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Submitted by Ianus (Poland), Dec 5, 2006 at 12:13

Dr Pipes wrote i.al. :

"In contrast, only Muslims can undertake the second step, the formulation and spread of an Islam that is modern, moderate, democratic, liberal, good-neighborly, humane, and respectful of women."

I'd like to ask - if possible - Dr Pipes just one question . If someone else has already done it and the question has been answered before I'm sorry for the inconvenience of repeating it and I'd appreciate a hint where to find it.

In your opinion was Mohammad a moderate Muslim or not ?

With all due respect ,



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Daniel Pipes replies:

Not to be facetious, but I am far from convinced that such a person even existed, much less do we have credible information about his life.

The key is what Muslims make of Muhammad, not what he did or did not do. And that is very malleable. Note this quote from Hasan Hanafi, professor of philosophy at the University of Cairo: the Koran "is a supermarket, where one takes what one wants and leaves what one doesn't want" (http://www.dailystaregypt.com/article.aspx?ArticleID=3234).

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