The New Yorker has a very good article entitled “The Moderate Martyr: A radically peaceful vision of Islam”, by George Packer. The article is about Mahmoud Muhammad Taha, a, Sudanese scholar who put forward a vision of Islam in its original, uncorrupted form, in which women and people of other faiths were accorded equal status and which the Quranic concepts of compassion, mercy, justice, and beauty, supersede some of the less tolerant passages of the Sunna.
The Pope’s statements on Islam . The statement provoked the usual reaction of: How dare he call us intolerant. We must kill him. “Anyone who describes Islam as a religion as intolerant encourages violence,” Foreign Ministry of Pakistand spokeswoman Tasnim Aslam said of the Pope’s comments. Muslim press reaction to the Pope’s statements. The Pope should address the scandals and crisis in the Church. Let George W sort out us damn Muslims.
Finished reading “The Great Theft” and hated it. Too bad, because I enjoyed “The Conference of the Books”. Abou El Fadl makes some basic assumptions which are simplistic and frankly wrong. He divides the Ummah into Puritans and Moderates. He then goes on for chapters to tell us what moderates believe and what puritans believe. And, thus, you get statements such as this: “All moderate scholars object to the Western cultural practice of dating.” I actually know some ‘moderate’ scholars who not only support dating, but have even grasped the concept of breasts.