Wednesday, 21 July 2010

Getting to know Islam

One of the things that many Muslims said in the wake of 911 and the alleged backlash against Muslims then was that non-Muslims should learn more about Islam, then they would understand that it is a "religion of peace".  That's what I -- and many thousands of others -- did; we went first to the Koran then read around the religion, in the Hadith and the Sira, the life of Muhammad.  And found what we found: that it is the opposite of a religion of peace, as it is laid out in its base documents, the doctrine of the faithful.
Now we find the same in a study in Germany: that the more young Muslim Germans study the tenets of Islam -- that is, the more they know about it -- the more violent they are:
"A new German study shows that boys growing up in pious Muslim families, are more likely to be violent".  Study here, thanks to
Photo above: [And yet]: "German converts to Islam make a valuable contribution to a dialog between Muslims and non-Muslims" according to Der Spiegel, 13 Sept 2007.   The author, anthropologist Esra Özyürek from the University of California, San Diego, clearly has not read the basic documents of Islam.  And how much of the "dialog" is Muslims telling non-Muslims what they must do to accommodate the "religion of peace"....