Thursday, April 9, 2015

CNN weighs in on whether extremism is fundamentally part of Islam, and says it is not

Haroon Mohgul has a piece in CNN, “How to prevent more Tsarnaev’s”, link here.
Moghul discusses the book “Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now” by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, where the author argues that extremism is caused by the religion itself. Mohgul says, she is wrong. 
The New York Review of books has a related piece by Malie Ruthven, “The Map ISIS Hates”, link here. The article notes a map of the Middle East where the damage done to Islam was due to European colonialism, but the map really notes a natural division between Sunni and Shiite, which led to the establishment of separate states.
So the author of the first piece talks about the need to educate the Muslim population about the abuses of its own leadership.  But it is also true that the West is seen as having exploited the natural resources of the area (as did the Soviet Union, of course), and then as having promoted personal values that hide from people their unwitting benefit from supposed exploitation.  But of course, that sounds a bit like the old secular complaints of Marxism.  

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