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Questions Facing the Muslim World by Harold Rhode

Many parts of the world, such as Korea, China, and India - basically medieval kingdoms fifty or sixty years ago -- are now among the pacesetters of the modern world, both producing, and improving on, existing inventions. The Muslim world, however, often better off than these countries just half a century ago, has remained as it was, or has even, in many instances, deteriorated. This inertia in the Islamic world seems to stem not from any genetic limitations, or even religious ones, but purely from Islamic culture.

 

• Questions Facing the Muslim World by Harold Rhode http://t.co/eTVx76lb

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An Islamic Reformer [Irshad Manji] Who Can’t Be Silenced by Paul Berman

An Islamic Reformer [Irshad Manji] Who Can’t Be Silenced by Paul Berman | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

It shouldn’t be necessary to cite numbers to demonstrate the ability of the genuinely independent thinkers to make themselves heard. Why else are they attacked, after all? Nor do these attacks occur only in Muslim-majority countries. Manji has lately had trouble in Amsterdam, too—where, as everyone will remember, she is hardly the first person to come under attack.

Who will defend these people, these truest heroes of modern freedom? That is the only question.

 

• An Islamic Reformer [Irshad Manji] Who Can’t Be Silenced by Paul Berman http://bit.ly/Key95o

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Claiming Jerusalem is in the Koran by Daniel Pipes

Claiming Jerusalem is in the Koran by Daniel Pipes | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

How amusing is it to find a 142-page book on a non-existent subject, for Jerusalem is not in the Koran. I even have long-standing offer to pay US$1million to anyone who can locate mention of the city there, with no winner yet.

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Uncovering early Islam by Daniel Pipes

Uncovering early Islam by Daniel Pipes | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

Building on this Christian base, revisionists postulate a radically new account of early Islam. Noting that coins and inscriptions from the seventh century mention neither Muhammad, nor the Quran, nor Islam, they conclude that the new religion did not appear until about 70 years after Muhammad's supposed death. Only about 700 C.E., when the rulers of a now-vast Arabian empire felt the need for a unifying political theology, did they cobble together the Islamic religion.

 

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A Startling Thesis on Islam's Origins, book review by Malise Ruthven of 'In the Shadow of the Sword'

A Startling Thesis on Islam's Origins, book review by Malise Ruthven of 'In the Shadow of the Sword' | Martin Kramer on the Middle East | Scoop.it

In a view that Tom Holland takes forward from Wansbrough and his disciples, Islam was born not in the deserts of Arabia but in the borders of Syria-Palestine, a region that had long been devastated by plagues and wars—the usual precursors of apocalyptic scenarios and millennial hopes. The Qurayshites may not have been Meccans but Arab tribes that had grown rich on Roman-Byzantine patronage. The religion he founded began as a classic millennial cult comprising Jews, Christians and Arabs driven by an apocalyptic belief in the end of the world, with Jerusalem as its original focus. The purely Arabian provenance attributed to Islam and its prophet were later inventions by pious scholars who tried to curb the power of the caliphs by using the memory of Muhammad, with its iconic moral authority.

 

• A Startling Thesis on Islam's Origins, book review by Malise Ruthven of 'In the Shadow of the Sword' http://on.wsj.com/KRWTFy

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