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Accomodations by Islam

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Submitted by Vivian E. Wolfe (United States), Aug 13, 2002 at 13:55

Perhaps, you have already done so, but, I think it would be helpful to the current dialogue on Islam if you could summarize some examples of ways in which other religions adapted to the times that might be emulated by Islam. I realize this is a tricky
topic because we are not trying to dictate changes. I would think, though, that it would be essential for the religion of Islam to openly acknowledge and exhort its followers that one huge area of adaptation that is necessary is to the civil law of the land. There are probably some cultural adaptations that could also serve Islam's best interests in the give and take of American community life. Some of the social and cultural problems that they object to are also opposed by Christians and Jews, e.g.
the sexualization of T.V. and entertainment, consumerism, moral degradation of youth and children to cite just a few. Islam could well find allies in other faiths against some of the baser aspects of our western culture. A search for common ground could be very productive and positive.

V.E.W.
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