[lit-ideas] Re: Moderate Muslims

  • From: Eric Yost <eyost1132@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Mon, 02 Oct 2006 16:16:20 -0400

Robert: This is a paradigm of the sort of reasoning ('Harris says...') Lawrence dismissed . . .Of course, this may not have been meant as an argument.

Eric: It's not meant as an argument; it's an attempt to present a topic for discussion. The topic is whether there is ... "every reason to believe that a terrifying number of the world's Muslims now view all political and moral questions in terms of their affiliation with Islam. This leads them to rally to the cause of other Muslims no matter how sociopathic their behavior."

Canadian author Irshad Manji has noticed this trend and written _The Trouble with Islam Today_ to address it. The problem as she sees it is that


"only in Islam is literalism mainstream. Which means that when abuse happens under the banner of Islam, most Muslims have no clue how to dissent, debate, revise or reform."

Manji has started Project Ijtihad, which she describes as "our foundation to spur a reform in Islam — a reform that enables the emerging generation of Muslims, especially young women, to challenge authoritarianism and restore Islam’s tradition of critical thinking."

In "A Moderate Muslim view of Islamic Terrorism, " http://www.crescentlife.com/heal%20the%20world/moderate_muslim_view_of_islamic_terrorism.htm

Kamal Nawash writes that "Fundamentalist Islamic terror represents one of the most lethal threats to the stability of the civilized world . . . ."

"So far, the few Muslims who choose to speak up against militant extremist Islam have faced threats of violence and accusations of being anti-Islam. In effect, the message disseminated by radical Muslims is that merely discussing Islamic terrorism is to be construed as an attack on Islam."

Simon's polling information, which I haven't yet looked at, doesn't seem to directly address this issue. It identifies some self-identified moderate Muslim opinion in Britain, but doesn't indicate to what extent that data is reliable. For example, see:

Radical links of UK's 'moderate' Muslim group
The Muslim Council of Britain has been courted by the government and lauded by the Foreign Office but critics tell a different and more disturbing story.



In the wake of the London bombings on July 7, 2005, Iqbal Sacranie, then the head of the influential Muslim Council of Britain, insisted that economic discrimination lay at the root of Islamist radicalism in his country. When it came to light that some of the suspects enjoyed middle-class upbringings, university educations, jobs and cars, Mr. Sacranie found a new culprit: foreign policy. In so doing, he boarded the groupthink express steered by Muslim elites

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