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Moderate Muslims

Reader comment on item: Bolstering Moderate Muslims

Submitted by T.L. Sink (United States), Apr 17, 2007 at 10:41

Theodore Dalrymple wrote a brilliant essay "What Went Wrong", which David Brooks of the N.Y. Times described as the best journal article of 2004. Dalrymple explained why there there are inherent elements within the dynamics of Islamic faith and culture that make moderation impossible to sustain in that religion. Dr. Pipes, I'm sure you're familiar with this article and I'm curious about your views on Dalrymple's thesis.

P.S. I love your very insightful and informative writings. All best,


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Daniel Pipes replies:

Thanks for the kind words.

I am a historian, I study change over time. So phrases like "inherent elements within the dynamics of Islamic faith and culture that make moderation impossible" strike me as wrong.

Everything changes. Nothing in theory prevents Muslims from being modern, moderate, and good neighborly.

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