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Motivations and rocket science

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Submitted by dhimmi no more (United States), Apr 7, 2014 at 17:14

Dr. RB wrote

I've spent enough time in India to understand the complex motivations and dynamics that go behind pretty much any action a Westerner might encounter. Similarly, I've spent enough intensive time with political, business, and religious leaders to understand the complexity of all that might appear a certain way on the surface.

I do not doubt it for a minute

And that's the point, motivations are complex and not simplistic or one-dimensional as the commenter portrays.

Then tell me why do you find my readings of their motivation to be one dimensional. Why do you complicate something that is not really complicated and this is not rocket science

Dr. Benkin you remind me of the last few lines in the great movie: Raiders of the lost Ark where the question was posed where is the Ark stored? Just watch the movie and you will find the answer

I've been close enough with enough people to pierce the various veneers that drive ideological or motive-based behavior.

And I do not have any doubt and this means that you must have realized that the one dimensional points that I made are indeed very valid

Know it. Without distinguishing between Middle Eastern and South Asia based Islam, one is doomed to chasing his or her tail. Islam, like other faiths, grows in the soil of a time and place. They provide its context.

I did not even mention anything about Islam in the Middle East all I told you is that I have my doubts

And speaking of Islam in the Middle East and I suspect also India some 70 years ago there was a very different Islam that was more tolerant and it was the Islam of Albert' Hourani's "Liberal age" and the Islam of Mohamed Abdu and Sheikh Tahtawi and Huda Sha3rawi and Islam that viewed the west as a civilization to be emulated and the Turks were viewed as the enemy

And the beginning of the end was the rise of the MB in 1928 setting the trend for a very different Islam and Muslims in India followed the trend

Dr. Benkin do not make things complicated when they are not

PS: Do you speak Urdu and can you read their primary literary sources in Urdu I'm just curious. If I was to study Islam in India I would for sure check the copies of the Qur'an in India as in reading the rasm of the Qur'an used by both Pickthall and Yusuf Ali because the rasm of this Qur'an is very different from the Cairo Qur'an

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