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    Shariah is also very misunderstood, and it doesn't help that there are many interpretations of exactly what it means and what it calls for in a given situation.  I did discuss Shariah in another diary, but I feel it was not the in-depth treatment that the subject deserves.

    Your comment about seeing things in context is exactly right.  The people who like to spread Islamophobia cherry pick verses and throw them out there with no context at all, and since most Westerners are not Muslim they have no idea of the history or the setting relating to that verse.  Qur'an 9:5 is their favorite, but they even cherry pick the translations to get the one which will paint Muslims in the worst light.  It is very damaging to Islam.  

    The struggle to reclaim not just these words but the very concept of Islam in Western minds from the extremists is ongoing, and your analysis of what needs to be done is dead on.

    Thanks for the comment.

    Terror has no religion.

    by downsouth on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 06:52:14 AM PDT

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    •  I saw your diary on Sharia and recc'd (3+ / 0-)
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      it as it was an excellent discussion on the topic.  As you provide this context to the discussion of Islam in an attempt to fight Islamaphobia, I hope that you will consider dealing with one on dealing with another meme used to denigrate Islam -- polygamy and the denigration of women. As I understand i,, there is a verse in the Qu'ran which, while permitting a man to take 4 wives, says that one may only deal justly with one.   As I see it, the Prophet understood the milieu in which he was working in 6th centruy Arabia, and basically tried to bring the people into a system in which there would be less denigration of the status of women then existed prior to that time in that place.

      Context is always important, and never more so than in interpreting religious texts.  Reading through, for example, Numbers or Deuteronmy, and taking the commands out of the context of the time and place place both Judaism and Christianity into a very bad light vis a vis our modern view of  right and wrong.  Some practititioners of both religions continue to take a literal view of the injunctions, rather than understanding the context in which they were made.   The same appears to be true in Islam.  

      That is not to say that any of these religions is "wrong" per se.  But, rather that it is important for modern practitioners to understand the essential truths contained therein, rather than simply focusing on literal, non-contextual understandings.

      One of the painful things about our time is that those who feel certainty are stupid, and those with any imagination and understanding are filled with doubt and indecision -- Bertrand Russell

      by Its the Supreme Court Stupid on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 07:39:54 AM PDT

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      •  It is a big problem. (3+ / 0-)

        The question of the treatment of women in Islam, and the misconceptions about it, is something I do plan to cover, insha'allah,  in another diary.  As a progressive, it is a subject that is close to my heart and needs to be dealt with properly and accurately.  I'll say this much here though: the denigration of women that you bring up is not valid, and is based on what men want as opposed to what God wants.

        Another subject I am considering that will necessarily touch on women's rights in Islam is the equality of all people introduced by the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh), and how it changed the world around him, and what it has meant for both Arabia and the larger world.  It was a revolutionary concept at the time.

        Terror has no religion.

        by downsouth on Tue Jul 05, 2011 at 08:15:06 AM PDT

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