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Submitted by Henk Twerda (Netherlands), Jul 1, 2013 at 19:26

I want to stress one important point. It is possible that although a reformed Islam can emerge (like the peaceful Shinto of today differs from the Shinto of Japan in World War 2), it is by no means a given that it will emerge. It is foolish to assume that all religions are basically the same and will go through the same development.

Without Japans total defeat of 1945, Shinto would probably have been just as violent as it was at the day of Pearl Harbor. So be prepared for the possibility that the reformed version of Islam does not prevail at all.

Besides this, I think that the name "Sharia'ism" is a better way to distinguish the Ideology from the religion, because, it sounds different than the name oft the religion. Islam and Islamism sounds almost the same.


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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am not assuming all religions are the same; I am pointing to the fact that other religions made major changes to suggest that Islam, which has also made many changes over the centuries, can also modernize.

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