69 million page views

Islamic Counter-Reformation Means Minimal Modernity

Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?

Submitted by GWK (United States), Jan 13, 2005 at 14:26

Ansar Raza asked a question that deserves a better response. It seems that the Qadiani Muslims are being persecuted by islamic fundamentalists as a cult. Little do I know how to respond to the theological questions the ulema pose, but you can see the depth and intensity of the anti-Qadiani feelings at the following site:


In fact, it seems evident that the reasonable questions that Dr. Pipes suggests work only if the reformationists feel that they will not be stuck on a limb when the counter-reformers come chasing after them. If we have to depend on modernizers within Islam to go out on a limb, there has to be some incentive for them to take the attendant risk, or they will remain silent.

(For example, let's supppose we lived in a dangerous world where others could order one's death or persecution for one's beliefs. At what point would one feel it was worthwhile to stick one's neck out?)

Note: Opinions expressed in comments are those of the authors alone and not necessarily those of Daniel Pipes. Original writing only, please. Comments are screened and in some cases edited before posting. Reasoned disagreement is welcome but not comments that are scurrilous, off-topic, commercial, disparaging religions, or otherwise inappropriate. For complete regulations, see the "Guidelines for Reader Comments".

Follow Daniel Pipes

Facebook   Twitter   RSS   Join Mailing List

All materials by Daniel Pipes on this site: © 1968-2024 Daniel Pipes. daniel.pipes@gmail.com and @DanielPipes

Support Daniel Pipes' work with a tax-deductible donation to the Middle East Forum.Daniel J. Pipes

(The MEF is a publicly supported, nonprofit organization under section 501(c)3 of the Internal Revenue Code.

Contributions are tax deductible to the full extent allowed by law. Tax-ID 23-774-9796, approved Apr. 27, 1998.

For more information, view our IRS letter of determination.)