Does Islam Need Reformation Or Do Islamic Societies Need Enlightenment?

2635 Words Nov 14th, 2014 11 Pages
While lacking any academic credentials, these islamophobic figures, in their scorched-earth view of Islam, wage a campaign that reduces an entire scripture of 114 chapters and over 6,000 verses to a few de-contextualized verses, and their criticism of Islam as grossly simplistic and desperate attempt to malign a world religion and a human civilization comparable to others. For a religion, unlike Christianity and Judaism, that didn 't experience Renaissance, the Reformation and the Enlightenment, and Industrial Revolution, Islam has been comparably tolerant at the beginning as well as today, and slowly improving its core human rights conditions.

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Does Islam need Reformation or do Islamic societies need Enlightenment? Since the Sept 11, 2001, there have been many calls from within Islamic societies or outside of it pushing for a reformation of Islamic practices. The West 's Reformation of 16th century is the supposed <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/todd-green-phd/islam-martin-luther_b_884264.html">template</a> for today 's Muslim countries. This would be a movement to counter the fundamentalists and theocratic regimes that would pave the way for desirable outcomes like human rights and separation of religion and state.
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Salman Rushdie, the author of <i>Satanic Verses</i>, explains it this way: “What is needed is a move beyond tradition—nothing less than a reform movement to bring the core concepts of Islam into the modern age, a Muslim Reformation to…
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