Tuesday, July 15, 2008

vehemently black and white

Why is Islam the only religion that is so “misunderstood”? Where are the series dedicated to "demystifying" Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism — you know, so we can “clear the air,” once and for all? As with the canard that, one need be fluent in Arabic to truly understand the commandments of the Koran, the hackneyed concept that Islam is so “profound” that only some sort of transcended sage can truly understand it — and in the meantime, the rest of humanity are better keeping silent on the matter — is no more than a shameless smokescreen. Indeed, that's Suffi and, to a much lesser extent, Shia talk. Sunni Islam, on the other hand (which makes up well over 90% of all Islam) is of all the major religions the most straightforward, black and white, totally legalistic and therefore totally “demystified” religion there is.

from Raymond Ibrahim: Islam: the perpetually “misunderstood” religion



At Wednesday, 16 July, 2008, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I think your view on Islam is "vehemently black and white". Islam is just an expression of "uniting with God" that is beyond Muhammad and the "official" interpretation of the Koran.

I make no distinction between Islam and the other two Abrahamic religions. Like Hitchens, Dawkins and Harris said, they're equally dangerous.

At Wednesday, 16 July, 2008, Blogger Arizona said...

Thank you for your comments, gentole.

Islam is both the "official" interpretation and the "uniting with God" expression. Raymond Ibrahim, the person quoted in this blog post, is clearly referring to the former which accounts for 90% of the Muslim world. He does acknowledge the existence of a minority view that is different.

Perhaps Hitchens and Dawkins regard all three monotheisms as equally dangerous but I don't think Harris does. He sees Islam as requiring special attention in this regard:

"... the truth is that Islam is quite a bit scarier and more culpable for needless human misery, than Christianity has been for a very, very long time. And the world must wake up to this fact. Muslims themselves must wake up to this fact."
source: The Problem with Atheism


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