Thursday, January 05, 2006

Right Islam vs. Wrong Islam

Abdurrahman Wahid of the worthy but dreadfully named Libforall in OpinionJournal on the war against the Wahhabi death cult, an “extreme and perverse ideology… fueled by petrodollars”. His recipe for defeating it seems nice but a bit naïve. He suggests 15 resources which can be mobilised against it. These include human dignity, the “power of the feminine spirit” (!?), local traditions in the Islamic world as well as broader traditions within Islam (including Sufism and modern Islamic teaching) as powerful counter-ideologies, and trans-national popular culture disseminated through new technologies. And finally: “the universal human desire for freedom, justice and a better life for oneself and loved ones”.


Also read Bruce Bawer’s hard-hitting litany of ways in which European elites have bent over to be abused by radical Islam, not only tolerating the most intolerant ideology since Nazism but banning books which “offend” the Islamists.


1 comment:

Vinayak said...


Happy new year. That was a nice post there. Religion, Tolerance, Racism, Terrorism, war on terror etc. leave very strong feelings.

Your blog made me think of the Indian context and "..Gudia, a Muslim girl and Shri Ramdev ji, a Hindu male...".

I feel Terrorism need not be overt. It could be covert too. . My blog below is on how the society defines the "weak" and who becomes the underdog !

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