A Little Gloss
"The main Muslim bodies, such as the Muslim Council of Britain, get very annoyed when people speak of 'Islamic terrorism' or even (a better phrase, because it draws attention to the fact that the terrorism is inspired by a version of Islam rather than by all Islam) 'Islamist terrorism'." --Charles Moore
If there exists a version of the Qur'an, or a collection of the Hadith judged by Muslims to be as reliable as those of Bukhari and Muslim, or a Muslim life of Muhammad, different from all those that have heretofore appeared, that do not insist that Jihad to spread Islam until it everywhere dominates, that leaves out all the injunctions to fight the Infidels, to strike terror in their hearts, and so on -- then Charles Moore should produce them. But if he cannot, he should instead consider carefully what it means to put one's hopes on the existence of an "Islam" different from what he calls, and perhaps too fondly believes exists, "Islamism."
The lapidary formula of Ibn Warraq remains: "There are moderate Muslims. Islam itself is not moderate."
And for the problem of that unhelpful, shape-shifting category the "moderate Muslim," see "Ten Things To Think When Thinking About Moderate Muslims."
Posted on 11/17/2007 1:36 PM by Hugh Fitzgerald