souza would catch the error, and he didn’t!
Trifkovic is thus remarkably prescient and D’Souza is amazingly specious, for Trifkovic grasped that D’Souza, despite his pretensions of having “studied Islam for four years,” was so ignorant of Islam that not only had he not read the Koran but that he didn’t even know the most basic thing about it, the very first thing that a first-time reader of the Koran picks up, that the suras go from the longest to the shortest.
Now, anyone following D’Souza’s statements would know that he doesn’t know much about Islam, especially as seen by his repeated reliance on the same superficial slogans from the Great Authority Bernard Lewis that every neocon commentator relies on. But that Trifkovic intuited that D’Souza knows literally nothing about the Koran is remarkable and I congratulate him for exposing D’Souza as he has done.
Andrea C. writes:
Wow! Yes, very prescient, very “on the ball.” Thank you for sharing that.
Posted by Lawrence Auster at March 05, 2007 10:47 PM | Send