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Submitted by Prashant (United States), Aug 1, 2022 at 18:26

Dear Dr Pipes, let us review Kuru's sentence, "a certain degree of separation between the ulema (the religious leaders who represented Islamic knowledge, education and law) and political rulers". Is this sentence not a very complicated way to say that Islam needs to adopt democracy and separation of church and state? Academicians make things more complicated than they need to be. A prescription for Islam can fit in 200 words or less:

1. Adopt democracy and separation of church and state.

2. Discard your love for violence.

3. Discard your disdain for other religions.

4. Do not treat women too differently from how you treat men.

5. Drop your obsession with Islam. Islam does not have to be perfect. Just good.

6. Let people think and choose. Blasphemy and apostasy laws are against free-thought.

7. Muslims/Islam do not have a claim on any land on the planet. All land belong to all people. No land needs to be Islamic.

8. Think reciprocity. Adopt golden rule.in your day to day conduct (particularly with non-Muslims).

That is less than 100 words. Kuru does not have to write a hardcover book with hundreds of pages. Nor does he need to find excuses and apologies for Islam. Must non-Muslims live by the above 8 rules or violate them for non-religious reasons. Muslims also need to do the same.

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