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The thorny question of what is Islam

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Submitted by Rebecca Moulds (United States), Jul 7, 2007 at 09:51

Addressing the differences between Islam, militant or radical Islam and moderate Islam is the main problem in Western societies. Many people are confused simply due to ignorance of not only the religion, but how it can vary from country to country. Drawing the line, as Mr. Pipes does, is a distinction that makes sense, but some people push this line further either way, or don't wish to see it at all.

It seems to me that Islam as a whole has many problems due to the various and opposing sects within it, the constant additions of new laws and fatwas amongst its imams, the different interpretations of its laws. That Islam is at variance with itself is obvious, and those who do not possess the knowledge to differentiate between our real enemies and our true friends should stop making grand gestures to the wrong side and just let the experts handle things.

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