Islam won’t morph into something like Anglicanism

Tom Holland (“In search of the prophet”, 6/6) suggests that “recognising that the stories told about Mohammed are largely fictions bred of a particular context and period should facilitate the emergence, during the course of the next century, of a clearly Western form of Islam.”

What evidence is there for this rosy view of the future? The stories have been around for centuries. Who among Islamic clerics would be the first to say that they are tall stories? Foolishly brave ones, I would suggest. And even with the violent parts of the Hadith excised, the Koran (the very words of Allah) will remain immutable and will serve just as well to inspire the jihadists.

Thinking that Islam will morph into something akin to Anglicanism is mindlessly optimistic. Islamists are not milksops and never will be. Unless we wake up to that, the next century will bring sharia, not kumbaya.

Peter Smith, Cremorne, NSW, Australia


  • I can’t imagine imams wearing sweater vests.

  • JoKeR
  • Ed

    The followers of islam, particularly the aggressive manifestations, aren’t primarily drawn by faith. They’re drawn because islam gives them something little else can… A feeling of superiority in a world where modernity has passed them by. Islamists are as much anti modern as they are religious. Without islam they’re primitives on a rock pile throwing rocks at each other. Now they use guns, since they stole some…

    • dance…dancetotheradio

      It has to give them something to hold on to since their culture makes it impossible for a modern democratic nation state and it’s attendant technological superiority to arise.

  • SDMatt

    About the best we can hope for is someone like Tarek Fatah, who rejects all non-Koranic scripture as man-made and who through Christian schooling has somehow managed to ditch most of the crazy inherent in Mohammadanism, all the while standing on the edge of his own personal Rubicon suppressing any meaningful examination of his beloved prophet and ghastly book.

    And how many of him are there around?

  • Xavier

    Islam won’t morph into anything; it will condense into its essence.
    Right now, we call that ISIS or Daesh.

  • Brett_McS

    Notice the difference, as shown by these letters: (non-leftist) Westerners come into contact with Islam and their response is to study it and work out what is going on (a famous example being Thomas Jefferson’s). Arabs, and hence Muslims, don’t read or study for themselves – it’s all “ask the Imam”. Ayaan Hrsi Ali found this the most striking difference between her native culture of Somalia and the West.

    • Norman_In_New_York

      I think a significant number of Muslims do read and study for themselves on the sneak, but they wouldn’t dare open up about it to others knowing what the penalties for apostasy and heresy are.

      • Brett_McS

        The converts certainly do … and I suggest that is why they are often the most vicious: they follow the Koran to the letter.

        • Alain

          Nothing beats the zeal of a convert whatever the religion from my own observation.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            Yeah, but the several times I have quit smoking before relapsing I made a promise not to be that bastard ex-smoker.

          • Alain

            Good for you, because zealots of any order are intolerable.

          • dance…dancetotheradio

            I have a small amount of zealotry on certain issues.
            I called someone a fuck face the other day because carbon taxes are a joke.
            Got up my nose.
            I haven’t got the gumption up to apologise for being such a prick, yet.

      • Frau Katze

        It’s impossible to know, because the nut jobs are so ready to literally kill questioners. Hardly the atmosphere needed for studying and discussing.

        • Alain

          Yes, only due to that and forced conversion are they able to keep the number of Muslims from decreasing.

          • Frau Katze


  • just a thought

    Words of Saudi cleric…

    “And you will not find any organization past or present, religious or non-religious as regards (Jihad and military) (ordering) the whole nation to march forth and mobilize all of them, into active military service as a single row for Jihad in Allaah’s Cause so as to make superior the Word of Allaah (i.e. none has the right to be worshipped but Allaah), as you will find in the Islaamic Religion and its teachings.”

    No, it ain’t no “inner struggle.” It’s cold-blooded, ruthless, bloodthirsty violence committed by demons disguised as men..