Hmmm – lotsa problems with this statement. It happened just up the road from where I live, and I’ve read about it quite a bit. It’s a complex situation but:
1.) It was just over 300 years ago, not 400. They had the tercentnary in 1993.
2.) It’s not a parallel to the other cases being bandied about here – the witchcraft trials weren’t part of any religion vs. religion conflict
3.) The cases weren’t even religious on one side – these were civil cases where people thought they were being physically harmed by other parties, and were bringing charges against the supposed attackers for that reason. It wasn’t because of religious beliefs, although their religios beliefs certainly directed their tyhinking abvout who could be doing the hurting,. and how.
4.) Even given their assumptions, the witches should never have been convicted and hanged, as even the court condemning them decided less than a year later. It was the decision to take as valid “spectral evidene”, which never would have been done except for the hysteria.
As regards the OP, I’ve read the Koran through three times, and have an entire shelf devoted only to Islam. But I certainly am far from properly understanding it, and I know that I can’t see it from “the inside” as a believer does. There are certainly violent and intolerant passages (or at least they appear so in my translations), but I can pull out similarly intimidating passages from the Old Testament, and sayings that seem bizarre from the New Testament as well. The real question is how the believers view the world and interpret these passages themselves. And in that I have no doubt that there is a very broad spectrum, with the extremists getting all of the attention right now.