Muhammad, Peace and the Jews of Medina: Juan Cole Discussion at Reddit
Collective Interview with Juan Cole about his new book at AskHistorians, Reddit.com
".........Well part of it is ethnocentrism. Constantine the Great became Christian in 312, and gradually he and his successors made the Roman Empire into a Christian empire. It was a conquest state and sought to expand its territory in the Balkans, Europe, Asia Minor, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Mesopotamia, etc. This muscular Christianity was actively supported by St. Augustine. But people of Christian European heritage don’t see Christianity as a religion of conquest. The early Muslim state did go out and take over the Near East and Iran, but I argue that the commanders of the faithful and later rulers just put Islam to the same sort of purposes as Constantine and his successors had put Christianity. I don’t think Jesus would have approved of many Christian Roman policies, and I don’t think Muhammad would have approved of some of what his successors did, either...."
Please read the rest of the interview here. The author Juan Cole makes Quran alone the source of his deductions: