What is not understood is how shallow and provincial so many of the most cherished beliefs of the current times really are. If you compare those parts of Islamic law and ethics that people find most objectionable today to what was on offer for the vast majority of human history throughout the world, there are no significant differences.

But the modern tendency is to view the past as a black hole of barbarity and oppression. Theologically, Muslims don’t share that view — the earlier times were the best of times. So this will create conflict and misunderstanding. We are not willing to throw our past under the bus because we understand the implications of that. This reluctance makes a lot of our contemporaries very, very angry. Violently so.

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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