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Reader comment on item: [Finding Moderate Muslims:] Do you believe in modernity?

Submitted by Khalil (United States), Nov 28, 2005 at 08:27

As Salammu Alaikum,

Mr Pipes i wish i knew of your scholarly level of understanding of Islam and who you sat with to learn these things...

Given there are people who in the name of Islam have committed serious atrocities yet through history men of all religions have committed acts that do not reflect the deen in which they subscribe. Does this mean that the deen is at fault or is it the men who commit these acts that are to be held accountable?

It seems to me that if you spent your time actually learning about the true deen of Islam and spoke about solutions to problems it may benefit not only those who are ignorant to Islam but even the muslim people...

Respectfully submitted,

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Daniel Pipes replies:

I am historian of Islam, not a specialist on the religion. But I did "sit with" a number of scholars in my student and early teaching years. The acknowledgments to my 1983 book, "In the Path of God," mentions (among others) Ahmad Hasan al-Baquri, Ulrich Haarmann, Albert Hourani, Taha Hussein, Nurcholis Madjid, Fazlur Rahman, Wilfred Cantwell Smith, and John Voll. Not mentioned there, but in addition I studied with Annemarie Schimmel.

How to assess responsibility between Islam and Muslims is much too large a topic to get into here.


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