How to think - and talk - about Islam

WHEN television host Bill Maher declares on his weekly show that “the Muslim world... has too much in common with ISIS (now known as the Islamic State, or IS)”, and author Sam Harris, a guest on the show, concurs, arguing that Islam is “the mother lode of bad ideas”, I understand why people are upset. Maher and Harris made crude simplifications and exaggerations. And yet, they were also talking about something real. I know all the arguments against speaking of Islam as violent and reactionary. It has a vast following of 1.6 billion people. Places such as Indonesia and India have hundreds of millions of Muslims, who don’t fit these caricatures.................Download the full article in pdf attachment (below)


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