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Islam and reason

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Submitted by gnargtharst (United States), Aug 14, 2006 at 14:10

In listing the attributes of fascism, Daniel Pipes correctly notes that it "denigrates reason". He then contrasts this with radical Islam; he says this "outlook is anathema to Islamists".

Do I understand this correctly? Daniel Pipes is suggesting that "reason" is a prominent characteristic of Islamism?

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Daniel Pipes replies:

No, what I am saying is that Islamists do not denigrate reason, nor do they exalt the will.

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