Winds of Jihad: Dealing with ignorance about Islam

Christmas is often a time to meet distant relatives and exchange views. Such was the case for me this Christmas when I had a occasion to speak to a rather smug and ignorant relative about Islam. So ignorant was he and so full of certainty that it was difficult to know where to begin. It was as if he had soaked up every cosy media homily about the real nature of Islam and regurgitated them without question.

What can we do when confronted by people of this type?

A recent post at New English Review gave me an idea. The post describes an interview between retired Hebrew University Professor of Islamic and East Asian History, Raphael Israeli, and radio personality Tali Lipkin-Shahak. During the interview the familiar gap between the knowledgeable and the ignorant emerges; the difference between knowledge and ignorance with which all those who have studied Islam now carry like a historic responsibility…

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  • Any time one asks for substantiation, one is met with either silence or dribble, proof that humanity has mentally devolved and the leftists have done their dirty work.

    • winniec

      Leftards don’t use logic. They mark their territory with ad hominem smears such as ‘racist’, even though Islam is an ideology, rather than a race.

      • It’s up to people to call that out for what it is: cowardice and idiocy. When leftists realise that those words don’t work anymore, they will be stuck.

  • winniec

    ‘UNACQUAINTED’ is a good word to use with the jihad-ignorant or naïve-about-Islam.
    Example: ‘You seem to be UNACQUAINTED with the doctrine of jihad or the foundational books of Islam…the Sira, hadiths and Koran…Most people have an opinion Islam, but they are completely UNACQUAINTED with the books that Islamic teachings come from…that is unfortunate that opinions are being expressed without any research.’

  • Barrington Minge

    On balance, I think I’d rather stay ignorant about islam….just like most mooslims. Ignorance is control: ask any moolah!!

  • Brett_McS

    Everyone has comfortable fictions; it is just that different people have them about different things. That’s why we need other people, even if they are not as smart as we are ;-).

    If we go into a discussion with the assumption that only the other person suffers from rose-coloured glasses syndrome we will come across as quite arrogant.

    Perhaps a better approach is more on the lines of a testimonial where we go through how we overcame a comfortable fiction of our own (perhaps about Islam, or something else) by studying the subject.