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SWAMI RAMA TIRTHA ON ISLAM
Tirtha does not criticize Islam, not its prophet nor its book. In this he follows in the
wake of other Hindu religious teachers and thinkers. What is exceptional about him is that
he knows so much about Islamic history and speaks about it with such frankness, exercising
no negationism about it. And that is the most significant part of this essay.
His knowledge of Islamic history does not however
make him change his views of Islam as a religion. He thinks that all that the best of
Muslim heroes did and Muslim teachers taught was "against the fundamental principles
of Islam." And in this way, he is able to retain his "respect and regard for
Islam." In this respect too he follows in the wake of other Hindu savants and
students of Islam who think they know Islam better than the best of Muslim theologians,
and cannot resist the temptation of speaking "not only as a Hindu, but also as a
Muslim and as a Christian."