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Islam and the East too

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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Jun 16, 2022 at 01:14

Dear Dr Pipes,

Although I want to say something about the insults that Dabashi reserved for you, Bernard Lewis, and Fouad Ajami, I will quickly jump to the more important matters. You quoted Dabashi's statement: "Underlying all such antipathy is the unexamined presumption of an innate hostility between 'Islam' and 'the West'."

Apparently Dabashi wrote a whole book about the hostility between 'Islam' and 'the West'. ... If Dabashi notices that there is a real or apparent hostility between Islam and the West, he must have also noticed that there is some hostility between Islam and the East as well. People in India, Myanmar, and China are not exactly in love with Islam. Nor is Islam in love with the infidels of the eastern stock. Does Dabashi admit that there is some hostility between Islam and the East as well?

If there is hostility between Islam and the East also, doesn't it weaken the hypothesis that the hostility between the West and Islam is unique? How likely is it that both the East and the West only have hostilities with Islam? ...

The Quran's persistent dismissal of the so called infidels and their scriptures is real. And, the latter is the primary cause of former. And, after Islam enters the modern age, hostility will automatically disappear.

Mr. Dabashi also took a cheap shot on the west by making it an issue of race. I will reproduce his statement quoted by you: "The works of Huntington, together with those of Francis Fukuyama, Bernard Lewis, and Alan Bloom, demonstrate a collective fear of losing the stronghold of white Christian supremacy." I suggest that Dabashi should not try to resort to race. Let me remind him that those who have fear of Islam come from every race. There are people in USA, Nigeria, China, and India who have serious concerns about how Islam conducts itself and people in these countries have different races.

Contemplation idea for Dabashi: Can people's disagreements with Islam be explained on the basis of race? Good luck and Happy thinking.


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