Tuesday, 14 April 2015

What Is Islam's Oldest Religious Institution Afraid Of?

Hiam Nawaz asks, at the end of this article, "is it just me or is there something bewilderingly wrong with this picture?" [Of Islam's oldest University gagging a popular radio satirist].
No, it's not just you, Hiam. There is indeed something wrong with this picture.
But it is not bewildering.
If you read scholarly books such as Robert Reilly's "The Closing of the Muslim Mind" one learns that the battles between reformers on the one side, and on the other side the conservatives who wished no change, no "bidah", or innovation, was won centuries ago. In favor of the latter. Modern Muslims are in danger of death if they try to open the debate again.

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