Monday, August 20, 2007

A Muslim Enlightenment

What we have is a Muslim Reformation, what we need is some enlightenment, says Cap'n Ed:

Muslims stopped having a central authority analog to Rome with the fall of the Caliphate, formally in 1920. As a result, Muslims increasingly relied on personal interpretations of the Qur'an and the Hadiths. Imams had no central authority or oversight and could teach their own personal brand of Islam. It's no accident that the Muslim Brotherhood, the grandfather of jihadi groups, sprang into being at this point and produced thinkers like Sayyid Qutb, who argues for the Muslim version of sola scriptura. As Muir notes, Qutb could be seen as a Calvinist in temperament, but one that argues for the reinstatement of the Caliphate, based on his own interpretation of the holy books of Islam.
Would a Caliphate moderate individualistic extremist tendencies? Hmmm..... A "moderate" Caliphate would have a short lifespan, I fear.

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