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We Need You to Interpret Islamic History

Reader comment on item: How Terrorism Harms Radical Islam

Submitted by Richard H. Shulman (United States), Jan 10, 2015 at 10:55

Dr. Pipes,

This article is an example of your explaining Radical Islamic violence to a West that is confused about it.

You specialized in Islamic history. Most Westerners are confused about Islamic history. They don't know what it was like at its start, what its basic principles are, what got modified in the Medieval period, that the modifications later got eroded, whether the Islamists have an Islamic view or their own view, how much sympathy most Muslims have for Radical positions and actions, what proportion of Muslims in the West are Muslims in name only, and whether radicalized Muslim youth come from families only nominally Muslilms, fairly religious, or very devout.

Your organization could play a useful role in explaining some of those questions.

Richard

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