Both left and right wing critics of Islam appeal to philosophical liberalism in their critiques of Islam, employing concepts like freedom of religion, freedom of speech, freedom of dress, gender equality, separation of church and state, etc.

Please keep in mind that a losing strategy is to argue back against these critics that these liberal concepts are indeed Islamic and that Islam endorses these notions. (Yes, there are Islamic positions that can be conceivably understood as partially supporting some of these notions, but it’s a highly conditioned endorsement at best.)

The winning strategy is to say, these concepts are incoherent for such and such reasons and are not even being implemented in “secular liberal” world in the way that you imagine and they don’t contribute to justice and goodness even if they were and besides, Islam offers a better alternative.

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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