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Islam is not ready to mature

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Submitted by Yael Aron (United States), Aug 13, 2002 at 13:16

IT is said that history repeats itself. I believe this adage can be applied to understanding what is going on in the Muslim world.

Looking back at Judaism, there was a militant version -- a long time ago -- during the Helenistic and Roman empire times.

After a soul searching process the Jewish Sages agreed on leaving behind the militarism and advocating and promoting the other side of Judaism.

Similarly, Christianity evolved in the same way. It practically took World War II for the Christian leaders to promote and educate peace and tolerance.

Islam, being much younger than Christianity and Judaism is still in its militalistic stage.

It is true that one can see the advantages of Islam maturing in the same way, the problem is that such development can only come from within the Muslim world. Muslims need to engage in a soul rearching process, from which they can change their society.

Here is where I see the problem: The Muslim world is not ready, is not mature enough to do this.

Is there a solution, like more education, but who will do it, and how?

Every religion has within it a militaristic force; what differs is is how it is used, and who are the ones in charge.
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