Battle for the Soul of Islam: traditionalism versus fundamentalism

September 5, 2006 at 11:26 pm (Blogs, Islam, Islamism, Religion, The West)

I would like to thank Ali Eteraz of Eteraz for responding to my post (which he does in his post “What about the Moderates?”), wherein I mention him, and thereby bringing up an issue I ought to address.

In the current battle for the soul of Islam, as The Chicago Tribune put it some time ago, there are two prominent factions that are pitted against each other in a war that has become violent, vociferous, and vitriolic. This war has already had wide repurcussions throughout the Muslim world, and will continue to do so. At this point, one cannot say which side is winning. Read the rest of this entry »

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Terrorists: they’re not insane

September 5, 2006 at 8:33 pm (Islam, Islamism, Religion, The United States, The West)

Some people would like to dismiss terrorists by claiming that they are insane or crazy. To say this is to suggest that they simply do what they do because they feel like it, because they’ve been told to do it, or otherwise unthinkingly engaging in terrorism. It is quite nice, if one looks at it one way, to view terrorists as pawns.

But they’re not crazy or insane or irrational, especially irrational. Read the rest of this entry »

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Bibliophilia

September 5, 2006 at 6:34 pm (Amusement, Blogs)

Thanks to Isaac Schrödinger’s “So Very Un-Islamic” (at Isaac Schrödinger), for your entertainment I present: Hot Library Smut. (Safe for work.) Read the rest of this entry »

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