Thursday, 19 May 2011

The Psychopathology of Monotheism

(Notes for a projected treatise)

According to  certain neo-Freudians, monotheism is a psychological syndrome that without exception results from a suppressed penis inferiority complex. Although no hard evidence survives regarding how well endowed the Prophet Mohammed (pbuh) was in this regard, there are well-attested ahadeeth that suggest that his genitalia were modest in scope, to say the least.  The insistence with which  Mohammed endorsed the doctrine of there being only a single Godhead seems to indicate that his personality was deeply scarred by the trauma of being ridiculed by his wives and/or other persons (perhaps Abu Bakr) in connection with this shortcoming, with which he apparently struggled throughout his life.

Indeed, his instinctive horror of shortness -- and the intimate psychological link between his monotheism and his presumably challenged virility -- is revealed in the following passage from the Holy Qur’an:  “O my people! serve Allah, you have no god other than He, and do not give short measure and weight.” [11.84

Another passage seems to refer to a wish-fulfillment fantasy that occurred on a certain occasion on which Mohammed dropped his pants: “So he cast it (i.e. his pants) down; and lo! it was a serpent running.” [20.20] Naturally the Prophet cannot have worn full-fledged trousers as we know them today, but most likely leather breeches equipped with a codpiece. This article of male attire (known as * ’islakis) had been fashionable among the proto-Semites, and survived in parts of the Hejaz  well into the 9th century A.D., as revealed by excavations conducted at Ta’if by Prof. Codswallop in 1923.   

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