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Contradictions of Islam

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Submitted by Concerned Buddhist (Lithuania), Sep 20, 2007 at 03:08

Donvan wrote:

[The "Moslem Personality Disorder" is a result of internalizing the ideology and dogma of an impossible ideology. The belief system that Muhammed cut-and -pasted together is so fundamentally flawed, that the process of internalization and incorporation into the human psyche does actual damage, hence the disorder.]

Since Qur'an consists from so different kind of materials ranging from "war propaganda" to philosophical and poetical verses, it is indeed very difficult to manage. But the problem can indeed be much deeper that just that. Several years ago, I have found a very interested website of a Russian scholar(in Russian), where he investigates the Arab mentality.

A very interesting conclusion of his research is that as soon as Arabs do not listen to any preconceived or imported dogma and let their minds roam freely, their mind develops such kind of mental framework which is very at variance to both theistic dogmatic framework as well as to the Aristotelian logic and philosophy.

Examples of this Arab mental framework can be seen in the Sufi Philosophy of Ibn Arabi, as well in some other schools as Mutazila. It generated considerable conflicts and clashes among Muslim thinkers already in the first ages of Islam, and attempts to import Aristotelianism in order to solve the conflict only made the matters worse and increased the confusion.

However, when Ibn Arabi developed his extended thought system in XIII century, it came as complete shock to the Muslim thought. Now the Muslim world was before the choice - either abandon the dogmatic theism altogether or prohibit thinking and retreat to blind dogmatism. And the Muslim world chose the latter option. It brought about the complete paralysis of Muslim thinking. After XIII-XIV centuries there has been practically no development of Muslim thought worthy of mention with the exception of Shiitic Iran. There were only some makeshift attempts of some Sufi thinkers to reconcile the irreconciliable.

[The rigidity, brutality,male supremacy, and practical enslavement of females creats an impossible situation which results in the unhealthy mental construct. The lack of a central authority, only makes the condition worse. Leaving to the individual and his own devices the responsibility of interpretation and determination of quips and verses of meaningless platitudes, incomplete instruction, and a hate filled narrative.]

Male supremacy and practical enslavement of women existed not only in Islam, but in almost all old civilizations whether Chinese, Japanese, Indian etc. So perhaps not that is the main problem with Islam, but the fact that different strains of the Muslim thought are very difficult or impossible to reconcile and it brings about the rigidity in thinking, inflexibility and brutality remains often the only way to manage the mental chaos.

This is one of the reasons why there is no central authority in Islam. Another reason is that already in the Umayyad age, Caliphs started to lose the sacral caracter of their power, and the "sacral legislation" was appropriated by Sharia scholars, while Caliphs retained power only promulagate laws which scholars have agreed among themselves.

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