What the “hijab debate” with Asra Nomani has really made clear is that “reform Muslims” react one of two ways when their positions are subjected to even the most minimal amount of critique and critical scrutiny.

The below excerpt describes it aptly in context of college students.

“College students often have only two gears when it comes to public discourse: ‘non-judgmentalism’ and ‘furious indignation.’ In one gear, they proclaim endlessly that ‘this is just what I think,’ that they ‘don’t want to judge anyone else’ and that they ‘don’t want to tell anyone else what to do.’ And yet when they come upon some activity or expression they find unacceptable—usually something they have been taught to view as a sign of an unacceptable prejudice or bias—their response is loud and furious: a shrill protest of indignation.”

 

Daniel Haqiqatjou

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