July 13, 2005
Islam, London, Terror & Cult: Further Musing
By serendipity I ran across this article:
The interesting nexus with the headline is the Wahhabite purists' approach to the religion. In many ways taking a infantalising view of their fellow Muslims, they activily wish to destroy the past to avoid "shirk" - polytheism. Does not speak strongly to their respect for the 'aql -reason (yes 'aqoul is a form of this word)- of their fellow Muslims.
Posted by The Lounsbury at July 13, 2005 06:36 AM
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With regards to the infantalizing view of fellow Muslims, one needs look no further than women's rights in Saudi Arabia. "Infantalizing" is a good way of putting it; wahabism, and other forms of Islam, are rampant with it, especially concerning troublesome Western freedoms.
The clearing away of historic buildings could be seen in a more conniving sense. By wiping away the past, doctrinal leaders can keep control of the religion in their own, present, hands. Less connections to the past, or even the prophet, gives people less opportunity to find religious inspiration and comfort in their own ways. It's a sinister theory, yes, but I'd gamble there's some truth in it. The Middle East always seems to be full of leaders fearing they'll lose their people to 'someone else'.
Posted by: zurn at July 14, 2005 03:02 PM