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What does it look like?

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in response to reader comment: Pipes is right and here's proof of why the Muslim world is not a monolith

Submitted by Iqbal (India), Dec 20, 2012 at 23:13

I know this is Dr Pipes' basic premise - the possibility of 'moderate Islam'... But, could any one describe how I could be a 'practising Muslim' in a majority Muslim population without doing i.e. allowing my religion to do anything undemocratic, irrational or unreasonable or against women's wellbeing? If you can describe it maybe it will exist - if it is a hope for the future its probably only an illusion!

Good practising Muslims practise the tenets as per the Koran and remain 'civilized' only when in a minority. Things change once there's no inhibiting or subordinating force, usually from a more democratic 'non-Muslim' source. So 'moderation' could really work when Muslims' numbers are kept down?

All the examples you've given of 'moderate' Muslims were of people less indoctrinated (therefore 'bad' Muslims) and/or those inhibited by a non-Muslim majority.

Honestly, wish the moderate Muslim was a true possibility - but don't really see it in reality

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