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Is There An Islam Behind The Islamism?

Reader comment on item: Islamists Police the Classroom [at the University of South Florida]

Submitted by Alain Jean-Mairet (Switzerland), Jan 4, 2004 at 13:57

This kind of news, here at danielpipes.org, always leaves me an aftertaste. It seems to me that, with the sheer number of those anecdotes, the website is loosing some worth, which lies in the deepness and the rightness of the reflection. Of course, taken separately, all those pieces of information are useful and their publication is totally justified. But as they're adding, they start to convey a feeling of defensiveness, of "we have to unveil all of them" sort of attitude. I don't think that Daniel Pipes has to prove his point like that over and over. Well, I may be wrong, as I sit here, at the other side of the Atlantic. But nevertheless, shouldn't the "duty" of such a website not also be the tracing of the right direction? And this certainly goes through conciliation with reasonable Muslims. Well, I see it like that:

We have to take for granted that most Muslims are good believers, and that they would rather opt for a "moderate" and peaceful Islam than for a stubborn and bloody Islamism. If we do, we see that we should encourage this silent majority to become vocal. We can achieve that by talking with them, by making them take position, thus launching debates within the Muslim community, leading to a large consciousness that moderate (reasonable) Islam actually *is* the choice of most Muslims who have given it a solid thought. We should let them struggle within, and not fight them.

I am well aware of the very differentiate and careful manner with which this site always treats information in order to make his position quite clear (a talent I can but aspire to…), but it is of very little use without a longer term strategy that implies Muslims telling other Muslims that Islam is able to integrate itself in modernity. And this should show through, more or at least at strongly than the other, more aggressive side of the work which this article (Islamists Police the Classroom) is part of. For each of those, there should be a sign of hope.

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1I am Muslim and totally disagree with that practice... [622 words]MarciaDec 12, 2008 15:11144987
08 A counterpoint. [137 words]Phil GreendMar 30, 2008 13:52124112
1Islamic treachery [199 words]AnonymousJun 19, 2005 11:2422745
1to outlaw islam, it is not a religion [76 words]joseph anonymousMay 10, 2006 21:5822745
1Spirit of America [136 words]AngeleJan 26, 2004 23:3813571
1Shame and submission [135 words]MauricioJan 22, 2004 22:2913497
1It is mind control at its' most destructive [80 words]Mukmaad SadaakiNov 27, 2006 10:5413497
11402# comment [163 words]S.C.PandaJan 19, 2004 05:1613403
Why don't you say it clearly and unequivically ? [105 words]Saul PfefferJan 14, 2004 19:4213367
Tolerance on Campus [410 words]Seth FrantzmanJan 12, 2004 16:4113310
Put yourself in their place [200 words]Charles R.L. PowerJan 7, 2004 16:5213215
We should put ourselves in their place to defend our free and secular societies [122 words]Herman Van KeerMar 9, 2007 16:4513215
What? [195 words]Daryle DawsonDec 23, 2007 11:0913215
High School vs 7th Grade [85 words]Walt BreedeJan 6, 2004 20:5213174
islam in world history-will it contain the last 50 years? [64 words]vijay ladJan 6, 2004 12:3413166
Not subjective artcle [86 words]shaker AsiriJan 6, 2004 05:2813159
Islam in the universty class room taught by devotees. [250 words]kameelfaragJan 6, 2004 02:1313154
Islam in classrooms [72 words]HArry WelelrJan 5, 2004 22:4913149
Not proven [107 words]Leif KnutsenJan 5, 2004 14:1913123
separation of church and state [80 words]pattiJan 5, 2004 13:4913118
Painting with a broad brush [335 words]Naomi HordesJan 5, 2004 13:1413113
The Thought Police [162 words]Dov Sussman, Esq.Jan 4, 2004 22:2513100
Campus watch [98 words]robert fusfeldJan 4, 2004 21:4713099
PLEASE STOP THIS TRAGEDY [85 words]Maged RofailJan 4, 2004 21:2613098
racial profiling among other things [128 words]Norm LeenstraJan 4, 2004 21:1513097
An Omission? [205 words]ron thompsonJan 4, 2004 18:5313095
Jihad [81 words]steven charlesJan 4, 2004 15:3013092
Is There An Islam Behind The Islamism? [346 words]Alain Jean-MairetJan 4, 2004 13:5713089
Teaching "Sunday School" religion [55 words]mikeJan 4, 2004 13:5313087
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Islam, The Religion of Fear [402 words]Arlinda DeAngelisJan 4, 2004 12:0113082
like it or lump it [61 words]Richard HandJan 4, 2004 09:0113078

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