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|width="40%"|'''Date of Birth'''||November 14 1944
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|'''Nationality'''||British
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|'''Occupation'''||Author
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|'''University Degree'''||Undergraduate degree in modern literature, University of Oxford
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==Background==
'''Karen Armstrong''' (born 14 November 1944 in Wildmoor, Worcestershire), who refers to herself as a "freelance monotheist", is the [[United Kingdom|British]] author of several [[Literature|books/articles]] on comparative religion. She is also a member of the UN Committee for Religious Affairs, and is well known for her defense of [[Islam]]. In November of 2009, she unveiled the "Charter for Compassion" in Washington, DC and online. This "Charter" is a document which urges all people and religions to embrace peace and (rather ironically) "to ensure that youth are given accurate and respectful information about other traditions, religions and cultures."
==Criticism==
Some of Armstrong's work have been described as "strikingly" anti-Semitic.<ref>Andrea Levin - [http://www.camera.org/index.asp?x_context=4&x_outlet=28&x_article=83 Karen Armstrong’s Unscholarly Prejudices] - Jerusalem Post, Febuary 2, 2001</ref> Her revisionist approach to discussing history has won her the praise of many Muslims and non-Muslims alikereaders, while earning her criticism from various historians including; Dr. Alfred Andrea,<ref> Andrea, A. J. - The Crusades in Perspective: The Crusades in Modern Islamic Perspective History Compass, 2003</ref> Dr. James Powell,<ref name="DJMP">Dr. James M. Powell - [http://www.hmml.org/centers/malta/publications/Lecture.html Crusading 1099-1999: Inaugural Lecture, Malta Study Center Lecture Series] - Presented at Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN, October 28, 1999</ref> Dr. Thomas Madden,<ref>Dr. Thomas Madden - [http://www.americanoutlook.org/index.cfm?fuseaction=article_detail&id=1691 Crusades of History and Politics] - Hudson Institute, Spring 2002</ref> and the Israeli historian Efraim Karsh,<ref name="TPS">Efraim Karsh - [http://www.nysun.com/arts/perfect-surrender/40266/ The Perfect Surrender] - The New York Sun, September 25, 2006</ref> head of Mediterranean Studies at King's College London, who comments:
{{Quote||"Ms. Armstrong goes out of her way to whitewash Muhammad's extermination of the Jewish presence in Medina, especially the beheading of the entire 600 to 800 male population of the Qurayzah tribe. "The Qurayzah were not killed on religious or racial ground," she claims, adding that "Muhammad had no ideological quarrel with the Jewish people." This is of course a travesty of the truth."<ref name="TPS">Efraim Karsh - [http://www.nysun.com/arts/perfect-surrender/40266/ The Perfect Surrender] - The New York Sun, September 25, 2006</ref>}}
Hugh Fitzgerald, the vice-president of and a contributor to Jihad Watch comments on some of her writing, calling it:
{{Quote||"...a scandal, consisting almost entirely of baseless assertions, incredible omissions, and complete fabrications. But it is not inexplicable. For Karen Armstrong history does not exist. It is putty in the hands of the person who writes about history. You use it to make a point, to do good as you see it. And whatever you need to twist or omit is justified by the purity of your intentions – and Karen Armstrong always has the purest of intentions. She knows that we in the “white Western world” (as some like to call it) fail to understand others. She knows of our deep need to create “the Other” – a psychic need felt exclusively, and with great intensity, apparently, only by us, and never by anyone else."<ref>Hugh Fitzgerald - [http://www.newenglishreview.org/custpage.cfm?frm=7158&sec_id=7158 Karen Armstrong: The Coherence of Her Incoherence] - New English Review, May 2007</ref>}}
Similar views are espoused by historian Dr. Thomas Madden. Commenting on one of Karen's books, he says:
{{Quote||"Poorly researched and written, this book is largely an exercise in modern left-wing rhetoric about sensitivity, tolerance, and the evils of Western civilization. Her “triple vision” is blurred by a misguided approach to Islam and Judaism and outright hostility to Catholicism."<ref name="DJMP">Dr. James M. Powell - [http://www.hmml.org/centers/malta/publications/Lecture.html Crusading 1099-1999: Inaugural Lecture, Malta Study Center Lecture Series] - Presented at Saint John's University, Collegeville, MN, October 28, 1999</ref>}} In an interview with Voor Dutch television (Network) on November the 23rd 2005, Karen Armstrong explained while smiling, what she believes is the reason behind the mass-slaughter of innocent Iraqi citizens via [[Suicide Bombing|suicide-bombings]]:
In an interview with Voor Dutch television (Network) on November {{Quote||because of the 23rd 2005so called forgotten dead, Karen Armstrong explained while smiling90, 000 by allied forces during the “reason” behind the mass-slaughter of innocent Iraqi citizens via [[Shahid|suicide-bombings]]: attack against Saddam Hussain.}}
{{Quote||Also in April of 2007, Karen Armstrong criticized Robert Spencer and his book "The Truth About Muhammad"because , accusing him of being ”a hero of the American right” and of writing his books in “hatred”.<ref>Karen Armstrong - [http://www.ft.com/cms/s/2/4a05a4a4-f134-11db-838b-000b5df10621.html Balancing the so called forgotten deadProphet] - Financial Times, 90April 27,000 by allied forces during the attack against Saddam Hussain".}}2007</ref> Spencer in his response stated:
Also in April of 2007{{Quote||Uh-oh, Karen Armstrong criticised Robert Spencer and his book "The Truth About Muhammadthe American right." That's mainstream media code for "a bad guy who should not be accorded respect or taken seriously."This is, of course, accusing him a familiar tactic of being ”a hero Leftists, jihadists, and those who sympathize with them: characterize any accurate report of their activities as "hatred." Never mind that my book works strictly from the American right” earliest extant Islamic sources, and of writing his books only reports what they say. If there is any "hatred" in “hatred”it, it comes from those sources, not from me.<ref>Karen Armstrong Robert Spencer - [http://www.ftjihadwatch.comorg/cmsarchives/016230.php Karen Armstrong reviews Spencer's/2/4a05a4a4-f134-11db-838b-000b5df10621.html Balancing the ProphetThe Truth About Muhammad!] - Financial TimesJihad Watch, April 2728, 2007</ref> Robert in his rebuttal, responded to these claims with: }}
{{Quote||“Uh-oh, "He also highlighted several lies told by Karen Armstrong in regards to the American right." That's mainstream media code for "a bad guy who should not be accorded respect or taken seriously." This is, of course, a familiar tactic of Leftists, jihadists, and those who sympathize with them: characterize any accurate report content of their activities as "hatred." Never mind that my his book works strictly from the earliest extant Islamic sources, and only reports what they say. If there is any "hatred" in it, it comes from those sources, not from me.”<ref>Robert Spencer - [http://www.jihadwatch.org/archives/016230.php Karen Armstrong reviews Spencer's The Truth About Muhammad!] - Jihad Watch, April 28, 2007</ref>}}
Not {{Quote|Karen Armstrong|He [Robert Spencer] picks out only thisthose aspects of Islamic tradition that support his thesis. For example, but he also highlights several lies told by Karen Armstrong in regards cites only passages from the [[Quran]] that are hostile to Jews and Christians and does not mention the content numerous verses that insist on the continuity of Islam with the People of his bookthe Book: ”Say to them:We believe what you believe; your God and our God is one.}}
{{Quote|Karen Armstrong|"He [Robert Spencer] picks out only those aspects of Islamic tradition that support his thesis|Oh, Karen. For example, he cites Do you really think no one will check your work? Not only passages from do I mention the [[Quran]] that are hostile to Jews verse you claim I don't mention (Qur'an 29:46), but I do so twice, on page 17 and Christians again on page 51...Having exposed in The Truth About Muhammad Armstrong's misrepresentation of Tabari's evidence about Aisha's age when she married Muhammad (see page 170), and does seeing her false statement above about my not mention the numerous verses that insist on the continuity of Islam with the People of the Bookquoting Qur'an 29: ”Say 46, I am not inclined to them: We believe what you believe; your God and our God is onetake her [at her] word...}}
{{Quote|Robert Spencer|"Oh, Karen. Do you really think no one will check your work? Not only do I mention the verse you claim I don't mention (Qur'an 29:46), but I do so twice, on page 17 and again on page 51...Having exposed in The Truth About Muhammad Armstrong's misrepresentation of Tabari's evidence about Aisha's age when she married Muhammad (see page 170), and seeing her false statement above about my not quoting Qur'an 29:46, I am not inclined has declined all invitations to take her [at her] word..debate Robert Spencer."}}
UnsurprisinglySome of her other claims include that “until the 20th century, Karen Armstrong has declined all invitations to debate Robert Spencer[[Antisemitism|anti-Semitism]] was not part of Islamic culture”, that [[Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Muhammad|Muhammad]] was a “peacemaker” who “respected” Jews and other non-Muslims, and that “until recently, no Muslim thinker had ever claimed [[Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Scholars on Jihad|violent Jihad]] was a central tenet of Islam."
Some of her other claims include that “until ==Other facts==In the 20th centurypast, [[Antisemitism|anti-Semitism]] was the 14th Dalai Lama said that Islam is not part of Islamic culture”violent, that [[Qur'an, Hadith and Scholars:Muhammad|Muhammad]] was a “peacemaker” any Muslim who actually “respected” Jews and other non-Muslims, and that “until recently, commits bloodshed is no Muslim thinker had ever claimed [[Qur'anlonger a genuine practitioner of Islam, Hadith and Scholars:Scholars on Jihad|violent Jihad]] was jihad is a central tenet of Islamspiritual struggle.Frontpage Magazine wrote about him, " Evidently, she has not he clearly had been briefed on the history of Jihad, or the many Qur'anic verses and hadiths relating to the reading too much Karen Armstrong"[[People .<ref>{{cite web|url=https://www.frontpagemag.com/fpm/271371/two-versions-dalai-lama-hugh-fitzgerald |title=Two Versions of the Book]]" and other [[Qur'an, Hadith and ScholarsThe Dalai Lama |publisher= |author= |date= |archiveurl=http:Dhimmitude//www.webcitation.org/query?url=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.frontpagemag.com%2Ffpm%2F271371%2Ftwo-versions-dalai-lama-hugh-fitzgerald&date=2018-10-16 |non-Muslims]], which all refute her assertions.deadurl=no}}</ref>
==See Also==
*[[Islamophilia]]
==External Links to Articles Critical of Karen Armstrong==
*[{{Reference archive|1=http://www.newenglishreview.org/Hugh_Fitzgerald/Karen_Armstrong%3A_The_Coherence_of_Her_Incoherence/|2=2011-12-08}} Karen Armstrong: The Coherence of Her Incoherence]
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