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Submitted by Annonymous (Canada), Sep 22, 2005 at 13:08

Hi Daniel

You have said

"Static: An unchanging holy scripture cannot account for change over time. If the Koran causes terrorism, then how does one explain the 1960s, when militant Islamic violence barely existed? The Koran was the same text then as now. More broadly, over a period of 14 centuries, Muslims have been inspired by the Koran to act in ways aggressive and passive, pious and not, tolerant and not. Logic demands that one look elsewhere than an immutable text to account for such shifts."

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I disagree with you on this point, it is important to remember that Arabs and most of the muslim world were busy resisting the occupation of Turks, Britian, France, ..etc until 1900 century, they used the Quran then to resist the occupation, there is a very famous saying in the muslim world which is "if you are silent about your right then you are considered a devil"

I have lived in Arabic country for most of my life, I could see huge changes in the ideology and behaviour since 1960's to recent years. It was rare to see women with Hijab on the streets in the 1960s, but now it is very rare to see women without hijab in the streets of any Middle Eastern country. There has been what muslims calls an "Islamic revolution" that started in late 1970's.

My strong belief is that Quran is the same book that motivated people to kill 1400 years ago until today. Mohammad is the example who whenever wanted to justify any war action, he would invent a verse to motivate people to occupy more lands in the cause of spreading Islam.
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