By Diana Hsieh
Can Islam change for the better? Many critics of Islam claim that the religion is inherently totalitarian, violent, and repressive – and hence, that change for the better is utterly impossible. An Islamic reformation or enlightenment will never happen, they say. Is that true? More generally, what are the limits of a religion's ties to its own scriptures?
My Answer, In Brief: As in every other religion, Muslims are not bound to the barbaric elements of Islamic texts. Islam can change – and hopefully will, for the better.
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Tags: Christianity, Foreign Policy, Islam, Judaism, Philosophy, Religion
- Can Islam Be Reformed? by Daniel Pipes
- Wikipedia: Islamic Golden Age
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