Salim Mansur: A Ramadan Piece – The “Other” Islam

“Thoughtful Muslims, for nearly a century before the demise of the Ottoman Empire and the abolition of the Caliphate, had been writing about the need for an Islamic reform. Europe’s cultural advancement following the Reformation and Enlightenment held up a mirror for the Islamic world to follow in similar direction to similar ends. There was a consensus among Muslims that Islam was not intrinsically opposed to the modern world, and a readiness to follow in the footsteps of the West.”

  • DavidinNorthBurnaby

    Damn, my BS detector overloaded.

    • Salim is a good man.

      • Alain

        One can be a very naive good man.

        • DD_Austin

          He’s still a muslim, he never renounced it.
          the “reformers” and “moderates” are not “good” men
          their still muslims, their part and parcel of Islam
          and they simply delay the just retribution muslims
          have coming to them

          and my Taqiyya detector overloaded, Salim is a fifth
          columnist columnist for Islam and the only really moderate
          muslim is a dead one

      • moraywatson

        So is Justin Trudeau.

  • Mansur’s piece is thoughtful but leaves out the theological and cultural facts that make Islamism incompatible with classical democracy.

    • Alain

      Yes indeed and the vital part of Islam that nothing whatsoever can ever be changed.

      • If it can’t or won’t be changed then what good is it?

        If the spirit of the theology is still there, what is the problem?

    • Will Quest

      Islam has had it’s reformation….. that revival is carried out by ISIS …..

      • Strictly speaking, there is no reformation. Islam exists in its purest form.

  • pdxnag

    The first tiny reform is to become violently intolerant of any hint of support for the elementary and universally recognized death penalty for apostates from Islam. Thus this most simple and solitary bit of minimalist and essential reform is quite enough to be called a declaration of war by free people against Islam. Well then, so be it.

  • Hard Little Machine

    They sipped tea and ate biscuits and quietly philosophized to one another in the dulcet tones of contemplation. They sat in the cool breeze of a walled garden. And when they were all raped and killed, their wives, sons and daughters raped and killed, the look on their faces was priceless.