I am not talking about Sunni V Sh'ite people from the Middle East. I am caught up in a curiosity. How is the word moslem spelt. While I have heard Bush pronounce it muslim as in the pudding cloth wrap, I never realiased that there are two spellings.
I puzzled Rosanna by spelling it moslem and Jo seems to go for muslim. Rob reckons both are ok. The first thing that occurred to me was that it was the usual English/US difference, but no.
Wikipedia tells me it was moslem until the late eighties but due to mispronunciation by westerners, muslims prefer the muslim spelling.
Back in the sixties, English writers used to refer to muslim people as mohammedans.
I have checked a few online newspapers and Australia's Fairfax press seem to go solely for muslim. UK Independant likes muslim too. UK Sun likes moslem. New York Times has a bet each way seemingly, half moslem and half muslim.
But the curious thing is why did I not know that there were two different spellings? I just thought is was moslem and I had never noticed the more often used muslim. I am too old to change now, for me it will be moslem.