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Confusing the permanent with the temporary

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Submitted by judy (Canada), Mar 24, 2016 at 09:02

"The third position says Islam itself is the radical version.. It confuses the temporary with the permanent, the part with the whole."

The permanent historical terrorism since the beginning of Islam is ongoing and has never wavered. How then do we confuse the temporary with the permanent...is it not the other way around? Few "moderate' Muslims would not prefer the "rule of God' to our secular laws...they just let others do their fighting for them.

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Daniel Pipes replies:

"The permanent historical terrorism since the beginning of Islam is ongoing and has never wavered."

In short: Nothing ever changes. But that's an inaccurate, essentialist, ahistorical view of Muslim history.

Quite the contrary, Islam has changed very greatly in the near-half century that I have been studying it. In 1969, modernism was ascendant and Islamism a weak force. The terrorism you refer to barely existed then.

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