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Re Havas - is it the people ?

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Submitted by myth (Germany), Nov 28, 2009 at 04:15

Havas, is it the people as you say ? This touches one of the most disputed questions in many discussions. Wether or not the religion, culture or the people or whatever combination breeds radical islam. There are people like Robert Spencer who argue that from a theological standpoint the islamic texts itself are the clear sources of radical islam.

There is Dr Pipes coming from a standpoint of history who says Islam is what muslims do. There are people like you who argue that people who seek power use whatever they can find to exercise power in high positions. When I look at the whole sharia construct I am tempted to imagine that this was quite a progressive approach in the middle ages to have a set of laws that would apply to all people without the necessity of a nation state. Judged by middle age standard even the punishments I imagine were inline with mainstream government. In todays context, modern life and government, the opposite is true. Islamism 2.0 adapts to modern government in order to exploit its power and legitimacy. As for the people I would like to hear Dr Pipes understanding as to what extent Islam shaped the arab culture or the arab culture shaped authentic islam.

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