Publisher: AUOL Press Language: English ISBN-13: 978-1978236431
“By means of your democracy we shall invade you, by means of our religion we shall conquer you. Victory will come to us from the wombs of our women.” The post Brexit Europe should aim to stop the creeping incursion of illiberal and authoritarian ideologies disguised as “religions” or “cultures” into the continent’s liberal and democratic way of life. In most European nations, our adherence to liberal values has resulted in the growth of illiberal values. To put it differently our liberal societies began to tolerate the intolerant. If this trend is not stopped, its long term consequences will be catastrophic for the face of Europe as we and our ancestors have known it. Europe’s tolerance and support of the wrongly called ideal of multi-culturalism has resulted in the growth of a continent of multi-faithism. The revival of a religious narrative as an inevitable backlash to the growth of alien religiosity amidst secular Europe is a disturbing phenomenon. It took Europe five hundred years of evolution to reach this stage of separation of state and religion
A valuable, insightful, informative yet non-aggressive, non-abusive take on a subject that affects us all
I bought this book on recommendation and found it fascinating. A series of articles clearly written by an expert on the thoughts and ways of Islam. I am not an Islamaphobe, I am a tolerant and non-judgmental atheist who believes in everyones right to live their own lives, however, this book has opened my eyes to many worrying aspects of Islamic culture. I can already see the lack of integration and intolerance of our western society and the Islamic apparant need to impose change on other cultures. The future looks bleaker from reading this book if we continue to ignore the articles written, but more positive if we take on board the message this book imparts. A valuable, insightful, non-aggressive, non-abusive take on a subject that affects us all. Well Done.
Seventh Century Man also roams the globe in a somewhat different re-incarnation. This version of seventh century man is far more sophisticated in his pronouncements than his fellow Puritan. A Sophisticate, he too will have lived in the West for many years if not all his life. He has mastered the art of narrative deception making his pronouncements sound conciliatory and moderate in order not alienate his Western interlocutors.
Unlike his fellow Puritan he is highly intelligent and educated in some of the top universities in the land. He has no reservation in referring to himself as a Muslim. However, he never ceases to protest that “Islam is a religion of peace” and that “terrorists are not real Muslims nor do they speak for Islam” He has perfected the art of manipulating the facts in order to back up his “moderate “narrative.
Sophisticates and Puritans have one fundamental thing in common. They both abhor change in the religious doctrine that binds them and determines their world view and their everyday life.
A Sophisticate would never be heard questioning the word of Allah as “written” in the Holy Book, nor advocating the reform of the Quran that controls his very existence. That would amount to blasphemy which is a serious crime in Islam punishable by death. (Qur’anic verses that support the many Hadith that establish the death sentence for apostates are Quran verses 2:217, 9:73-74, 88:21, 5:54, 9:66.) He is equally gripped by fear and psychological bi-polarism.
When asked by Richard Dawkins in a recent Oxford University debate – whether he believes that Mohammad flew on a winged horse to meet up with Allah in the heavens and on his way there and back alighted in Jerusalem, British born Mehdi Hassan a journalist of renown with a degree from Oxford university replied emphatically that he did “because as a Muslim I believe in everything written in the Quran”. And for good measure he also added that he teaches his daughter the Quran including the tale of the winged horse!
“But you are an educated man of the twenty-first century!” retorted Dawkins committing his only faux paux of the evening. What in fact Dawkins should have said “I am not surprised to hear this from you coming as it does from a seventh century man transplanted in the 21st century”
May be Dawkins did not realise that the Sophisticate is as literalist in his interpretation of the Muslim scriptures as his fellow puritans.
The only difference between the Sophisticates and the Puritans is that, for a variety of reasons, Sophisticates shy away from the use of physical violence.