The expression `Muhammedan'

The otherwise excellent Home Forum page article "The Legacy of Islamic Spain," Nov. 2, demands clarification in terminology. The followers of Islam should be referred to as Muslims; that is, "one who submit's to God's will." The expression "Muhammedan," coined in Medieval Christian Europe with its veneration of Jesus, Mary, and the saints, refers to "the followers of Muhammed," suggesting that the great leader is worshiped as Christians venerate Jesus.

Although Muhammed is honored as God's last messenger, he is no more than the last prophet in a line of revered men: Jesus, Moses, Noah, and Abraham. Therefore, using the word Muhammedan is incorrect. Anne Marie Weiss-Armush, Dallas

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