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hardly reassuring - more depressing actually

Reader comment on item: Pope Benedict XVI and the Koran

Submitted by Sully (United States), Jan 18, 2006 at 19:18

Dr. Pipes,

Taking as a given your long study of Islam it is hardly reassuring that the best evidence you can present for potential for change in Islamic interpretation of the Koran is a theologian who was executed less than 22 years ago for the equivalent of blasphemy. This is the equivalent of naming Savonarola as an example of the Catholic Church's willingness to allow dissenting views in the middle ages.

Sully Augustine

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Daniel Pipes replies:

And the regime that executed him was brought down a few months later. Politics is not my concern in this particular analysis but the potential of Islam to change.

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