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Reader comment on item: Once considered anti-Islam, senior scholar says he's now in the middle

Submitted by John Nosser (United States), Oct 13, 2010 at 15:26

I used to disagree with Dr. Pipes. I believed that there was no way to change or reform Islam. I believed that even Secular Muslims potentially posed a threat to the American way of life. After becoming aware of a few Moderate Muslims such as Dr. Zuhdi Jasser (Sp?), however, I have changed my opinion. Dr. Jasser is clearly an American Patriot, and he sincerely believes in the separation of Mosque and State. So Dr. Pipes is correct. It is not so much what is in the Koran, Sira, and Hadith; as how those texts are interpreted by Muslims.

So I accept being called unsophisticated, since it is now clear to me that how the texts are interpreted can be influenced. However, it is only Muslims such as Dr. Jasser who can actually change the interpretations or get them changed. Present day pious Muslims will still be a great danger to us. My only concern now is, can these changes in interpretations occur fast enough to cut short Islamic terrorism?


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