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Can Islam change?

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Submitted by Reuven Ofir, Ph.D (United States), Nov 9, 2014 at 12:22

I agree that Islam has the potential to change. It did experience a period of liberalism, creativity in the arts, sciences, literature etc., and then unfortunately reactinary forces set in and shut that progressive era down completely. As things are today I believe Islam can change for the better but only after its extreme elements render extraordinary and terrible destruction in their wake.

The extremists will fail because 1, they destroy rather than build, 2. because they prevent 50% of their population, the women from obtaining education - which shuts off an enormous font of creativity and productivity, and 3. because the remainder 50% of their populations' education is for the most part limited to reciting the Koran.

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