Does Islam Teach Violence?

by Stuart Burson

When we think of violence and religion, many of us, especially in the past few years, think of Islam. Some experts believe the eastern religion has gotten a bad name.

The image of Islam has suffered from scenes of suicide bombers, terrorists, and executions shown around the world. One SFA professor says violence in Islamic teachings draws parallels with the Christian Bible.

"I don't think the Koran itself teaches that one must be violent, [any] more than you could say the Hebrew scriptures or the Bible teaches you must be violent. If you look at the Old Testament in terms of violence, we have, basically, Moses and his followers committing genocide against the people that lived in Palestine," says Dr. Kelly Salsbery with SFA."

Dr. Salsbery says there are depictions of violence and discussions of violence in all these books.